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Apple iOS: How To Create Keyboard Shortcuts

Using the Keyboard Shortcuts feature on  iOS devices allows you to send pre-configured messages using minimal keystrokes. Here’s how it works.

First, tap Settings.

iphone settings

Then tap General.

iphone general

Now tap on Keyboard.

iphone keyboard settings

From the Keyboard menu, existing shortcuts will be listed. To create a new one, tap Add New Shortcut.
add new keyboard shortcut

Enter in a phrase and shortcut, then tap Save.

enter phrase and shortcut

Test the new keyboard shortcut by creating an email or text Message. Then type the shortcut text you created.

In my example, typing irl will display the phrase I’m running late. A savings of 13 characters which unfortunately I use way to often.


Apple iOS Keyboard Shortcuts are a groovy and time saver. I’d love to hear which shortcuts you’ve created on your device. Tell me about them in the comments.

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3 Responses to Apple iOS: How To Create Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Anne January 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Thanks but how do I edit them?

  2. Eric February 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi, love this and I have created hundreds on my iPhone.
    The challenge is
    How do I transfer these to my other iOS devices ?
    e.g. IPad, iPod, other iPhone ?
    Could you enlighten me ?

  3. gamal November 23, 2012 at 9:28 am #


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