Do you have to enter the same text over and over again on your iPhone? Do you need a reply template for emails? If so, Xpandr is for you.

Xpandr is a shortcut expander for the iPhone / iPod touch. It allows you to define an unlimited number of shortcuts to save time and make your life easier. It works in every application, even on App Store applications.

Let me tell you how beneficial Xpandr is for me

Every day on Twitter people ask me where to get jailbreak information. So every day, several times a day, I have to manually type a tweet containing the following URL: Not too complicated, but when you have to do it 8-9 times/day, it gets very annoying.

That’s where Xpandr comes in. Xpandr allows you to create macros, or shortcuts if you prefer. To create a shortcut, simply tell Xpandr what the shortcut is and what the value of this shortcut is.

In our example, my shortcut is !jb (as in jailbreak) and the value of this macro is

Now if I go to any application on my iPhone and I type !jb, it will automatically insert

I also set other shortcuts for !unlock, !signature, and more… This is a real time saver.

Xpandr is available on Cydia for $1.99 and I believe it is worth every penny.

Have you already tried this application? If so, tell me us what you think about it.

  • Rene

    So close!!! Just a minor tweak or two to make. I’d been a Blackberry user for years, and that feature was solid gold to me. I must have had over 100 of the keyboard shortcuts, and I used them every day. I really missed that when I went to the iPhone. I’d literally spent hours looking for this type of application between iTunes and Cydia. Obviously, I bought this app as soon as I read the article. The reason I have to say “so close”, is that it still jumps the gun a bit. For example, I commonly use a couple of quick messages… “Call me when you can.”, and “Call me when you can. No hurry.” On the Blackberry, the first shortcut that I used was cmwyc, and the second was cmwycnh. I can’t use the second one, because as soon as I type cmwyc, it spells out the first message, not even giving me a chance at the second message. The workaround was for the second message, the shortcut is cmwyc,nh. This is only one example of what I percieve of where a bit more tweaking is needed. The translation shouldn’t take place until the space bar is hit. That way the entire shortcut is read first, then interpreted. The second tweak I would recommend would be for the macro list to display alphabettically. And last, but not least, let the macro be named in either lower or upper case. What I mean by that is, if I type cmwyc, it will not be translated out to call me when you can. I need to type Cmwyc for it to be interpreted out to the intended message.

    Other than that, oh heck yes!!! This app is worth every penny.

    I hope my suggestions will be taken into consideration.

  • I am trying to download xpandr to my iphone, pleaase point me to a website to do this.

  • Does iOS not have this built in?