Create your Own Android and iOS Keyboard Shortcuts

We all have a phrase or word we use frequently, from a lengthy street address in Ikeja, job title and other common phrases such as, I dey come, Abeg now, you dey house, on my way , and the list goes on.
Don’t you wish that these phrases simply flow from your fingertips to your touchscreen? The good news is that both Android and iOS devices let you create your own, custom keyboard shortcuts just by tweaking the right settings.
  • Tap Settings, Language & Input, “Personal dictionary,” then pick a language or choose the “For all languages” option.
  • Tap the “+” sign in the top-right corner of the screen, then enter the word or phrase (like “be right back”) you’d like to make a shortcut for.
  • Next, type a brief, easy-to-remember shortcut into the “Shortcut” field; for example, “brb” for “be right back”.
  • Tap the Back key, and you’ll see an entry for the shortcut you just added. Want to add more shortcuts? Tap the “+” sign again.
  • You can now try it out in your mail , compose a new message, and tap one of your new shortcuts—and when you do, the phrase you entered will appear in the row of auto-correct options just above the keyboard. Tap the phrase to add it to your message.
  • Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then tap Shortcuts near the bottom of the screen.
  • You’ll now see a list of all the existing keyboard shortcuts on your iOS device. To add a new one, tap the “+” in the top corner of the screen.
  • In the “Phrase” field, type the full phrase that you’d like to appear when you tap out a shortcut. The phrase itself can be a short string of numbers or a lengthy block of text.
  • In the “Shortcut” field, tap in the shortcut that’ll trigger the full phrase you just entered; again, try a short string of letters that won’t be easily confused with a common word and then tap the “Save” button.
  • Finally, compose a fresh email, type your shortcut and the phrase you entered should appear as a bubble above the cursor. Tap the space bar, and the phrase will jump into the message, right where your shortcut was.
Note: These settings may differ depending on the make and model of your device.