Using Text Replacement to Quickly Insert Frequently Used Text

You can use text replacement to create shortcuts for phrases and other pieces of text you use frequently. For example, you could create the shortcut omw which, when typed, expands into “On my way!”. Text replacement shortcuts also sync across all your iOS and macOS devices using iCloud.

To create a new shortcut:

  • In Settings, go to General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
  • Tap + to create a new shortcut
  • Enter the phrase to use, followed by a shortcut

Text replacement is also a handy way to insert certain symbols or emoticons that aren’t easily typed (or readily available) in iOS. Some example shortcuts include:

  • aapple: 
  • cmd: ⌘
  • lod: ಠ_ಠ
  • starfive: ★★★★★
  • starfour: ★★★★☆
  • starthree: ★★★☆☆
  • startwo: ★★☆☆☆
  • starone: ★☆☆☆☆
  • tableflip: (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻