Did you know: iOS Message Shortcuts

Posted by Adam Zhang on

Tired of typing out long words, names, email addresses, web addresses, or entire sentences over and over again? Well then, save yourself some time and effort and set up keyboard shortcuts for any and all of the text you type regularly.

By default, the iPhone and iPad ship with "omw" as a shortcut for "On my way!" but you can create and customize any shortcut you want. What's more, thanks to iCloud, any shortcut you create will automatically sync between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac. Here's how!

Launch the Settings app.
Tap General.
Tap on Keyboard.
Tap on Text Replacement.
Tap on the + in the top right corner.

In the Phrase field, type in the entire phrase you'd like to create a shortcut for.
In the Shortcut field, type in the snippet you want to be replaced by the phrase.
Tap Save at the top right.

Now anytime you type that shortcut, it will replace it with the phrase you designated in the predictive text. Just tap the space bar to complete the phrase.

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