What the Tech? See Texting Shortcuts to Save You Time on Your iPhone
We all spend an enormous amount of time on our smartphones. Maybe not long enough though to discover some little-known-tricks only power iPhone users know.
Here are some of my favorite iPhone tips, tricks, and hacks.
If you frequently send information over text, Facebook or email that requires a lot of tapping this trick will save you a lot of time.
Let’s say you will often need to send information about your business such as a list of clients you work with. Rather than type out that list in an email or text, go to your settings and set up a shortcut.
Under general settings look for “keyboard”, then “text replacement” and then the plus icon. In “Phrase” enter the words, sentences, or numbers that you frequently need to send.
Under “shortcut” come up with a couple of letters or numbers that you’d not normally use. Here’s an example: if you have 10 clients you want to mention to a potential client in an email, enter all of those clients as the ‘phrase’ and *clients* as the shortcut.
Next time you need to send someone the list of clients just type out *clients*. To dress up iMessages you can send them with flair. Type out your message and then hold down the blue ‘send’ button. As you do a fresh screen appears with the option of sending the message as a “bubble”.
Choosing the “screen” option you can send the message with balloons, fireworks, confetti or any number of animations. Try it out by sending someone the Tinkerbell emoji as a screen and it’ll take over their screen before ending in the text line.
For more fun, text someone the words “pew pew” and ask for their reaction.
Have you ever typed out a message then thought you should change or delete it? Rather than tapping on the back button to erase the characters simply shake the phone. You’ll be given the option to undo the text. Shake it again to re-do the undo.
One of my favorite shortcuts in iOS 14 is the ability to tap the back of the phone to launch an app. To do this tap on settings > accessibility>touch and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen until you see “back tap”. You’ll be given many options to set a shortcut by tapping the back of the phone twice or a triple tap.
Use it for any apps or features you want to access quickly. For example, I use double-tap to take a screenshot and triple-tap to Shazam a song I hear playing. I can’t tell you how many times I missed a song by not opening the Shazam app in time. The triple-tap makes it quick and easy.
These shortcuts are definitely time-savers but they’re also pretty fun.