Never Type Your Email Address Again On Your iOS Device [iOS Tip]



None of us enjoy typing out our email address, especially if we have to do it a number of times a day on an iOS device. But thanks to the new Shortcuts feature in iOS 5, we don’t have to. Here’s how to setup a shortcut that will save you from typing out your email address forever!

You may have already used the Shortcuts feature in iOS 5, but you may not have known that it also works for email addresses. First, open up the Settings app on your device and tap the ‘General’ tab, then choose ‘Keyboard’.

Now scroll to the bottom of the page and tap the ‘Add New Shortcut…’ button. Under the ‘Phrase’ field, enter your email address. Now choose your shortcut. Keep this as short as possible, using letters you wouldn’t normally type together.

Once you’re finished, hit the ‘Save’ button. Now when you’re typing in any app on your device, you can simply use the shortcut you just created to type out your email address.

  • MacHead84

    i just use eml to be a shortcut for email

  • daveparkinson

    hmm this tip was just posted at Zagg 2 weeks ago

  • ctt1wbw

    I’m sure Android has had this for 5 years already.  LOL

  • Tim Meesseman

    Excellent tip! Such a simple idea, not sure why I hadn’t thought of it.

  • hellorabbit

    I adopted this trick a couple of weeks ago and the quality of my already very plush First-World life improved instantly.  

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  • pollix

    Great Tip!

  • Peter Reynolds

    I’ve been using this feature for some time.  However it usually fails when I try to sign in to a site: My email address will populate the “user” field, but the site won’t recognize it.  I have to type it in full.

  • Steve LeVine

    Did this day one that iOS 5 came out.

  • Francisco J Leon

    OMG!!… I didn’t know this, THANK YOU ! ! !

  • Francisco J Leon

    Damn… I’m going to be lazier, lol

  • baby_Twitty

    Ok, the past iOS tips usually make me shrugs as most users probably already know them, 
    but i’ll admit this one is pretty smart and surprisingly impressive.

    It’s so simple and useful; makes me wonder why the hell didn’t i ever think of it before.


  • brnmbrns

    I’ve been doing this since day one. I also used it for replacing text emoticons into emoji.

  • julian coultas

    If you have your own email address in your IOS address book, you should be able do this in less than 3 letters. So there is no gain here with this tip!