One of the little-known features in Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone and iPad is the ability to create your own custom keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts let you create a short sequence of characters that will save you from typing blocks of text that are frequently used or difficult to enter.
One of my favorite shortcuts is for our email address at Sephone (email@example.com). It comes in handy when you’re logging into services, filling out forms, or giving your email address when you join a protected Wi-Fi network.
To create this shortcut, go into the Settings app and click on the General item, click Keyboard, and click Shortcuts. You’ll see a list of shortcuts already in the system. (Apple gives you a couple to start.) Click the + button in the upper right to create your own. (Take care not to type a sequence you’d normally use while typing.)
When you type your shortcut, you’ll see that the first suggestion will be your expanded text – and it will automatically replace it for you when you tap the suggestion or hit the space key.
One final shortcut tip: some people like to use a prefix like “sc” to make sure they don’t enter a shortcut by mistake when they type. Try “scemail” for your email, “scaddr” for your address, or “sclink” for a link to your website. What else do you think would be a good shortcut?