If you like me you’re constantly logging in to different accounts and let’s be honest typing an email address on your iPhone can be a pain. So here’s a quick time-saving hack for iPhone users. Using the iPhone’s hidden built-in text replacement feature you can create shortcuts for things you type all the time.
I personally use it all the time for all my different email addresses, and usernames but it’s also great for storing hashtags, long company names, etc.
1. Open your phone and go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
2. Then, go to Text Replacement.
3. Then, click the plus sign in the upper right-hand corner to add a new text replacement.
4. In the phrase field, type your text you want to make a shortcut for. If you’re entering a bunch of hash tags say, for Instagram, you can use copy and paste as well.
5. In the shortcut field, type what you want your text shortcut to be. Usually, I’ll use something like “jjj” for my email and “jjjj” for my alternate email. It’s quick and easy. Once you’ve got the fields entered, click save in the upper right-hand corner.
6. To test it out, open up a new text message or email and type your shortcut. You’ll see your text replacement pop up in the suggested text box above your keyboard. You can either hit the space key or just tap on the suggested text. Make sure if you’re using it for some type of login that there’s no space at the end.
One other nice thing about this trick is that it works with most custom keyboards like Gboard.