iPhone J.D. ran a great post on creating the section — § — and paragraph (aka pilcrow) — ¶ — symbols in iOS. I wish I was smart enough to conceive something like this. But, since I’m not as creative as iPhone J.D. on this post, I’m going to pillage his idea and modify it for Android.
Personally, I don’t use the section or paragraph sign in a lot of emails or “regular” documents. However, when I’m editing something in Google Docs, I tend to “I’ll add that from my desktop” any time I need a special symbol. Special symbols are much easier on the desktop, especially when you use shortcut keys in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. On an Android phone or tablet, the special symbols aren’t so easy to find, or use.
Have no fear because you can find additional symbol options simply by long-pressing on a letter, number, or special character on your keyboard.
Once you understand how to find the special characters, adding a paragraph or section sign means simply going to the proper place in your keyboard. In our case, you’ll long press the paragraph sign to find the section sign. The paragraph sign is located under ?123 and =\< both single press, by the way.
Keep looking if you’re not seeing the symbol. Some keys are naturally blank on long press. You’ll know there are additional options when you see three ellipsis (…).
If you do type a symbol (or phrase) often, you can create a shortcut in your personal dictionary (Settings > Language & input > Personal dictionary).
Remember to make the shortcut code unique — probably sss for symbol and ppp for paragraph. And now, whenever you type the shortcut, your keyboard will prompt you to select the special character or phrase.
Note that unlike Word or other programs, this isn’t an on-space-or-click select function. I always have to select the phrase or character from the prompts.