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How turn off Scribble in iPadOS 14?

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The variation that Apple Pencil brings to an iPad workflow is substantial — while not essential for those that use their iPad as a multimedia device — it can replace the traditional pen and paper or become a precision tool that furthers one’s art.

For those of you that are unaware, Scribble for iPad is a feature that allows users to write in any text box available across iPadOS and its applications. It automatically converts handwritten text to typed text, which Apple claims can make replying to messages or searching in Safari faster and easier. But in our opinion, it just makes the process a lot more fun.

Since launch, Scribble has offered support to convert English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and mixed Chinese and English handwritten text to typed text, which allows users to write in English and Chinese at once without having to switch languages on their device’s keyboard.

According to Apple, all handwriting recognition and conversion to text happen on-device, keeping entered data private and secure.

The greater Apple Pencil integration featured in iPadOS 14 via the Scribble feature makes the stylus more useful than before. But if you prefer using your Pencil as a precision tool not meant for data entry, follow the steps below to disable Scribble.

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Disable Scribble on iPad

To turn Scribble off, open Settings and follow the steps listed below:

How turn off Scribble in iPadOS 14? | Candid.Technology
  • Locate Apple Pencil sub-section.
  • Under English, toggle Scribble off.

Also read: 5 things to do if your Apple Pencil isn’t working

Languages with support for Scribble

  • English
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • English-Chinese mixed

List of devices which support Scribble

Any iPad which works with Apple Pencil and is updated to iPadOS 14 features support for Scribble.

  • iPad Air (3rd-gen)
  • iPad Air (4th-gen)
  • iPad (6th-gen)
  • iPad (7th-gen)
  • iPad (8th-gen)
  • iPad mini (5th-gen)
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st-gen)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd-gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd-gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th-gen)

If you’re in the market for an iPad and are confused between iPad Air 2020, which features the latest A14 chip and the 11-inch iPad Pro 2020 with the two-generations old A12Z, take a look at our article comparing the two devices to see which may best fit your needs.

Also read: iPad Air 2020 vs iPad Pro 11-inch 2020: Is the 11-inch model worth considering?

Aryan Surendranath

Aryan Surendranath

Has an interest in technology and video games. When not doing anything related to either of these you will find him with his books, educational or not.