How to use text replacement shortcuts on iPhone and Mac

🗓️ March 13, 2023 By ✍️ Jaysukh patel

The iOS Text Replacement on tiny screen devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) is more useful, also on big-screen iPad Pro, Mac or PC as well. If we have custom shortcuts, then we can do the job faster and easily from the onscreen keyboard on the iOS device. All iOS version support this feature, So, We have a great option to use handy shortcuts just like iOS keyboard Replacements are Assistive Touch, Home screen Website Shortcuts, Shake to undo, and redo. That will speed up typing whole sentences and world in text, Mail, and Search.

Also, you can create shortcuts for icons and symbols, and Emoji to use on chat, Mail or iMessage. Folks, who disabled text prediction on the keyboard, can use saved custom iOS keyboard shortcuts.

Steps to Create iOS Keyboard Shortcuts With The Example on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Here in this example, I created a shortcut for the full web address, that’s mostly used or from the keyboard. So, you can create the shortcut for any size text, Symbol (Apple, Twitter) or icon.

  • Step #1. Open Setting app on iPhone, iPad.
  • Step #2. Tap General.
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General Settings on iPhone
General Settings on iPhone
  • Step #3. Now, scroll down the screen to tap on Keyboard.
  • Step #4. Here you will have to tap on Text replacement.
  • tap keybaord and tap on text replacement in iOS to add iOS keyboard shortcuts
    • Step #5. To Add a Phrase tap on (+) symbol that appears top-right side of the screen.

    On the screen, you can see Two texts filed to add Phrase and put Shortcut.

    1. As a Phrase: input your desired phrases line that you most usually use and those words that you hate typing.
    2. In ShortCut: Add short character code in the form of Simple characters or mixed characters.
    • Step #6. Next, Tap on Save appears the top-right corner.3 Add code for full text on iOS keyboard

    Note: After that, you can manage all the shortcuts applied to the keyboard, by deleting, edit or add the new one, from the same screen.

    How to Use Emoji Shortcuts Instead of Switching Keyboards on iPhone, iPad

    Without opening or Switching to the Emoji keyboard on Apple iPhone/iPad keyboard we can use Emoji, here’s add a new Phrase as Emoji for Shortcut text. here I am creating Emoji for Keyword Call. Follow the below steps,

    1. Open Settings app on iPhone > Scroll to General.
    General Settings on iPhone
    General Settings on iPhone
  • Now, Find and Tap on the keyboard > Text Replacement option.tap keybaord and tap on text replacement in iOS
  • Add your Shortcut Test in shortcut field (For Ex, Call) and Switch to Emoji Keyboard from your iPhone/iPad keyboard. [Here’s tutorial on emoji keyboard not showing on Apple keyboard]. Once you open the Emoji keyboard, Find the Relevant Emoji and Tap on it. So Emoji is placed in the Phrase Text field.
  • Use Emoji Shortcuts Instead of Switching Keyboards
    Use Emoji Shortcuts Instead of Switching Keyboards
  • Tap on Save to Apply Changes.
  • Now, When You type “Call“, Emoji will appear on the screen [On Keyboard Prediction Drawer].
  • Use Emoji as Text Replacement on iPhone
    Use Emoji as Text Replacement on iPhone
  • That’s it.
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    How to Edit Text Replacement on iPhone, iPad

    If ever your mind changes and would like to add or remove something in old keyboard shortcuts of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Then without panic, you can quickly edit text Replacement using the following guide.

    • Step #1. Launch the Settings App.
    • Step #2. Tap General.
    • Step #3. Tap Keyboard.
    • Step #4. Tap Text Replacement you can see above the One-handed keyboard.
    • Step #5. Now let’s tap on a shortcut word that you want to make the change.
    • Step #6. Finally, you will get the screen to edit the Phrase and Shortcut. Insert your new one texts and tap on Save for new settings.
    • You’re done!

    Guide to Delete Text replacements in iOS (Remove Keyboard Shortcuts)

    Go to Settings General Keyboard Text Replacement

    tap keybaord and tap on text replacement in iOS

    → now tap on Edit appear left-bottom of the screen → In this step, you will have to tap on the red button left to the keyboard shortcut

    tap edit and tap on red button to delete keyboard shortcut on iPhone

    → Tap on Delete and Tap Done.

    how remove Delete Text replacement on iPhone iPad iPod touch keybaord shortcuts

    It is quite easy.

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    If ever you are facing an issue like Text replacement went/missing or iOS Keyboard Shortcuts not working on iPhone, in that case, you should try to reset your device. For further assistance, you will have to log out and re-sign in iCloud on the Apple iOS device.

    How to Setup Keyboard Text Replacement on MacBook Mac

    Auto Text replacement with your Custom keyboard shortcut we can do faster typing on Mail, Pages, Notes and Other Documents or Apps installed on your MacBook. Here’s your custom Keyboard shortcut that is auto-sync with your Other iOS/iPadOS device running with the same Apple ID.

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    On MacOS Ventura [macOS 13]: Keyboard Text Replacement

    1. Go to the Apple Logo from the top Mene > System Settings.system-settings-on-macos-ventura-on-mac
    2. Scroll to the keyboard and Click on it > Go with Text Replacements…text-replacements-option-on-mac-in-macos-ventura
    3. and see the “+” icon to add a new Keyboard shortcut,add-a-new-keyboard-text-replacement-on-mac
    4. In the First box [Replace], Type your Shortcut, and in the second Textbox [With] type the Full Text that you want to replace with it.add-shortcut-to-your-mac
    5. Tap on Add and Use it. Type First Box and Press Space key to use and Replace. That’s it.

    On MacOS Monterey & Earlier

    1. Click on Apple Logo () From Top Mac Menu. Next, click on System Preferences.
    Finder System Preferences option on Mac
    Finder System Preferences option on Mac
  • Next, Find the Keyboard and Tap on it.
  • Keyboard Settings on Mac System Preferences
    Keyboard Settings on Mac System Preferences
  • Now, Click on Text Tab, Here’s your all Create custom text shortcut on your MacOS.
  • Text Replacement on mac Keyboard preferences
    Text Replacement on mac Keyboard preferences
  • To add a new Text shortcut, Click on the “+” button and New Row will be added. First Collum asks to enter your Shortcut work or Characters. And the Second column asks for entering Replace shortcut text with Sentences.
  • Add a New Text replacement on mac
    Add a New Text replacement on the mac
  • That’s it. To Remove Keyboard Shortcut on Mac, Select the Row and Click on “-” button to remove from the list.
  • That’s it.
  • iOS keyboard shortcuts are handy to all business users, professionals, and all others. Do you have funny text replacement ideas to Add as shortcut phrases for texting? Let’s drop in the comments.

    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: [OR]

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