I've recently started using a bluetooth keyboard with my iPad. I was wondering if there are any keyboard shortcuts for emoji ? Switching to the on screen keyboard is possible but forces me to take my fingers off the hardware keyboard and tap the screen which is a huge waste of time. On Mac the autocorrect replaces stuff "<3" with their emoji equivalent but iOS doesn't seem to do that.



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I've found a workaround using the "text replacement" feature. In Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Text replacement, you can add the emoji and assign them their equivalent text-based shortcuts, like in the screenshot below.


  • Those replacement lists ought to sync between Mac & iOS over iCloud, so you can use the same on both.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 22, 2017 at 16:09

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