Change Stupid OMW iMessage Shortcut, Add Others [iOS Tips]

Change Stupid OMW iMessage Shortcut, Add Others [iOS Tips]

Look, I know some folks like the auto-expand of omw to “On My Way!,” but honestly? I’m rarely that enthusiastic when sending a text about my plans to head over to a buddy’s house. Just sayin’. If this bugs you as well, here’s the way to fix it, as well as add others to your texting repertoire.

Hop on over to our favorite app, Settings. Tap on the General tab, then scroll down to Keyboard and tap through to Shortcuts. The omw shortcut is already there. Tap it, and change it to whatever you want it to say. Be sure to hit the Save button in the upper right, or you’re back to square one.

Want to add your own shortcuts? That’s pretty easy, too. Simple tap the Add New Shortcut… field at the bottom of the Keyboard settings pane, and add one in. Try to keep your shortcut (bottom field) 2-4 letters, or it’s really more of a longcut, right? The top field contains the actual phrase you want the shortcut expanded to. Try not to get them confused, like I did the first one I added. You’ll get an error saying your Shortcut cannot contain spaces. That will be the tip you’ve gotten it backward.

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  • Jdsonice

    One of the tips I picked up was to create short cuts for my email addresses. so (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)coupe “agm” and that saves a lot of typing.

  • Rashid Al Dossery

    I have use it in batter way ,
    In example I chose (qc) for short cute for my Bussinss card you can use this example :

    ……..name………. Company . Email:xxxxxxxxxxx@me.com
    Mob: +973 3333xxxx

    Works 100% for me as I am Real Eastae Agint . And I txt it to every new client .

    It take under a moment and avoide writing and specially when busy or driving .

    Works with your emaill and SMS ,what’s app…. .

    Alsow office address . Bank Acount number for international .

    Good luck
    Rashid / Quest Realty

  • retep1515

    Love this feature! Use it so many times every day to type my email address. All i need to type is p@ for my email to pop up!

  • IamJAd

    I love this feature. I can sign emails as I choose depending on the account.

    I just wish I could have multi-line shortcuts. Full address, etc, with one shortcut.

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