How to Create Text Shortcuts for Your Favorite Emojis in iOS
There are 2,666 emojis in Unicode. You will find most of them on your iPhone or iPad.
That’s a lot to remember and use, especially when not all emojis mean what you think . But how many emojis do you actually use? Wouldn’t it be great if you had the right emoji to use at the right time? Here’s a solution.
How to Create Text Shortcuts for Your Favorite Emojis
If you don’t use emojis, you can turn off the Emoji keyboard from Settings > General > Keyboard >Edit. But if you want to use a few emoji characters and remove the rest, you can create text shortcuts for them before you delete the Emoji Keyboard. Mobile keyboards allow you to use a Text Replacement feature to use as a shortcut.
It’s not necessary to switch off the Emoji keyboard. You can also use Text Replacement for an emoji you use quite a lot but sometimes can’t find it quickly enough in the list of emojis. So…
- Tap on the Settings icon > Select General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.
- On the Phrase field, select the emoji character you want to use. On the Shortcut line, enter a few text characters that expand the text to the emoji when you type it in a message.
- Click Save.
You can also add a punctuation mark (like an exclamation or a colon) ahead of the text characters to stop the emoji from any accidental insertion when you don’t mean to use it.
I usually use shortcuts with emojis like “Thinking face” or the “Festivus” emoji which often is a symbol for a deed well done. It saves a second here and there as the emoji keyboard becomes a larger haystack with new introductions every year.