How do I get the + symbol from phone keypad?

iOS & iPadOS

I'm trying to lengthen the ringing period on my phone. The process requires me to enter the + symbol in the code. I know it's on the number zero on the phone keypad, but I just can't seem to access it.

I have set my keyboard to touch typing so that I don't have to keep having to double tap everything, but when I've been trying to get the plus symbol, voice over tells me to "double tap and hold" to get the plus sign. Obviously using touch typing, I end up with two zero's and nothing else happens. So assuming the double tap is meant for standard typing as per the default setting, I changed my keyboard to this and tried again, but without success.

Can anyone enlighten me as to how I get this symbol from the phone keypad?

Thanks. Debbie



Submitted by Steve Sawczyn on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This is a bit of a pain, but it's doable. You need to double tap and hold, VoiceOver will eventually say plus at which time you can lift your finger. The trick is though that you will likely have a 0 before the plus if you have keyboard set to touch typing. So, after you've entered in the number, go to the edit field at the top and edit out the leading 0. if you want to avoid this, use the rotor to temporarily change your typing method to standard, so the 0 won't get entered when you double tap and hold. Hope this helps.

Submitted by Paul on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

If you have an iPhone that supports 3D touch, you can press and hold the 0 (rather than tap and hold), wait until it says "plus" and if you move your finger off the keypad before lifting your finger, no extraneous digits/symbols will be entered.

Edit: Actually, it turns out that you don't need to move your finger away from the keypad if you lift it fast enough.

Hi Steve. Many thanks for your response. I've tried out your suggestion and it worked. Found it easier to switch temporarily to standard keyboard but got the result I was after. So thank you! Debbie

Hi Paul

Thank you for your suggestion. I haven't a clue whether or not I have 3D touch! Where would I go to find this out? I have an iPhone SE. Anyhow, I tried your suggestion and nothing happened so I can only assume I don't have 3D. Thanks for replying though.


Submitted by Justin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

If the device is a 6S or later, it'll have 3D touch. I think the latest iPhone SE might have 3D touch, but am not 100% sure on that, as I currently have the 6S plus.

Submitted by Paul on Thursday, September 7, 2017

I don't believe the iPhone SE supports 3D Touch. If it did have 3D touch, you would find a "3D Touch" option under the "Interaction" heading in the accessibility settings. I don't think the iPhone SE has been updated since its initial release.