Your iPhone has the ability to replace specific strings of text with entire phrases. You can create one of these shortcuts yourself, which is especially helpful if there is a particular phrase that you type a lot. These shortcuts allow you to type something much shorter, which your iPhone will automatically replace with your specified phrase.
But you might find that a shortcut you have created is actually a sequence of letters that you type, and that your iPhone is automatically replacing it with the phrase that you specified. Fortunately you can delete these shortcuts from your iPhone so that you can type those letters without worrying that the replacement effect will occur.
Stop Your iPhone from Replacing Certain Phrases in Text Messages
The steps in this guide were written using an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.2. These steps will also work for other iPhone models running iOS 10 or higher. This article assumes that you have manually created a keyboard shortcut or replacement, and that you wish to remove it. If your iPhone is simply replacing words that it considers to be misspelled, then you might want to turn off autocorrect instead.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Keyboard option.
Step 4: Touch the Text Replacement button near the top of the screen.
Step 5: Swipe left on the existing text message shortcut that you wish to replace.
Step 6: Tap the red Delete button to stop your iPhone from using that shortcut.
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