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How to replace text in iOS or macOS to save us time

One of the features that we can use every day to save time is text replacement, which is offered by both macOS and iOS . This feature allows you to create a word or a phrase by simply executing a custom command.

There are several extensions that allow other more advanced features , but surely what the Apple operating system itself offers will be more than enough for most users.

How to replace text in iOS or macOS to save us time
How to replace text in iOS or macOS to save us time

This functionality is really practical when we have to do a series of repetitions in the day, either in email replies, in social networks or simply in our corporate texts . Of course, we can also use it for our instant messaging applications, it’s up to each of us there.

How to replace text in iOS

The first thing we have to do is go directly to the next address:

  • Adjustments
  • Keyboards
  • Text replacement

How to replace text in macOS

In macOS we will have to make the following route, the procedure in very similar:

  • Enter System Preferences
  • Keyboard
  • Text


From there, the procedure is very similar in both operating systems. Everything we do next should be updated in iCloud to appear on all our devices.

Once we are inside “Text Replacement” or “Text” in macOS, we will be able to modify or create our own text shortcuts. We can create as many as we want, even if we recommended you to have a structure, because at the end we could forget them . This function is designed to save us time by writing some actions that will be repeated in a moderate or intense way in our daily life, so it is better to apply some rule.

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A simple example might be to represent the bitten apple of the Californians with only two characters. If we want to write the Apple logo () we have the option to copy this logo and “tell” “Text replacement” to apply it when we write (;A). There you can put whatever you want.

The nice thing about this feature is that it syncs with our iCloud account, so Mac keyboard shortcuts will be available on all our iOS devices, but also on our Mac.

Did you know this function? Do you use it often?

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