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How to use text shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Have a long word, phrase, or sentence that you use every day? The inbuilt text replacement feature allows you to create and use text shortcuts on iPhone and help ease the process. Simply set the shortcut and enter that short phrase. It will automatically type the entire sentence!

I use this feature extensively as it is quick and saves time. Let me show you how to use text shortcuts on your iPhone or iPad for any words or sentences you like.

How to create own keyboard shortcuts on iPhone

  1. Open iPhone Settings and tap General.
  2. Tap KeyboardText Replacement.

    In iPhone Settings tap General Keyboard Text Replacement
  3. Tap the + icon at the top right.
  4. Type the phrase.
    For example, What’s the update on the new article?
  5. Now, type the shortcut.
    Keep it short and something that you do not use in common words. For example, wu.
  6. Tap Save.

    Tap plus icon and enter phrase shortcut and tap Save

From now, whenever you type your created shortcut like wu and hit the space bar, the sentence will be typed automatically. It works with Apple and third-party apps. Plus, these text shortcuts also sync to your other Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac, if you enable iCloud Drive for them.

Open any app and type shortcut which will automatically fill entire sentence

Extra info: These same text replacements also work with most third-party iOS keyboards like SwiftKey.

Pro Tip: Do you have a word or phrase that gets corrected automatically? For example, a street name, surname, or an explicit word. You can prevent this by adding the word in the phrase section (step 4) and leaving the shortcut section empty (step 5). Now, your iPhone keyboard won’t correct or change this word.

Leave shortcut empty to prevent words being corrected

Additional Tip: Using the above steps, you can even type Apple Logo () on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Edit keyboard shortcuts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Inside iPhone Settings, tap GeneralKeyboardText Replacement.
  2. Tap an existing entry.
  3. Tap the phrase and shortcut fields and make the changes.
  4. Finally, tap Save for edits to take effect.

    How to edit keyboard shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

How to delete text shortcuts on iPhone

  1. Open iPhone Settings.
  2. Tap GeneralKeyboardText Replacement.
  3. Method 1: Swipe an entry right to left and tap Delete.
  4. Method 2: Tap Editred minus iconDeleteDone.
  5. This text shortcut will be deleted from all your iPhone, iPad, and Mac with the same Apple ID.

    How to delete text shortcuts on iPhone

Reset your personal dictionary

Sometimes, less is more!

If you have been using text replacement and other dictionary features for a long time, you may have created several such shortcuts. You may have added multiple custom words to the dictionary and more. It can get chaotic. But starting afresh takes just a few taps!

Here is how to remove all custom words and shortcuts by resetting your iPhone’s personal dictionary.

  1. Open Settings and tap General.
  2. Tap Reset.
  3. Select Reset Keyboard Dictionary. Your keyboard will be as good as new.

    How to reset your personal dictionary

This is how you can create, use, and edit keyboard shortcuts on iPhone and iPad. I hope this quick guide was helpful. If you need further assistance, please write to me using the comments section below.

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  • Ankur

    I have been an Apple user for over seven years now. At iGeeksBlog, I love creating how-tos and troubleshooting guides that help people do more with their iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and Apple Watch. In my free time, I like to watch stand up comedy videos, tech documentaries, news debates, and political speeches.

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