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How to switch off auto-correct on your iPhone? And workarounds

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Auto-correct can be of great help but at the same time, be an annoyance to quite a few users. The incredible auto-correct feature helps you a lot while typing messages. However, it’s enthusiastic nature can surely be frustrating. It’s possible that the built-in keyboard on your iPhone doesn’t recognise new words and slangs or doesn’t get your native language at all when you’re typing it in the English script.

To avoid this issue, you can work around the auto-correct feature on your smartphone by teaching the tool some of the most common words that you use, get rid of words from the auto-correct or if none of these work out for you, turn off auto-correct for good.

Here are some ways using which you can stop auto-correct from poking its nose in your typing business, followed by a guide to help you switch off auto-correct on your iPhone.

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Teaching new words to your iPhone

You can teach your auto-correct new words in two ways. The first one is to let the system learn it on its own as you start using that word more often. The more you start using the word, the auto-correct suggestion will stop gradually. It may take some time, but you’ll surely get the outcome. There is one more way to teach new words, for that open your iPhone’s Settings and follow the below-mentioned steps.

  • Tap on General.
  • Scroll down further and tap on Keyboard.
  • Select Text replacement and on the next page, tap on the ‘+’ button present on the top-right corner of the screen.
  • If you find that there is a word that the auto-correct usually gets it wrong, then you can add the incorrect word in the first line and the correct word in the second line.

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How to get rid of a few words from auto-correct on your iPhone?

If you misspell a word often then there are chances that iPhone will learn it automatically. There isn’t, and specific way of deleting those individual words but few steps can help you get rid of them. One of the methods is that you keep typing or selecting the correct word so that the system learns it. If this doesn’t help, then you can reset the dictionary. But if you opt for this option, then you must know that it will not only get rid of the words that you want but also all the other words your device might’ve learnt since the beginning.

Open Settings on your iPhone and follow the steps mentioned below to reset the iPhone’s keyboard dictionary.

  • Tap on General
  • Tap on Reset
  • Tap on Reset Dictionary.
  • Enter your password when prompted to complete the action

How to switch off auto-correct on your iPhone?

If you get frustrated using auto-correct, then you can simply turn it off. It is easy to disable the feature. Open your iPhone’s Settings and follow the steps mentioned below to turn off auto-correct permanently on your device.

  • Tap on General.
  • Then tap on Keyboard.
  • To disable auto-correct click on the toggle button beside Auto-Correction, which will turn from green to grey.

If you want to disable any spelling help altogether, then you can switch off Check Spelling and Predictive too.

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Sara Maknojia

Sara Maknojia

Pursuing Bachelor's in Accounts & Finance. To relieve stress I listen to music. Enjoying life to the fullest.