Use iOS 5 Shortcuts to Create a Second E-Mail Signature

Posted in How To, iOS on 25/11/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


If you’re like me, and have multiple e-mail accounts for different purposes, you may find the fact that iOS only supports one signature a bit frustrating. Not to worry – iOS 5 provides a simple (and somewhat sneaky) way to set up and use a second one.

Using iOS 5’s new “Shortcuts” text-expanding feature, we can easily work around being limited to a single signature by using a few quick shortcuts to do our dirty work. Here’s how it’s done:

  • On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > General > Add New Shortcut
  • Type the first line of your signature in the Phrase field
  • Type your desired shortcut (I used Sig1) in the Shortcut field
  • Tap the Save button
  • Repeat this process to add additional lines to your signature

Now, to use your new second signature, simply start a new email, tap in your shortcuts one-at-a-time, pressing enter after each one. Note that you’ll need to press “space” after each shortcut for it to expand.

That’s all there is to it! Since my signature has three lines, I just type Sig1, Sig2, and Sig3 on different lines, and iOS expands my shortcuts, spelling out my entire signature with just a few keystrokes.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.