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In text messaging and Twitter, the limits of only 140 characters have forced the internet environment to use abbreviations for almost all frequently used sentences. Popular ones like ASAP and LOL are good, but I still had to look for Urban Dictionary in order to know the meaning of an abbreviation. I got a DM from my Twitter friends yesterday using YMMV which I only had to google to find out is Your Mileage Can Differ meaning. Only then did I know how difficult it was for my parents to comprehend my text messages with all these Net Lingos I used.

How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub
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Such abbreviations, however, allow us to text faster and save a lot of time. iPhone users have an excellent feature that automatically expands these lingos in real time when typing according to your iOS settings. And now, thanks to a Play Store app, Android users can get the same feature to type quicker, and still make sense.

HOW TO GET TEXT EXPANDER ON ANDROID TO TYPE FASTER

The name of the app is Texpand – Text Expander and If you’ve enabled it, you’ll need to allow other apps to be observed and draw over them to make required replacements of the text. When Texpand is given all permissions and the services are switched on, it’s time to introduce some widely used words.

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How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub
How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub

To add a new sentence, tap the + icon at the bottom-right. Enter the sentence you would like to overwrite in the first text box, and enter the extended text in the next row. You will have some choices at the bottom of the screen that you can customize, such as auto text replacement and if you want to extend the phrase when it comes in between a letter. If you wish to save time, the auto-expander must be allowed here.

How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub
How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub

Now you can open any application, and try Texpand. As soon as you push the spacebar button, the typed sentence will automatically be replaced with the full text. If you just want to use the lingo for this one time you even get an undo button.

How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub

Yeah, that was pretty easy stuff and you get that on iOS as well. But the app brings it to a whole new level on Ios, by providing dynamic substitution of text. For instance, you can just write ‘tdate’ and it will automatically be replaced by today’s date. To do this, add a new sentence to Texpand and this time, tap the option that says dynamic values are displayed.

ADVANCED FEATURE: DYNAMIC PHRASES

You can select dynamic text like date, day, month, year and even the text copied to the clipboard. This feature can be very useful while typing emails and formal messages. You can mix and match these dynamic values with a shortcut to get a variety of output.

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How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub
How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub

Texpand works with all Android apps and keyboards including the physical apps you connect to via Bluetooth. The app lets you remove such applications such as Twitter where you don’t want to extend the phrases you ‘re using. This feature added makes Texpand useful to everyone out there. You can try out quite a few additional settings too.

How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub
How to Get iPhone Like Text Expander on Android, WPFaqhub

In the free version, you get a limit to define 10 phrases for expansion which can be made unlimited after you buy the pro version at $2.49 to support the developer.

CONCLUSION

Texpand-Text Expander is a valuable tool for all Android users out there. Some of the top features that make it so much better than other Android apps are things like backing up the app data to SD card, automatically adding room after expansion and deleting apps you don’t want to extend text on. If you think about it, there is one or two things iOS has to learn from this game. So check it out and tell us if you think the application is useful.

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