Time Hack: Use iPhone and Android Text Replacement for Calendar Pages

Calendar Pages are the perfect solution for sharing your availability through any medium – over email, via LinkedIn, or in a text message. However, typing out your Calendar Page URLs can be tedious when you schedule a lot of meetings on your mobile phone.

PRO TIP: You can save a few keystrokes by using our URL shortcuts! You can direct people to your Calendar Pages by replacing calendar.x.ai with c.x.ai or x.ai/c. Therefore, c.x.ai/ammon/webinar and x.ai/c/ammon/webinar go to the same place!

Using iPhone’s Text Replacement

All iPhones come with the ability to define certain phrases that, when typed, will expand into a longer phrase to save your thumbs the extra effort. For example, typing “OMW” can be expanded to “On my way!” We’ll use this feature to auto-fill our Calendar Page URLs!

To get to your Text Replacement settings, go to settings and then to General → Keyboards → Text Replacement. Click the plus sign to add a new Replacement and create something like this:

Once you save this Text Replacement in your phone, you will now be presented with the option to expand the word or phrase you chose into your Calendar Page URL!

Now what used to take you 32 keystrokes (not counting taps on the 123/ABC buttons!) takes you only four! Simply grab your most-used Calendar Page URLs and add them as Text Replacements to quickly send your availability like so:

Using Android’s Personal Dictionary

Android phones have a similar feature called Personal Dictionary within which you can attach a shortcut. Simply click the Settings gear icon from your Android keyboard and select Dictionary then Personal Dictionary then click the Plus sign to add a new entry:

Type or paste your Calendar Page URL in the field that says, “Type a word.” In the field that says, “Optional Shortcut” type the word, phrase, or other shortcut you wish to use to quickly enter your Calendar Page URL. In this example, we chose a hyphen followed by the Calendar Page URL.

Now when you type the optional shortcut from your Android personal dictionary, you can simply tap on the text suggestion to insert your URL!

Enjoy the well-rested thumbs!


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  8. Look busier than you are: Mask your true availability
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  10. Automate your responses: Create email workflows to manage meetings for you
  11. Customize your overlap: Use Meeting Templates to optimize time zone overlaps
  12. Separate work and play: Route events to different calendars, personal or professional
  13. Make time for yourself: Instantly block out focus time with an email
  14. Add Amy to your emails with zero clicks: Loop in our AI with a simple email hack
  15. Leave yourself a graceful exit plan: Allow meetings to run long… or cut them short
  16. Gotta keep ’em separated: Double-book your time with multiple guests

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