Take 43 seconds to never type your email address again.

Difficulty: Easy

Cost: Free

Time: 43 Seconds

This automation is one of the simplest ways you can possibly optimize your iPhone experience.

I don’t like taking the time to type my email address on my phone, and I don’t like the idea that I might type it incorrectly on an important document. Because of this, I use text replacement for my email and home addresses as well as commonly used phrases and sentences.

Follow the tutorial below to use this optimization for yourself.

Step 1:

Pull down on your home screen to use Spotlight Search. Search for text replacement

Step 2:

Press the plus sign in the upper right hand corner to add a new text replacement phrase and shortcut.

Step 3:

Add your replacement using your email or address or phrase or sentence in the phrase blank and your unique shortcut in the space below. You want to choose something unique yet easy to type and remember.

You don’t want to accidentally type your shortcut, but there’s no sense in setting up an automation if you’ll never use it.

Other example shortcuts are xem for email, @# for phone number, and xadd for address. You can really use anything you want though.

That’s it!

You’re done. Go try your text replacement shortcut out. You can add additional shortcuts for anything you want including home address, common replies, and anything else you can think of.

If you ever have to code html on your phone or iPad (as I begrudgingly have to do for my newsletter time to time), setting up the shortcut h1 to correct to

<h1> </h1>

or <a> to

<a href="">Link Name</a>

and so on can prove really useful. In the end, the limit of this automation’s usefulness is your imagination.

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