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How to make custom text shortcuts on iPhone

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Typing things on an iPhone keyboard can be tedious, but it doesn’t have to be for everything. You can create custom text shortcuts to be automatically replaced with longer words or phrases. It is a very useful feature.

There are many things you can do with iPhone’s “Text Replacement” feature. An example is included on all iPhones 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. We’ll show you how.

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).

Go to the “General” section.

go to

Select the “Keyboard” setting.

Choose

Now go to “Text Replacement”.

Select

Tap the “+” icon in the top right corner.

Now you need to enter a “Phrase” and a “Shortcut” – the Phrase will replace the Shortcut. Tap “Save” when you’re done.

Enter a phrase and a shortcut, then tap

Now you are ready to use it! Just type the shortcut and you’ll see the full phrase appear above the keyboard. You can touch the phrase to insert it or continue typing by touching the space bar or return and it will be inserted automatically.

Use text replacement.

This is a great time saving feature for typing longer sentences. A helpful tip is to use the street name as a shorthand for the entire address. Your imagination is the only limit, so go ahead and create some shortcuts!

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