Yes, we’re a software development house, yes we build mobile apps and yes we are self-confessed tech geeks. But, we’re also simple mobile users and I often get asked for hints and tips making working from my iPhone/iPad easier and more effective.
My favorite and in my opinion most underused features of iOS 5 is setting shortcuts. When it comes down to writing emails and logging in to services and what not, you always have to type in the same words each time.
The iPhone and iPad let you set certain text shortcuts that will be expanded to whatever you like. All you have to do is type your shortcut and press space bar.
Interested? Give it a go and see how much time you could save .
Setting Shortcuts for your iPhone to make your iPhone type for you!
Let’s do this step by step.
. Go to the settings app.
. Go to ‘General’.
. Hit ‘keyboard’.
. Now scroll down and hit ‘Add New Shortcut’.
. Create your Shortcut, and you are done!
I’ve created a step by step screenshot guide as well, which makes it even easier to understand.
So you just hit ‘Add New Shortcut..’
Create your shortcut.
Type your shortcut and hit space to have your full sentence inserted.
Some Great Shortcuts
Now that you understand how this process works, let’s dive into some shortcuts you can start creating right now. Please note this works on the iPad as well, so you can start using this on your tablet device as well.
Greeting sentences. We all use some type of greeting very frequently. This could be
Good Morning or Hello. Now, you can just type in a letter or two to pull up your
Login names. Most of the time my login name is my email address and this is a fairly
long email address. I type it probably around 10 times a day on my iPhone. Imagine what happens now that I only have to type ‘smail’ instead of my full email address! But if you have problems remembering all your login names, you can start using the shortcut creator as a memory tool as well. Instead of having to remember your login name for Wunderlist, for instance, just type ‘wllogin’ and your login name will be inserted by the shortcut (after creation of course).
URL’s. I type my website url every once in a while on my iPhone and having to type http:// on a smartphone is just a pain.
Full names. When you are using your iPad for meetings and such, you may want to create next actions including somebody’s name. Instead of having to type ‘John Smith,’ I can just type ‘JS’, hit the space bar and have my full name in the typing area.
The possibilities are endless with this easy trick, and this is just one of the great features which comes with iOS 5. Have some tricks yourself? Please share it in the comments!