Do you have a collection of hashtags that you frequently use but don’t want to have to remember every single one or type them in manually each time? Here is our favorite time saving tip!
How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut (Text Replacement):
It is helpful start by creating a Note on your mobile device. Type out different categories for hashtags and every hashtag you can think of that you use when you post about that topic.
Next, create a Text Replacement (Keyboard Shortcut)
iOS: Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
Android: Settings > Language & Input > Personal Dictionary
In the "phrase" section, type (or copy/paste) hashtags that you want to remember. Then in the "shortcut" section use a keyword that applies to these hashtags. You can create as many shortcuts as you need and have different hashtags in different shortcuts if needed.
One of the things we found useful was to add "ig" before each keyword since we use these shortcuts the most on Instagram. We figured this out after creating a hashtag category for "beer hashtags" and then every time we typed the word "beer" the hashtags would autopopulate even when that was not our intention. After we switched the shortcut keyword to "igbeer", we don't run into that issue anymore!
Remember: capitalization does not matter in hashtags, they are not case sensitive. We occasionally use capitalization to help draw attention to the words used in the hashtags and so they are easy to read. It is NOT necessary to put commas in between hashtags. It’s technically not even necessary to put spaces between hashtags, but that becomes a jumbled mess of characters so we don’t recommend omitting spaces altogether.
There you go! We would love to know what you thought about this tip and which categories you have created for your hashtag shortcuts.