How to Set up and Manage Text Replacement on Apple iPhone SE 2021

This post will help you set up and manage text replacement feature on the Apple iPhone SE 2020. Read on to learn how to use special acronyms when typing text messages or emails on your new iPhone.

What is Text Replacement and how does it work in iOS 13?

Just like other iPhones, the recently rolled out iPhone SE 2020 also offers a text replacement feature that allows you to insert special acronyms that represent the texts that you type often. Such is deemed a handy feature especially in speeding up typing as well as in reducing errors when typing lengthy messages or emails on your iOS device.

With text replacement, you can create shortcuts to specific words, key phrases or sentences and then expand them into the complete words or texts. 

In order to use text replacement, you will need to set it up beforehand. And here’s how it’s done on the new iPhone SE 2020 handset.

Easy Steps to Set Up and Manage Text Replacements on the iPhone SE 2020

Time Needed : 5 minutes

The following are actual steps carried out through the iPhone SE 2020 platform but can also be applied when setting up text replacement on other iOS 13 devices. Actual screens however may vary depending on the device model and service provider.

  1. To get started, tap the Settings icon to open the main settings menu of your device.

    A list of iOS 13 features and settings will load up on the next display.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-settings

  2. Tap General to continue.

    General settings including software update, Airdrop, iPhone storage and other relevant options and features will show up next.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-general

  3. Scroll down and then tap Keyboard.

    Another screen opens with a list of all the default iOS keyboard settings.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-keyboard

  4. Tap Text Replacement to continue.

    The text replacement menu opens with a list of all saved text replacement entries.
    Entries are displayed alphabetically.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-textrep

  5. To add a new text replacement, simply tap the Plus sign located on the upper-rightmost corner of the display.

    Doing so will open another screen where you can enter the phrase and shortcut text that you'd like to add.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-plus

  6. After entering the phrase and shortcut, tap Save.

    The recently entered shortcut and phrase will be added in the text replacement menu.
    Just repeat the same steps if you'd like to add another phrase and shortcut on your phone.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-save

  7. To Edit the existing text replacements, tap Edit at the bottom-leftmost corner of the screen.

    A red circle with a minus sign inside will show up before each of the existing text entries or shortcuts. This denotes that you're currently in the text replacement's edit mode.

    While in Edit mode, simply tap on this circle if you want to remove or delete a shortcut entry.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-edit

  8. To exit Edit mode, just tap Done at the bottom-leftmost corner.

    The phone then switches back to the main text replacement menu.

    set up text replacements iphone se2020-done

  • iOS 13.6.1
  • Apple iPhone SE 2020

After adding all shortcuts or text replacements, you’re all set to use them when composing emails, SMS messages, documents or notes on your phone.

Just type the replacement shortcut that you created and then tap the Spacebar on your keyboard when the corresponding text appears.

Text Replacement Not Working?

Should you bump into any sort of issues when using text replacement, deleting and re-adding the shortcut, adding new shortcut to existing shortcut, and restarting the phone usually helps. Disabling the Emoji Keyboard and resetting the Keyboard Dictionary can likewise be deemed among the last resorts.

Hope this helps!

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Hope this helps!

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