For Android: Note: These steps work only with the stock Android keyboard. Tap Settings, Language & input, and make sure Google Keyboard is selected under the Keyboard & Input Methods heading. If you have an alternate keyboard Click Download to install GBoard (Google’s Stock Keyboard) from the Play Store. Follow the instructions to replace your keyboard with the Google Keyboard or GBoard. Tap Settings, Language & input, then Personal dictionary. Next, tap the language option of your choice. Tap the + button in the top-right corner of the screen, then type the word or text string that'll trigger the shortcut. You're best off picking something other than a common word; for example, "addr" rather than "address." In the next line, type in the actual phrase you want to appear when you type the shortcut, such as "1234 Main Street, Anytown USA." Unfortunately, the phrase is limited to about 50 characters. Tap the Back button, and you should see your shortcut appear as an entry on the Personal dictionary screen. Tap + to add another shortcut. For iPhone/iPad: Tap Settings, General, Keyboard, then make sure Shortcuts near the bottom of the screen is enabled. Choose “Text Replacement” on top. You'll now see a list of all the existing keyboard shortcuts on your iOS device. To add a new one, tap the "+" in the top corner of the screen. In the "Text Replacement" field, tap in the shortcut that'll trigger the full phrase you just entered; again, try a short string of letters that won't be easily confused with a common word. All set? Tap the "Save" button. Let's give it a try. Compose a fresh email, type your shortcut, and the phrase you entered should appear as a bubble below the cursor. Tap the space bar or select the word replacement, and BOOM! The phrase will jump into the message, right where your shortcut was.
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