Autocorrect on android and iphone devices is pretty amazing because the feature automatically corrects our errors when typing. There are times when the autocorrect feature can be very problematic. For instance, if your autocorrect feature hasn’t been updated simply because you are still using an old device (its dictionary is not up-to-date) or while typing, you are used to using a lot of slangs or abbreviations and autocorrect keeps getting in your way and you wish there was a way to turn the feature off. Hopefully, there is a solution and for today’s guide, I’ll be teaching you how to turn off autocorrect on Android and iPhone.
Autocorrect is a form of artificial intelligence (AI) and its function is to correct spelling and grammar errors. Asides from correcting your grammatical errors, autocorrect can also convert certain typed characters or words into a graphic emoji. Read Also: How to Auto-Answer and Auto-Reply to Phone Calls on Your iPhone.
Autocorrect can also replace abbreviations with its standard form. For example, “brb” can be replaced with “be right back” saving you the time that’ll be required to type its longer counterpart making your typing faster and this can come in handy especially when you are having a conversation you are really enjoying. If you are not fluent in the English Language, using autocorrect over time can greatly improve your spelling and grammar.
So far so good we have seen what you stand to gain using the autocorrect features and as earlier stated, there times when these features intended to help can cause you a lot of problems. This can be seen with all the hilarious memes trending online about misplaced words in sentences and most of the time, it’s as a result of using autocorrect. So if you have been having such problems or similar problems and you just want to turn off the feature, keep reading as I’ll be guiding you through how to turn off autocorrect on Android and iPhone. Read Also: How to Auto-Answer and Auto-Reply to Phone Calls on Your iPhone.
How to Turn Off Autocorrect on Android
Do you own an Android device and you want to turn off the “Autocorrect” feature on your device? Then follow the steps outlined below to learn how to turn off Autocorrect on Android.
- Open the Settings app on your device.
- Scroll down till you find “Language and input” and tap on it. Depending on your device, sometimes it can be hidden under a menu called “System” or “General Management“.
- Tap on Virtual Keyboard.
- The default keyboard for most phones is the Gboard, so tap on Gboard. Peradventure you are not using the Gboard and you have other keyboards installed in your device, kindly tap on the keyboard you are currently using.
- Tap on Text Correction.
- Scroll down to find Corrections and Tap on Autocorrect to turn off the feature.
Once the steps outlined are properly carried out you should have successfully learned how to turn off Autocorrect on Android. Also, note that turning off this feature on your device also turns off predictive text automatically but if it doesn’t on your device then toggle “Next-word suggestions” or “Predictive text” depending on your device to turn it off. Autocorrect should not be confused with predictive text input, this is because predictive text input’s function is to suggest words you usually type with regards to grammar and spelling.
How to Add new Words to Your Android Dictionary
If the advantages of using the Autocorrect feature greatly outweigh the disadvantages, and even after learning how to turn it off, you are still skeptical about your decision, then the best step for you would be to improve your dictionary by adding new words to it. To perform this, follow the steps outlined below:
- Open Settings on your device.
- Scroll down to Languages and input and tap on it.
- Tap on Virtual Keyboard.
- Tap on Gboard (or any of your preferred keyboards).
- Tap on Dictionary.
- Tap on Personal Dictionary.
- Tap on the language and in this case, that’ll be English (United States) or English (United Kingdom).
- Finally, use the plus (+) button to add new words.
Doing this will greatly improve your Autocorrect features, and this will in turn will prevent more errors in the future.
How to Turn Off Autocorrect on iPhone
Do you own an iPhone device and you want to turn off the “Autocorrect” feature on your device? Then follow the steps outlined below to learn how to turn off Autocorrect on iPhone.
- Open the Settings (the gear-shaped icon) app on your device.
- Scroll down till you find General and tap on it.
- Tap on Keyboard.
- Scroll and find the option Auto-Correction and deactivate by sliding the toggle.
If you followed the above steps correctly you should be able to deactivate or disable the autocorrect feature on your iPhone device.auto2