Best iPhone Tip Ever: How To Type Insanely Fast With No Mistakes

You type in your email address on your iPhone a lot, right? Ever make a mistake when typing it in? Me too—all the time. What if there was a way that you could type in your email address perfectly every time, ten times faster than you do now? You can! In this article, I’ll show you how to use a little-known feature called Text Replacement so that every time you type @@ on your iPhone, your entire email address shows up instead. And best of all, you can use this tip to type anything faster on your iPhone.

Type Email Faster With Text Replacement

Where To Find Text Replacement

Text Replacement In SettingsGo to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Text Replacement, and you’ll see a list of all the shortcuts that are currently set up on your iPhone. Most people don’t realize they’re here. Ever wonder why ty changes to Thank You when you type it in? It’s not magic—it’s a Text Replacement shortcut.

Make @@ A Shortcut For Your Email Address On Your iPhone

To add a new shortcut, tap the blue plus Blue Plus in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. You’ll see a box called Phrase and a box called Shortcut.

New Text Replacement

First, enter your full email address in the box next to Phrase. Then, enter @@ in the box next to Shortcut. When you’re done, tap Save in the upper right.

Text Replacement Save

Use Your New Email Shortcut

Text Replacement In Messages AppOpen the Messages app or any other, and type @@. As soon as you do, a blue box will appear with the shortcut inside. When that box appears, just keep typing to insert it in the text.

It’s a no brainer, right? I didn’t come up with the @@ trick myself. I saw a friend in New York City do it, and when I asked her what she had done, she told me she’d been doing it for years. I’ve known about Text Replacement for a while, but it never occurred to me to use it for my email address. When she told me about it, I knew I had to tell you.

Other Uses For Text Replacement

Text replacement has all sorts of uses, so give it some thought. As you use your iPhone over the next few days, pay attention to the things you’re typing over and over again. Whether it’s your full name, a phrase you use to begin or end your emails, or a parade of emojis, Text Replacement can make your life a lot easier.

Text Replacement In Action: The Fresh Prince Lyrics

Text Replacement Fresh PrinceWhat better use for text replacement could there be than an emoji version of the lyrics to The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air? (OK, there are a few—but this illustrates the power of text replacement.) Copy and paste this parade of emojis to dazzle your friends.

Now this is a ? all about how my life got ?⬆️⬇️ now I’d like to take a ⌛️ just ?? I’ll tell ya how I became the ? of a ???? called ??

Set Up Fresh Prince Text Replacement

Now that you’re dazzling your friends with your lightning-fast thumbs (I won’t tell if you won’t tell), I’d love to hear about the other uses you’ve found for Text Replacement in the comments section below. And while you’re here, check out my brand new Cell Phone Savings Calculator to learn how you could replace your phone bill with one that costs a lot less, and get new iPhones while you’re at it.

Thanks for reading, and remember to pay it forward,
David P.

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I'm a former Apple employee and the founder of Payette Forward, and I'm here to help you with your iPhone.

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6 years ago

Great tip. Should have used it years ago.

MBele Williams
7 years ago

I have problems with the speaker and ringing signal on iphone 5S. I have missed many calls and to make a call I must press the microphone to hear the voice.
Please help me.

7 years ago

Use this all the time! Thank you- For whatever reason even though I have them both on iCloud sync & Believe I have all the settings correct – my iPad keyboard will not automatically update with these from my phone. It’s so frustrating when every other app (such as something like simple note in this case) work better than the native apple setup or even their notes app Outside a copy and pasting by saving to something like simple note- is there anyway to sync settings or items like this which we set up for the keyboard? Thank you very… Read more »