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How to Create Text Shortcuts for Your Favorite Emojis in iOS

Saikat Basu 07-05-2018

There are 2,666 emojis in Unicode. You will find most of them on your iPhone or iPad.


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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…

  1. Tap on the Settings icon > Select General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.
  2. 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.
    Emoji Shortcut in iOS
  3. 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.


Related topics: Emojis, Keyboard Shortcuts.

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