How to add words to your iPhone dictionary with Text Replacement, so your iPhone automatically recognises them when you type

Kaspars Grinvalds/ShutterstockIt’s easy to add words to your iPhone dictionary so your iPhone can automatically recognise those words when you type.


Maybe it’s those four-letter words that your iPhone is constantly censoring to keep your messages PG-13, or perhaps it’s the unique name of your dog or company.

Either way, we all know the frustration when your iPhone refuses to recognise that the word you’re trying to spell out is actually how you want the word to appear.

Fortunately, Apple offers a solution for its iPhone users: Text Replacement.

If you’re constantly baffled by your iPhone wrongly “correcting” you when typing, the Text Replacement feature is a way to manually add any commonly-used words to your iPhone’s repertoire.

Here are the five simple steps to use Text Replacement to expand your iPhone’s texting lingo:

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How to add words to your iPhone dictionary using Text Replacement

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app.

2. Scroll down to and tap “General.”

3. Open “Keyboards.”

4. Tap “Text Replacement,” then the “+” sign in the top right corner.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderThe Text Replacement feature should appear toward the top of your iPhone’s Keyboards settings page.

5. You can now add any words that you want your iPhone to recognise. You can also add shortcuts that will autofill the desired phrase as you type.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderI added the unique name of my roommate’s dog, Yuzuki. Apple also automatically adds names that are saved under ‘Contacts’ to your iPhone’s dictionary.

Once you’ve added your commonly used words and their shortcuts, you’ll finally have Apple’s autocorrect feature working for you – rather than against you.

Emma Witman/Business InsiderNow, just three letters later, the loveable Yuzuki is known by my iPhone.
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