Create a Shortcut for Typing eMail Address Quickly in iOS

Aug 4, 2012 - 11 Comments

Create a shortcut for typing email address quickly in iOS

One of the most frustrating things to type on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch keyboards is an email address. Typing out a name, then tapping the “.?123″ button to access special characters and numbers, then tapping it again to type more letters, than tapping it yet again to type a period, and again to finish off an email address, by the time you’re done you’ve shifted between the touch keyboards half a billion times. Instead of repeating that process over and over again, do yourself a favor and create a keyboard shortcut for your email address.

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “General”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Keyboard” and at the bottom of that screen tap “Add New Shortcut”
  3. Enter the email address at the top and create your text expansion shortcut on the bottom
  4. Tap “Save” and exit out of Settings

Some general advice for setting these email expansions to be the most effective: use a shortcut that doesn’t match any other word, and keep them short and containing only characters that are accessible on the primary iOS keyboard.

iOS Text Expansion tip

Once configured you can try it out. Open any place you’d enter text, like Notes or Messages, and type the shortcut you set, it will automatically expand to the email address. No more tapping and switching keyboards between numbers, letters, periods, @ signs, your life is now easier and you’ll be touch typing even faster.

If you appreciate this trick, don’t miss our list of general typing tips for the iPad and iPhone.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Clasqm says:

    Strange, Bento doesn’t seem to recognize these shortcuts.

  2. Peter says:

    Is there a similar solution in mountain lion?

  3. Peter says:

    Thanks Ahmed.
    Ill try that one

  4. Bobby Sant says:

    Why should make shortcut while you can save in address book?

  5. Martin says:

    Why should make a shortcut when mail app provide last used address list? It is enought to write one e-mail a that’s it.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    Great tip! I get tired of typing my email address in forms etc. thank you!

  7. Deb says:

    Yeah you don’t only use emails in the mail app. You have to type out emails while registering/signing in for apps or on websites in browsers. I’d have to type out my address to leave this dang comment as I’m on my phone! Anyways thanks for the tips! This is something that has annoyed me for awhile but I just searched for a solution and voila!!

  8. Lubos says:

    This works only sometimes, like with mail, but filling out forms it often doesn’t recognize my correctly written email from the shortcut. Anyone having same experience ??
    Not sure what causes this problem….

    • Cabber says:


      Have the same problem — found that if you leave off the last letter and add that manually it’ll take it
      Make your shortcut like this:

      Leave off the “m” and then type it in manually and it’ll accept it!

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