I've looked in the whole parameters of my Nexus 5 (Lollipop 5.1) and I can't find the way to customize the auto-replace function.

What I want to do is simple, I want some abbreviation like asap to be automatically changed for as soon as possible, or swag to be replaced by NEVER USE THIS WORD MORON

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This functionality is covered by the operation of the Personal Dictionary. Settings > Language and input > Google Keyboard > Text correction > Personal Dictionary. Select the language to which you would like to make the addition.

Finally, the '+ Add' button allows you to define a word or phrase, and, optionally a shortcut.

So for your example, Word = 'As soon as possible', shortcut = asap.

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    It doesn't work!
    – prab2112
    Commented Mar 8, 2016 at 14:28
  • You may have to install the Google Keyboard or Gboard from the Play Store if you don't see it in “Language and input”.
    – Gogowitsch
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 20:40
  • It works for me, it was just moved, in the current version, it's directly to the main Settings menu, just open the Settings > Dictionary > Personal dictionary, choose if you want to define it for all languages or just a specific one and there, you can add words or phrases and their shortcuts. Commented May 28, 2021 at 11:21
  • What @prab2112 said: It doesn't work. It doesn't replace anything. At most, it shows a "possible correction" after you type. But if you want it to replace the illiterate constructions i or u or U (which apparently are in its dictionary!) with I or you, it doesn't work for that.
    – Kyralessa
    Commented Sep 28, 2023 at 12:34

April 2017 This works in Note5, Android 7. Settings Language & Input Virtual Keyboard Samsung Keyboard Predictive Text (click on predictive text) Text Shortcut

Hope this'll help you. :-)


download thumb keyboard from playstore. link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beansoft.keyboardplus in keyboard settings go to text substitution and add words of your choice. I am using this keyboard.


On my phone, you go to Virtual Keyboard, not Google Keyboard, then to Gboard > Personal Dictionary > English > then click the + symbol in the top right.

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