Lot of us are addicted to chatting/texting. Most of the times we get tired of typing the same words or phrases again and again. This happens with mail address , long words and names with complicated spellings. iOS users will be aware of inbuilt shortcuts like OMY . But there are only limited shortcuts available. Many would love to create customized shortcuts in their iOS device. To make texting and typing easier there are simple and easy steps to create shortcuts for often used words , long phrases and complicated names.

Here are the steps which will automatically type words that you regularly use. It is better to create shortcuts for text and phrases which will help you in the future.During hectic moments and work load times , shortcuts helps in keeping you active in conversation with your loved ones. The steps are pretty easy with your iPhone and iPad. You can create as many shortcuts as you want and release it when need occurs.

There are various things you can do like :

  • Creating a keyboard shortcut
  • Editing a keyboard shortcut
  • Deleting a keyboard shortcut
  • Setting up apple symbol as keyboard shortcut.

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How to Create and use text shortcuts on iPhone and iPad


  • In your iPhone or iPad , launch “Settings”.
  • Go to “General” option.


  • Tap on “Keyboard”.
  • Select “Text Replacement”.
  • You will see a “+” sign on the top right corner of the screen.Click on that.

  • In the “Phrase” field , type the sentence for which you need shortcut.
  • In the “Shortcut” field type the snippet you need to replace with.

  • Click the “save” at the top right.
  • You are now done with creating a shortcut for a particular word or phrase. To see how its working , in a chat box type the shortcut and tap the space bar to complete the phrase.

When you create a shortcut, keep in mind that the shortcut should not be one of the common words or combination of words that appears by accident.

Lets move on to the next step where you can edit the shortcut you created.


Sometimes the shortcuts seem to be dealing a typo issues. Or if you feel that you are using that shortcut for a pretty longer time. It is now time to change the shortcut or do some editing with the customized shortcuts.

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap on “General”
  • Click “Keyboard” option.
  • Tap on “Text Replacement”.
  • Select the shortcut you want to change.

  • Do the necessary changes.
  • Click on the save option.


When you feel you no longer need a shortcut get rid of it with these simple steps.

  • Under Text Replacement option in your Settings app do the following steps :
  • Swipe Left on the shortcut that you need to delete.
  • A confirmation pop up appears.
  • Tap on “delete” to get rid of that shortcut permanently.


Set a unique and short phrase as a shortcut for the apple symbol to appear in your chat box real quick. Here are the simple and easy steps to set apple symbol as a shortcut.

  • Copy the apple symbol  anywhere from the web.
  • Go to Settings –> General.
  • Click on the Keyboard –> Text Replacement option.
  • Tap the “+” sign to add a new shortcut.
  • In the phrase field , tap on “paste” to fill it up with apple symbol
  • Type the short abbreviation in the shortcut field.


  • Click “save” once you have created a shortcut with apple symbol.

Here are the list of phrases , texts and data which may definitely need shortcuts to start with :

  • Your Email Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Address
  • Thanks
  • Sorry
  • I am driving , will call later
  • In a meeting

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This feature of iOS saves a lot of your valuable time. Sometimes it saves the relationship from getting ruined. For example , You may create a shortcut for I LOVE YOU , MISS YOU , TAKE CARE which may be very helpful when you are loaded with work and couldn’t spend time with your loved ones.

If you wish to keep your typing simple and faster create customized shortcuts as soon as possible.iPhone allows you to create as many shortcuts as possible. Why don’t we try these features when it offers lots of benefits and saves time.