Text Replacement on iPhone: How to Set Up 

 May 4, 2022

Text replacement is like autocorrect that you operate on purpose. If you’ve expended any time typing out a message on an iPhone, you’re acquainted with autocorrect and its shortcomings. 

We know them. We dipping hate them. But there’s a corresponding, less prominent feature on your iPhone called text replacement, an all-purpose autocorrect.

It is already boosted by default — any time you type “OMW,” it will automatically switch to “On my way!” before your eyes.

Here’s how to set up your shortcut phrases with text replacement:

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text replacement
  • Click the plus sign in the upper right corner
  • Fill in the first field, Phrase, with the text you desire to use
  • The second field, Shortcut, will incorporate the text you’ll type to use that Phrase
  • Click Save in the upper right corner, and you’re done
  • Tap “Text replacement” in your keyboard options menu.
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There’s just one text shortcut set up by default.

Now the bigger question: what should you use it for? Typical recommendations include setting up shortcuts for your email address and phone number. For the latter, the Phrase could be something like @@ or eml – something you’ll remember but won’t trigger unwanted text replacement.

Or you can go a less practical, more fun direction and use text replacement to automatically add a (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ or a ¯_(ツ)_/¯ without resorting to copy/paste or typing all of those characters out. Of course, you can use standard emojis, too.

Or maybe you’d like to be able to settle a casual “omw” into a text without it being converted to an energetic “On my way!” If that’s the case, here’s how you can remove the Shortcut:

  • On the Text replacement screen, tap the Edit button in the lower-left corner
  • Click the red minus icon and use the red Delete key that appears to delete the Phrase you want to remove
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That’s it! You’re on your way to creating your life a little more comfortable.

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