How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Emojis in iOS?

Apple has a big list of Emoji icons in default iOS keyboard used in iPhone and iPad. The list is so huge and makes it difficult for anyone to remember where exactly the icons are available. This may result in searching icons during typing and consume lot of time. Fortunately there is a way to add shortcut word for the emoji icons you frequently use. In this article, we will explain how to create text keyboard shortcuts for emojis in iOS. You can use the keyboard shortcuts to insert emoji symbols in Messages, WhatsApp and WeChat conversations.

Related: Alt code emoji keyboard shortcuts for Windows.

Emoji Icons List in iOS Keyboard
Emoji Icons List in iOS Keyboard

Access Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS

Tap the settings icon on the home screen and then navigate to “General > Keyboard” option.

Access Keyboard Options in iOS
Access Keyboard Options in iOS

Tap on the “Shortcuts” option.

Access Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS
Access Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS

Creating Shortcut for Emoji

iOS allows you to create your own shortcuts for the long phrases like “omg” can refer to “Oh My God!” when typing in the keyboard. Similarly you can add shortcut to any emoji icons. Tap on the “+” icon available on top right corner.

Add New Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS
Add New Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS

Choose the emoji icon for the phrase and enter your shortcut for that emoji. For example, we select the vertical traffic light emoji icon as a phrase and enter “tf” as shortcut.

Adding Emoji Shortcut in iOS
Adding Emoji Shortcut in iOS

Whenever typing with the default keyboard in apps like Messages or Mail, type the shortcut “tf” to see the traffic light emoji appears in the quick type bar.

Tap Spacebar to Choose Emoji Shortcut
Tap Spacebar to Choose Emoji Shortcut

Just tap on the spacebar to select the highlighted emoji icon without searching in the big list.

Intelligent iOS Emoji Keyboard

The recent iOS versions has intelligent keyboard to suggest emojis based on your text messages. For example, when you type “too hot” your iPhone will show the hot emoji icon to pick up without searching from the huge list.

View our video on how to add shortcut for emojis in iOS keyboard:

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