Text replacement is like autocorrect that you use on purpose. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

If you’ve spent any time typing out a message on an iPhone, you’re familiar with autocorrect and its shortcomings. We know them. We ducking hate them. But there’s a related, less well-known feature on your iPhone called text replacement that is kind of an all-purpose autocorrect. In fact, this is already enabled by default — any time you type “omw,” it will automatically change to “On my way!” before your eyes.

Here’s how to set up your own shortcut phrases with text replacement:

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text replacement

Tap the plus sign in the upper right corner
Fill in the first field, Phrase, with the text you want to use
The second field, Shortcut, will contain the text you’ll type to use that phrase
Tap Save in the…

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