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How to Create and Edit Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

What You Need to Know About Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad?

Your iOS device has a built-in feature called Text Replacement. With it, you can create a shortcut for a long-phrase or word. For example, instead of writing a long sentence (like "How are you doing?"), you can type its shortcut (like "haud), and it''ll automatically type the whole phrase.

This feature will save you time and energy. It especially can help when you need to text formally with someone. Formal words and sentences can be pretty long, so you'll type much faster by using the Text Replacement tool. It's also helpful if you use the same long phrases and words every day.

How to Create and Edit Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

Prevent Autocorrect With the Help of Text Replacement

The Text Replacement is suitable not only for creating shortcuts but also for preventing autocorrect from changing certain words and phrases. It can be very frustrating when a word or sentence is autocorrected, and you accidentally send it without checking. Fortunately, the Text Replacement tool can help you prevent any misunderstandings.

Sync Keyboard Dictionary With Other Apple Devices

The Text Replacement feature works excellent not only with Apple but also third-party apps. You can also sync the keyboard dictionary with your other Apple devices. All you need to do is to enable iCloud Drive on every device you want to use the dictionary.

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How to Create Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

If there is a phrase that you use a lot, by creating a shortcut for it you'll type a message much faster. It will save you time and energy.

To create a text shortcut, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "Keyboard".

Go to Keyboard

4. Select "Text Replacement".

Tap on Text Replacement

5. Now, tap on the "+" button located at the top right corner.

Tap on the plus button

6. In the phrase field, type in the phrase you want to create the shortcut for. For example, type in "On My Way".
7. Then, type the phrase shortcut. For example, the shortcut for "On my way" would be "omw".
8. When done, tap on "Save".

Save created shortcut

Now, every time you time the phrase shortcut, your iPhone or iPad will recognize it and automatically replace it with the whole sentence. You can create text shortcuts for word and input pairs as well. That means you can create shortcuts for multiple languages. When you're using a supported language keyboard like Chinese or Japanese, you can add the shortcut to your dictionary and use it where you need.

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How to Make the Apple Symbol as a Shortcut on iPhone and iPad

You can create a shortcut for the Apple logo symbol. It's the fastest and easiest way to type the Apple logo as you won't have to copy it from somewhere every time you need it.

To create an Apple logo shortcut, follow the steps below:

1. Copy the Apple symbol from here.
2. Go to device settings.
3. Then, go to "General" settings.
4. Tap on "Keyboard".

Go to Keyboard

5. Select "Text Replacement".

Tap on Text Replacement

6. Tap on the "+" button located at the top right corner.

Tap on the plus button

7. In the "Phrase" field, paste the Apple logo.
8. In the "Shortcut" field, enter the shortcut for the Apple logo.
9. When done, tap on "Save".

Save Apple logo shortcut

Now, by typing the shortcut, you will get the Apple logo symbol.

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How to Stop Autocorrect From Correcting Specific Words or Phrases on iPhone and iPad

Autocorrect is great and all, but sometimes it corrects the wrong word or phrase, which is really irritating. Thankfully there is a 'hack' that will prevent words and phrases from autocorrect.

To stop autocorrect, follow the steps below:

1. Go to device settings.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "Keyboard".

Go to Keyboard

4. Select "Text Replacement".

Tap on Text Replacement

5. Now, tap on the "+" button located at the top right corner.

Tap on the plus button

6. In the "Phrase" field, type in the phrase or a word you don't want to be autocorrected. Leave the "Shortcut" field empty.
7. Then, tap on "Save".

Save autocorrect shortcut

Now the word or phrase won't be autocorrected.

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How to Edit Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

If you want to make changes to created shortcuts, you can do that from your dictionary.

To edit a text shortcut, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "Keyboard".

Go to Keyboard

4. Select "Text Replacement".

Tap on Text Replacement

5. Now, tap on an existing entry and select the created shortcut you want to edit.

Edit shortcut

6. Make the changes you need and tap on "Save".

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How to Delete Text Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

If you don't need specific shortcuts, you can delete them in the Text Replacement settings.

To delete a text shortcut, follow the steps below:

1. Open "Settings".
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Tap on "Keyboard".

Go to Keyboard

4. Select "Text Replacement".

Tap on Text Replacement

5. Locate the shortcut you want to delete and swipe on it to the left side. When the "Delete" button appears, click on it.

Swite to the left on a created shortcut

You can also tap on the "Edit" button and tap on the "-" button next to the shortcut you want to delete. Then, tap on "Delete" and on "Done".

Tap on the minus button

The shortcut will be deleted for your device as well as other devices that are synced with iCloud.

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How to Reset Your Dictionary on iPhone and iPad

When using the text replacement feature for a long time, your shortcut dictionary can get cluttered. If you get overwhelmed every time you see the dictionary, you can start fresh by resetting it.

To reset the dictionary, follow the steps below:

1. Go to the "Settings" app.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Scroll to the bottom and select "Reset".

Tap on Reset

4. Tap on "Reset Keyboard Dictionary" and confirm the action.

Tap on Reset Keyboard Dictionary

Everything will be deleted from the dictionary.

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