How to Create a Text Message Icon (Shortcut) on Your iPhone or iPad

Are you looking to create a text message icon (shortcut) on your iPhone or iPad?

When you want to text someone fast, it's super handy to save a contact as a picture icon on your home screen. To quickly send a text message, all you have to do is simply tap the icon to send a message. This makes it much quicker to send a text message to someone you message frequently.

Setting up a text message icon is easy. Just follow the simple steps below.

Tap the "Create Your Own" Button

To get started creating your own text icon, tap the "Create Your Own" button on the home page of our website.

Create your own icon

Select the Icon Type

You can create an icon to call a phone number, send a text message, make a FaceTime call, or open a website. Use the dropdown menu to select "text message" icon type.

Select your icon type

Enter a Phone Number

Enter the phone number you want to use with your icon. This is the number your icon will use to begin a text message when you tap it.

Enter contact phone number

Enter the Contact Name

Enter a name that will show up below the icon on your iPhone or iPad.

Enter contact name

Design Your Own Icon or Upload a Photo

Choose whether you want to upload a photo by tapping the "Upload Image" button or choose an icon from our library by selecting the "Pick Icon" button.

Upload photo or select icon

Upload an Image

If you selected to upload an image on the previous screen, tap the "Select Image" button. This gives you the choice to take a photo with your phone or select from your photo library.

Upload a photo

Edit your Photo

Once you've uploaded an photo, you can zoom, crop, and rotate the image.

Edit your photo

Pick an Icon

Instead of uploading a photo, you can select an icon from our library. Scroll through our icon library and then tap the icon you would like to use.

Pick an icon

Customize Your Icon

You can customize your text message icon by picking colors for the background and the icon itself.

Customize your icon

Preview Your Icon

Preview your icon to make sure it looks the way you like. If so, tap the "Create Icon" button.

Preview your icon

Add to Home Screen

With your icon created, now we just need to save it to your home screen. Tap the "share button" at bottom of your screen or near the address bar on an iPad. This will open up an additional menu. Tap the "Add to Home Screen" button.

Save icon to home screen

Check out Your Icon

It's time to check it out! Your icon is now saved to your home screen. Just tap it to quickly start your text message!

Save icon to home screen

And that's it. You have now added a text message icon (shortcut) to your iPhone or iPad's home screen. Nice work!