How to create your own text shortcuts on your phone

Do you find yourself repeating very similar phrases in your emails or text messages on your phone?

Here’s a quick way to set up a shortcut so that all you need to do is quickly type in a short phrase and your phone will replace it with your longer phrase!

Here’s what you need to do:

How to create your own text shortcuts on your iOS device

  • Click Settings
  • Click General
  • Click Keyboard
  • Click Text Replacement (2nd row)
  • Click the “+” button at the top
  • Enter a phrase and the associated shortcut
  • Click Save in the upper right-hand corner

For example, you can create a shortcut similar to what you see below:

Phrase: BRB
Shortcut: Be right back

Phrase: GM
Shortcut: Good Morning

Phrase: On my way!
Shortcut omw


After you create your shortcuts, now, try opening an email or text message and typing your shortcut and then press return.  You’ll see that your phone will now swap that shortcut out for the longer phrase.


How to create your own text shortcuts on your Android

  • Click Settings
  • Click Language and Input (depending on your Android device, you may need to click System first)
  • Click Personal Dictionary and click “+” in the top right corner
  • Add a phrase and an associated shortcut underneath it


How to create your own text shortcuts on your Samsung

  • Click Settings
  • Scroll to General management
  • Click Language and input
  • Click On-screen keyboard 
  • Click Samsung Keyboard 
  • Click Smart typing
  • Click Text shortcuts and then click the ADD/+ button
  • Enter the shortcut and the expanded phrase and then click “add

Hopefully, these tips will save you time!

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