How to Make Text Shortcuts on iPhone

Typing things out on an iPhone keyboard can be tiresome, but it does not have to be that way for everything. You can make custom text shortcuts to automatically be replaced with longer words or phrases. It’s a super handy feature.

Typing things out on an iPhone keyboard can be tiresome, but it does not have to be that way for everything. You can make custom text shortcuts to automatically be replaced with longer words or phrases. It’s a super handy feature.

RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 9, 2022

Typing things out on an iPhone keyboard can be tiresome, but it does not have to be that way for everything. You can make custom text shortcuts to automatically be replaced with longer words or phrases. It’s a super handy feature. Let’s explore how to set up text shortcuts.

This is for the iPhone. Screenshots are from iPhone XR running iOS 15.6+

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There’s a lot you can do with the iPhone’s Text Replacement feature. One example is included on every iPhone by default; omw is automatically replaced with On my way. You can use that same idea for anything. All you need is a shortcut and a phrase to go with it.

Note: The Text Replacement feature only works with the default iPhone keyboard, not third-party keyboards from the App Store.

First, open the Settings app on your iPhone (this is also available on iPad). Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Settings app

Next, go to the General section. See the below image:

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Selecting the General option

Now, select the Keyboard settings. See the following image:

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Selecting the Keyboard option

Next, go to Text Replacement. Refer to the below image:

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Selecting the Text Replacement option

Now, tap the “+” icon in the top right-hand corner. See the below image:

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Selecting the add icon

Next, enter a Phrase and a Shortcut. The Phrase will replace the Shortcut. Tap Save when you are done. See the following image:

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Entering a Phrase and Shortcut

Now, your shortcut will be added. Refer to the below image:

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Your added shortcut

Next, you are ready to use it! We are using the Notes app for our example. Simply type the shortcut and you will see the full phrase appear above the keyboard. You can tap the phrase to insert it or continue typing by tapping the spacebar or return and it will automatically be inserted. Tap Done to finish in the Notes app. See the below image:

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Using your new text shortcut

This is a great time-saving feature for typing out longer phrases. One handy tip is to use your name as a shortcut for your entire address.

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