How to type faster using text replacements on your iPhone

In this post, I will show you how to speed up repetitive typing of short sentences that you may use several times every week.

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You can do that by defining shortcuts, like “omw” that, when typed will trigger the replacement with the words “On my way!”.

The key is to choose an uncommon combination of letters to avoid misfiring the text replacement, and one way to achieve this, is by prepending the shortcut with a special character like a comma, a dash or a dot.

Not only can you expand medium to long sentences, but it's also a great way to insert commonly used emojis without the need to change keyboard (as explained yesterday).

And this feature exists on iPhone since iOS 5 but it was only since iOS 6 that they got synchronised via iCloud.

To access text replacements on your iDevice:

  1. Open Settings

  2. Tap on "General"

  3. Tap on "Keyboard"

  4. Tap on “Text Replacement”

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To add a text replacement:

  1. Tap on the "+" button (top right)

  2. In the "Phrase" field, enter what you'd like to be expanded

  3. In the "Shortcut" field, enter the short snippet

  4. Tap on "Save" (top right)

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To edit an existing text replacement:

  1. Tap on it

  2. Make the desired changes

  3. Tap on "Save"

To delete text replacements:

  1. Tap on "Edit"

  2. Tap on the "no entry" sign (⛔️)

To use text replacements:

  1. Type the shortcut

  2. If "Predictive text" is OFF, the phrase will appear in blue in a bubble

    • Tap on the spacebar to automatically expand the phrase

    • Tap on the grey cross to keep the shortcut without expanding it

  3. If "Predictive text" is ON, the phrase will appear in the middle section of the predictive area

    • Tap on the predicted phrase or the spacebar to expand it

    • Tap on the shortcut between brackets to keep it as is

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And you, how often do you use text replacements on your iPhone?

Please let me know in the comments below!

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