Typing Sanskrit in iOS

In my ongoing studies of Sanskrit, I ran into a problem of how to type Devanagari script on my iPhone or keyboard. I just couldn’t figure it out. Copy and pasting is really inefficient and I want to be able to post details in the blog or maybe make flashcards. 

Then I found this wonderful blog post online:


The gist of the article is that you should install the Hindi keyboard with the standard Devanagari mode. This lets you type Sanskrit too because it’s the same alphabet. 

The keyboard looks like it’s missing a lot of letters but the trick is to hold down the keys and other options will appear, like so:

So for example the word “moon” in Sanskrit is candraḥ. In Devanagari this is written as चन्द्रः. But how did I type that?

On the Hindi keyboard I typed च न ् द ् ः  The keyboard is smart enough to then combine them into the right cluster shown above. 

… and now you know too!

P.S. Holding the म (ma) key will also allow you to type ॐ the Aum/Om symbol. 


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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