Smartphones have made our lives so much easier in many ways, but the on-screen keyboards can be complicated, especially those with "fat finger syndrome." Most smartphone keyboards have tiny letters and little room for error for adult-sized fingers. Then, throw in typos and frustrations that you don't want to rely on autocorrect to fix. Typing out a simple message could quickly become a big mess.
But, luckily, there's relief. Don't type your message out several times and don't rely on autocorrect. Here at Komando.com, we've got a few tricks up our collective sleeve that can help you simplify and speed up your text messages - all you need to do is adjust a few settings.
On both Apple and Android gadgets, you can tweak settings to automatically fill in what you're typing. For example, type in "OMW" and your phone can automatically translate that to "On my way." Here's how:
For words and phrases you use most often, you can create a new shortcut in your settings. This way, you can type in OMW and it will automatically be translated into "On my way!"
To do this, go to Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Text Replacement >> Tap the + sign and then add the word to the Phrase field and the shortcut word in the Shortcut field. Next tap Save.
Now that you know how to get to Shortcuts, start using them! Create a shortcut for your email address and add shortcuts to other phrases you type over and over, such as "SYL" for "See you later." Shortcuts, also known as text expansion, can be a real timesaver.
This will vary by device and the operating system it runs, but Android users can change these settings by going to (in general) Settings >> Language and Input >> Keyboard >> Text Shortcuts. Tap the + sign and then add the word to the Phrase field and the shortcut word to the Shortcut field. Next tap Save.