How to Type in Italics on iPhone

It can be a challenge to get the perfect formatting while typing on your iPhone. The good news is, you can change a text to italic by selecting the text and tapping on the ‘BIU’ option on your iPhone. You can also find some more in-depth formatting options in Notes.

Hi, I’m Devansh. As a writer, I often need to italicize words in my writing for drawing attention to a word, highlight titles of works, or just spruce up the piece. Since I also do a lot of writing on my iPhone, I have experience with how to format text on it.

In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps on how to type in italics on your iPhone in Notes and other apps like Mail, Pages, and Numbers. I’ll also answer some common questions later.

If you want to type in italics on your iPhone but can’t figure out how to do it, keep reading!

Type in Italics In Notes

Since Notes is generally the most commonly-used app for typing on iPhone, let’s first go through how to type in italics in it. 

First, tap on the ‘+’ button above your keyboard and a toolbar will appear. In it, tap the ‘Aa’ text style button and then select the italic ‘I’ option. After that, whatever you type will be italicized.

Beyond just bold, underline, and strikethrough, you have some other formatting options as well. You can also turn the text into a heading or subheading and make it monospaced.

If you want to italicize an existing piece of text, you can do that by selecting it, tapping on the ‘Aa’ icon above your keyboard and then selecting the Italics icon in the menu that appears. We’ll talk more about this method in the next section.

Other Apps

We just talked about Notes, but what about other apps like Pages, Numbers, Mail, and Reminders? You can also make a word or sentence italic on those apps, and here’s how.

Step 1: First, either hold and release or double-tap a piece of text to highlight it. You can tap and drag the cursor to select a string of words as required.

Step 2: After tapping ‘Select’ to choose it, tap the ‘BIU’ button in the menu.

Step 3: The next set of options will allow you to bold, italicize, or underline that text. Remember, you’re not just limited to one of these at a time. You can use them simultaneously!

If you want to undo this action, just select the formatted text again, choose ‘BIU’ and then tap on the formatting style to deactivate it.

How to Type in Italic Text on Social Media Apps?

If you want a variety of formatting options and want to apply them to different apps, you can check out online text generators. With these, you only need to type in the text you want to italicize and you’ll find different versions of that text in the results.

From there, you just have to copy and paste them into any app you want. This can be useful for social media posts, messages, and tweets. Feel free to use these tools with Twitter, Telegram, Facebook, Messenger, and other platforms. Some of the best online text generators are YayText, Lingojam, and Font Space.


Here are some questions related to typing italics on your iPhone.

Can I Use Italics in the Messages app on iPhone?

No, currently it is not possible to format a text message on the Messages app. As expected, you can’t bold or underline text either. Hopefully, Apple adds this feature down the line. Currently, you can only format text on social media apps, as discussed above.

Does Formatting Text Create Errors?

No, it’s absolutely safe in the apps that allow it. These include almost all of Apple’s native apps and third-party ones like Gmail and Google Docs. Once you type it or send it, it won’t jumble up your words or make them hard to read. In fact, formatting a part of your text in italics makes it easier to get your point across to the reader and looks professional.


All in all, you have many options if you want to type in italic on your iPhone. First, you can use the text style button in Notes. If you’re using a different app, you can highlight the text and then format it accordingly with the ‘BIU’ button. In addition to that, online text generators offer a ton of fonts too!

Which method do you prefer for italicizing your text? Please share with me in the comments!

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