How to Enter a Backslash on an iPhone

A backslash isn't the most common symbol typed when sending a text message to a friend or loved one, but when you need to use it, no other symbol will suffice -- such as when you're typing JavaScript code. The backslash, or \, is actually included in the virtual keyboard found on iPhones and iPads -- however it's tucked away on a separate Symbols keyboard. The forward slash, or /, which is often just called a slash, is located on the iPhone's Numbers keyboard.

Step

Launch the app that you want to type in and tap the screen to place the cursor. When the virtual keyboard appears, tap the 123 key to open the Numbers keyboard.

Tap the 123 key.
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Tap the Forward Slash key.
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Step

Tap the #+= key to open the Symbols keyboard. If you need a \, or Forward Slash, it's located on the Numbers keyboard here. A forward slash is commonly used in website URLs, such as http://www.sample.com/webpage.html.

Tap the Backslash key.
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Step

Tap the \, or Backslash, key. To toggle back to the Main keyboard, tap the ABC key. To return to the Numbers keyboard, tap the 123 key.