How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts on Your iPhone

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts on Your iPhone

If you look through your messages you will probably notice that you use a lot of the same phrases over and over. But did you know you can be boring and repetitive in half the time by creating a few text replacements? A text replacements, formerly called keyboard shortcuts, let you enter an entire word or phrase by typing just a few characters.

We've already gone over how to use the space bar in place of a period as a keyboard shortcut, how to use emoji keyboard shortcuts, and how to browse using iPad keyboard shortcuts. For more great iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

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For example, Apple has already set one up for “On my way!” The company's thoughtfulness means fully half of your text messages can be quickly taken care of by typing the characters “omw.”

To create your own shortcuts, go to Settings > General > Keyboard, then tap Add New Shortcut. The possibilities are endless:

“Hdyr” for “Honey, did you remember to … ?” when texting your spouse.

“Nycc” for “No, you can’t have any cookies.” and “dyh” for “Do your homework.” when texting your children.

“Idwiw” for “I do what I want.” for your kids when they text you back.

What phrases do you use the most when texting? Let us know in the comments.

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As the Editorial Director at iPhone Life, Sarah Kingsbury manages the online editorial team and oversees all website content. She is a long-time Apple enthusiast who never goes anywhere without her Apple Watch and owns way too many HomePods. Since joining iPhone Life in 2013, Sarah has done everything from writing hundreds of how-to articles to founding the Daily Tip newsletter. She even co-hosted the early episodes of the iPhone Life Podcast. When not at work, Sarah can be found hiking in the mountains and canyons around Las Vegas, where she lives with her partner and dogs.