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How to Quickly Add Words to Your iPhone Dictionary

Adding new words to your iPhone's dictionary is a quick and easy process. Just go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Shortcut and you'll be able to add any words that your phone can pull from its dictionary quickly.

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Published Sep 21, 2022

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

  • Adding words to an iPhone's dictionary can help facilitate faster and more accurate typing.
  • This would help them to quickly and accurately type messages without having to continually look up unfamiliar words.
  • "You'll learn how to easily add new words to your iPhone's dictionary in this article!"

Adding words to your iPhone's dictionary allows you to customize it to your own language preferences and add any specialized terms or nicknames used in your circle of friends. The process is easy, and it ensures that the spell checker always recognizes the words you use. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions on how to add words to the dictionary on an iPhone so that it can be used in any text field or application. By following these steps, you'll be able to access even more personalized features on your device.

how to add words to iphone dictionary

To add words to an iPhone dictionary, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. Tap the plus sign at the top of the screen and enter a phrase and its shortcut. Once saved, you can use the shortcut to quickly type out the phrase.

  1. Tap on “Settings” from the home screen and scroll down to “General”.
  2. Select “Keyboard” and then tap on “Add New Shortcut…”.
  3. Enter a word or phrase, type the word or phrase in the field below “Phrase".
  4. Enter a shortcut key combination. These are two character codes, such as hh for hello.
  5. Tap "Save" . Your new shortcut will appear in the top list of custom shortcuts.
Our takeaway

At the end of the day, having a comprehensive and accurate iPhone dictionary is essential for a seamless typing experience. Now that you know how to quickly add words and customize your dictionary, you can be sure that your iPhone will recognize any terms or names that come your way! If you’re feeling especially creative, you can even turn it into a fun game. Challenge yourself to see how many useful words and phrases you can add in one sitting -- the sky’s the limit!


1. What are the steps to add words to an iPhone dictionary?

To add a new word to your iPhone's dictionary, open the Settings app and select General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. Tap the "+" icon in the top right-hand corner, type in the word you would like to add, then tap Save.

2. Is there a limit to the number of words that can be added to an iPhone dictionary?

No, there is no limit to the number of words you can add to your iPhone dictionary.

Can words in different languages be added to an iPhone dictionary?

Yes, users can add words from any language to their iPhone dictionary. To add words, under Settings go to General > Dictionary > Add New Shortcut and enter the word and its meaning. Once entered the word will appear in autocorrect while typing.

How can I check if a certain word is already in my iPhone dictionary?

To see whether or not a specific word is already in your iPhone dictionary, you can open the Settings app, then select General and finally choose Dictionary. Within this section, you should be able to browse through the list of words currently stored in your device's dictionary.

Are the words that I add to my iPhone dictionary shared with other users?

No, the words that you add to your iPhone dictionary are not shared with other users. The dictionary only stores personal word preferences for each user.

This article was originally published on 21 Sep 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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