Sometimes the iPhone doesn’t recognize words that you type regularly and it is really useful to add them to the dictionary, family names and nicknames for example.

You can also setup phrase shortcuts in the same way so that you can be more efficient. For example you can set it so that every time you type phn it can enter your phone number!

Here are some seriously helpful phrases to add to your iPhone:

  • phn > “your phone number”
  • eml > “your email address”
  • addr > “your address”
  • sig > “your name / signature”
  • brb > be right back
  • syl > see you later
  • thx > Thank you!
  • hay > how are you?
  • idk > I don’t know
  • Any of your family members nicknames!

Add Words

  • Open Settings
  • Click on General
  • Then Keyboard
  • Select Text Replacement
  • Click on the + in the top right corner
  • Enter a word under Phrase that you want your iPhone to recognize, if you want to allocate a shortcut for this word enter this under Shortcut, e.g.
    • Phrase emma@techtidyup.com
    • Shortcut eml
  • Press Save
  • Add more words or phrases following the same procedure

Delete Words

  • Open Settings
  • Click on General
  • Then Keyboard
  • Select Text Replacement
  • Click on Edit in the bottom left hand corner
  • Click on the next to the word to delete
  • Press Delete

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