iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working: Here’s How to Fix

🗓️ September 16, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

The keyboard shortcut is very useful for iOS and Mac users, That increase is typing speed and energy-saving option when you need to use the same phrase regularly. Today we will see how to fix Keyboard shortcuts not working after iOS 17 updating, Unable to use recently added Keyboard Shortcuts, and Won’t replace the keyword with Keyboard Shortcuts. There are many reasons behind this dramatic issue like minor glitches with the iOS version, malware attacks, and more. We don’t have to discuss the root of the problem, let’s directly fix the iOS Keyboard Shortcuts not working in iPhone.

There are few fixes mentioned try to use shortcuts after implementing the solution. Created Keyboard Shortcut you can use on your Other apple Device automatically, Like Mac, iPad, iPod Touch. While we write on Pages, Number, Notes and Mail, Contacts, Messages app. Most of the time I use my favorite Apple Symbols using Keyboard Shortcut, You can also create Keyboard Shortcuts Symbols.

Troubleshooting tips on Why iPhone Keyboard Shortcut missing after reset

Fix 1: Delete and Create the Shortcut Again

When we face any glitch in function and at that time the simple and quick solution is to disable and re-enable the function. Likewise, we will delete the shortcut and create it again.

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How to Delete the Keyboard shortcut

Step #1: Go to “Settings” and open “General”.

1 keyboard Settings on iPhone

Step #2: Tap “Keyboards” and then tap “Text Replacement”.

3 Text Replacement on iPhone Keyboard

Step #3: A whole list of shortcuts will be visible, to delete the shortcut swipe from right to left and delete the shortcut.

7 Delete Text Replacement Shortcuts on iPhone

Double-check and verify that you are typing the correct shortcut.

How to Add the Keyboard shortcut 

Step #1: Open “Settings” and tap “General”.

Step #2: Tap on “Keyboards” and their open “Text Replacement”.

Step #3: Now, to add a new shortcut tap on (+).

Step #4: Type the phrase and assign the shortcut to that phrase and tap Save. Wrong placement of phrase and Shortcut will not work and gives the error “The Shortcut Can not contain Spaces”

5 Create or Add Keyboard Shortcuts on iPhone

How to use Keyboard Shortcuts on iPhone/iPadOS, or Mac

Keep typing from your keyboard in a natural way. While you type Shortcut Keyword, Your Keyboard will recommend Full syntax or lines. it doesn’t matter predictive text is on or off. See the below screen.

6 Use Keyboard Shortcuts on iPhone

How to Create Custom Shortcut Keyboard Commands on iPadOS

Using keyboard shortcuts has never been easy as in iPadOS. Hope you are aware that iPadOS brings support for external keyboard and mouse. Following this feature, the iPad also allows you to create custom shortcut commands. To do so,

  • Go to the Settings app > Accessibility > Keyboards > Enable Full Keyboard Access.
  • Next, tap “Commands”.
  • Select the function to add a custom command.
  • Type the button or combination to add a custom command and tap “Done”.
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For more details on how to Create Custom Commands on the iPadOS, you can visit the given link.

Fix 2: Add a new shortcut to the list

Another way is to add the keyboard shortcut with the new keyword to the existing list.

Step #1: Open “Settings”.

Step #2: Tap “General” and open “Keyboards”.

Step #3: Next, tap on “Text Replacement” to add a new shortcut.

Step #4: Lastly, type a phrase and allot shortcut, and tap Save.

Fix 3: Force Restart iPhone

If the above solutions didn’t fix keyboard shortcuts not working in iPhone then give a fresh start to your iPhone/iPad by hard rebooting.

For iPhone X and later models

Step #1: Press and release the Volume Up button.

Step #2: Press and release the Volume Down button.

Step #3: Next, hold down the Sleep/Wake button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

For iPhone 7/7Plus

Step #1: Press and hold the Volume Down key and Power key until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

For iPhone 6S/SE and earlier and iPad

Step #1: Press and hold the Home button and Side button and release when the screen goes black.

Fix 4: Delete all Shortcuts and re-add them

Unfortunately, if anything doesn’t work then you have to remove all the shortcuts and re-add them. Once you add them to restart the iPhone and check out if it is working or not.

Fix 5: Check for iCloud sync, Keyboard Shortcuts not Syncing Between iPhone, iPad, and Mac after Update

Clear the data from the iCloud to free up the bugs which are affecting the Keyboard shortcuts. Most of the MacBook users have a query on why my MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac does not suggest Keyboard Shortcuts as predictive text or line while they are typing on the document, Mail, etc..

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Turn off predictive text on iPhone, Reboot or Restart your iPhone using the above steps [Follow reboot guide from method 3].

Go to the “Settings” > “General” > “Keyboard” > “Predictive [Disable it]

Enable iCloud Drive, Go to the “Settings” > “Your Profile Name” > “iCloud” > “iCloud Drive [Enable iCloud Drive toggle]“.

Sign Out iCloud: Go to the “Settings” > “Profile Name” > “Sign Out“.

Fix 6: Reset Keyboard Dictionary

If the above solution doesn’t bring any changes then try this,

Step #1: Launch “Settings” from the home screen.

Step #2: Open “General” and tap “Transfer and Reset iPhone”. then Click Reset

Step #3: Tap on “Reset Keyboard Dictionary”.

Fix 7: Disable Emoji and try to use Shortcuts

This is silly but we can give one try to this. Disable the Emoji and check if the shortcuts are working or not. If this solution works for you, then enable Emoji again.

Above all are the quick fix and Troubleshooting problems of the basics issues while we use Keyboard Shortcuts on iOS devices or Mac.

Jaysukh Patel
Jaysukh Patel

Jaysukh Patel is the founder of howtoisolve. Also self Professional Developer, Techno lover mainly for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and iOS, Jaysukh is one of responsible person in his family. Contact On: jaysukh.pharma@gmail.com [OR] admin@howtoisolve.com

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