How to Create a Text Message Shortcut on the iPhone 5

There are probably some phrases that you type a lot when you are text messaging with your friends and family. It’s a part of the way you talk through texting, and the phrase might simply have a lot of use in multiple situations. So one way to reduce the amount of time that you spend composing a text message is by creating ¬†shortcut. This allows you to type a short sequence of letters which are then replace by the words that you have defined for that shortcut.


Creating iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts

One important thing to realize when you are using this shortcut feature is to select shortcuts that aren’t also words that you might accidentally type. For example, you might decide to set “lol” as a shortcut for “laughing out loud.” But the phrase “lol” has its’ own meaning, and has basically replaced the phrase that it abbreviates. But using that shortcut would mean that anytime you went to type “lol” in a message, it would replace “laughing out loud.” With this in mind, continue reading below to learn how to set up a shortcut.

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Select the General option.

select the general option



Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.

select the keyboard option



Step 4: Scroll down and touch the Add New Shortcut button.

touch the add new shortcut button



Step 5: Type the phrase for which you want a shortcut into the Phrase field, type the shortcut you want to use for that phrase into the Shortcut field, then touch the Save button.

how to create a shortcut on the iphone 5



Now when you go to type a text message, type your shortcut into the message, at which point the phrase will be displayed above it. Press the Space key to insert it automatically.

example of shortcut


Click here to learn how to turn off the auto-correct feature on your iPhone.

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