I have a HTC One S with Android version 4.0.3. On the short keypad I can't find a way to do a backtick. Am I just missing it, or is there a way to enable additional characters? (Or maybe a better soft keypad to download?)

  • There are plenty of 3rd party keyboards available, e.g. SlideIt, SwiftKey, Swype or Hacker's Keyboard – ce4 Nov 10 '12 at 17:29
  • @ce4 From your list at least SwiftKey doesn't have backticks. – R R Nov 10 '12 at 20:05
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    @RichardBorcsik: Sure it does. See my answer. – ale Nov 10 '12 at 20:06
  • @AlEverett This is faceplam worthy moment. I've been using it since the first betas and haven't noticed it. Lol. – R R Nov 11 '12 at 12:06
  • See my our Ben's answer. It's the correct answer, with a screenshot to prove it. :-) – lostdorje Jan 25 '15 at 4:00

For HTC keyboards long-pressing the C key brings up a list of characters to choose from including the backtick character.

Long-pressing the 'C' key brings up a list of characters to chose from including the backtick character.


On my Galaxy Nexus with the default Android keyboard I see the backtick (aka grave) on the secondary symbol screen. ?123 then =\< and ` is the second key in the top row.

I normally use SwiftKey 3, however, and I find it as one of the options on a long-press of ' on the secondary keyboard (accessed by pressing the 123 key).

  • This is wrong. This answer is for Samsung, not HTC. – lostdorje Jan 25 '15 at 4:08
  • @lost: True, but I was just sharing what I have. In many cases there's no difference between models. It was also asked about alternative keyboards, and so I offered information about one of those, too. – ale Jan 25 '15 at 19:24
  • Fair enough, about the alternative keyboards. :-) – lostdorje Jan 25 '15 at 23:06

On the standard Jelly Bean keyboard, which is the next sub-version after ICS (I class a sub-version as a version in which only the number after the decimal point is incremented), you access the backtick (`) by pressing the ?123 button, the =\< button and then the ` button is the second on the top row, from the left.

However, you may need to enable an extended or QWERTY keyboard - this can usually be done from the keyboard settings, which can be accessed at:

System Settings --> Language and Input --> Press the little setting icon next to your input method/keyboard.


Press and hold the C key and the list comes with a backtick.

  • Why was this question ever downvoted (I've now upvoted it)? For a standard HTC keyboard this answer is absolutely correct. Long-pressing the <kbd>C</kbd> key is exactly how you get to the backtick. Since I can't post a pic in a comment, I'm adding an answer of my own with a screenshot. But this answer should be checked as the correct answer. The Galaxy Nexus answer is for Samsung, not HTC. The question is asked for HTC. – lostdorje Jan 25 '15 at 3:50
  • @lostdorje: People can downvote for whatever reason they like. I suspect in this case it's because it's just a simple statement and has no further explanation. You could have edited this answer to include a screen shot, but your answer has more information than this one, so is really the better answer. – ale Jan 25 '15 at 19:22

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