Instead of typing “meet you in 10 mins”, you could shorten it to “my” or “mt10”.
Instead of typing “love you” you could shorten it to “ly”
Instead of typing your long name, “Reginald Fingersandtoes”, you can just type “rf”.
You get the idea.
This is extremely handy if you use a particular phrase often.
Here is how you make your own shortcuts:
Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
Once you are on the Keyboard screen, slide down to Shortcuts and tap on “Add New Shortcut”
Now you will see a screen where you will have to fill in two spots: Phrase (the phrase that you would like to be typed out) and Shortcut (the few letters that you want to use as a shortcut).
For my example, I want to make a shortcut for “thank you”. (I’m polite, and I use ‘thank you’ a lot :) )
Enter in whatever phrase that you want to shorten and the combination of letters that you want to use as a shortcut. I chose to type “thx” when I want my phone to write “thank you.”
That’s all there is.
Once I have made my shortcut, whenever I type “thx”, the words “thank you” will appear, just like an auto-correction.
When the day comes that you want to delete your shortcut, just swipe the shortcut to the left and a “delete” button will appear. Tap that, and your shortcut will disappear.