//Using iOS Shortcuts to Save Time

Using iOS Shortcuts to Save Time

It’s #tbt at Echo – here we share posts that were originally shared at Efficiency by Emily or emilyhoapili.com. It’s been updated before posting here.

If you poke around in your phone for a bit, you’ll find that keyboard options usually include a personal dictionary you can use to add words to avoid the dreaded “sorry autocorrect.”  You can use this same set-up to save time (and typo frustrations) for things you type often or don’t want to use internet slang (on a somewhat related note, if you find your phone cleans up your language, you can use this or a new contact to avoid.  Read more here).

Here are some examples of shortcuts I have set-up:

  • “haddress” and “waddress” – my addresses.  Now, if I get a text or an email asking for my mailing address, I can type one word instead of punching out the whole thing.
  • “pemail” and “wemail” – my mailing address shortcuts were so successful I soon added these shortcuts for my emails.  They’re helpful not only when I’m sending a text or an email, but when I’m filling in forms online (especially on my phone).
  • Some things I say often enough I find doing a shortcut makes it easier.  “Fair enough” is my go-to for “you make some good points but I still think I’m right.”  I don’t say it everyday, but I say it often enough “fenuf” is faster and easier than “Fair enough.”  I also have a shortcut for “ly” to become “Love you” so I’m not a total jerk.
  • Have a whole sentence or even paragraph you type regularly?  Try an iOS shortcut!  For instance, “I’ve attached an independent contractor agreement for your review; please return a signed copy at your earliest convenience.”  Nothing fancy, but gets old typing.  That phrase becomes “icic” in my iPhone, and it pops out the entire phase.

A few notes:

  • Don’t use this for passwords – besides the security issues, it’s all but impossible to verify and adds a space.  It’s not worth the headache.
  • Don’t use a common word for your shortcut.  This may require you to get creative.
  • For those of you on iOS and OS – these shortcuts will transfer to your MacBook, your iPad, etc.  This makes it easy to use on any device (and a total pain when you’re writing a blog post about it).
  • These ideas can be transferred to AutoText in Outlook, and other programs.  Poke around some of your favorite programs and see if you can add them.  I actually got into my iOS shortcuts after using AutoText in Outlook and wishing I had it on my iPhone, then realizing I did.

Here’s how you can do it in iOS – we’ll go with lol and make it “Laugh out loud!”

​Open your phone Settings, then open General, then Keyboard.  You’ll see “Text Replacement” at the top of this menu.


Open this menu, then click on the plus sign in the top right to add a new entry.


​Fill in the fields, then click “Save”


​Now when you type your shortcut, your iPhone will autocorrect it.  


You’re done!  Easy, quick, and a total time-saver.

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By |2018-02-07T14:59:33+00:00January 16th, 2018|Digital Organization|Comments Off on Using iOS Shortcuts to Save Time

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Emily Hoapili
President & Owner @ Echo Blue Innovations. Efficiency expert. Political enthusiast. Wannabe artist. #INTJ. Boom.