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Take back control! Here’s how to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad

So you want to know how to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad? We can certainly understand why — when the iPhone was released back in 2007, there was a lot of buzz about how phones were moving away from plastic hardware keyboards towards on-screen keyboards that completely rely on touch screens. People who were used to typing into their Blackberries all day found it challenging to adjust. Apple built autocorrect into their keyboard to help users type with confidence and minimize typing mistakes. That sounds great in theory, but it doesn’t always work properly.

Autocorrect sometimes inserts a word that you didn’t mean to write or makes “corrections” you didn’t want to make. People who type in certain languages other than English find autocorrect very annoying. As a matter of fact, depending on the language, having autocorrect enabled can make it impossible to type a sentence correctly in that particular language. Let’s take a look at how to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone.

Steps to disable autocorrect

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.

Step 2: Make sure the Auto-Correction toggle is set to the off position.

Another issue you might encounter is that your keyboard may stop correcting a particular word and let you type it incorrectly. It may be that the keyboard has saved incorrect words in the dictionary and is looking at them as correctly spelled. Don’t worry, because you can also erase the keyboard dictionary and let it start learning again if this gets too annoying.

Steps to reset the keyboard dictionary

Step 1:  Go to Settings > General > Reset.

Step 2: Tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

Step 3: If you have a password set, it will ask you to enter it at this time.

Did you know that you can also train your keyboard to type certain phrases or symbols? Check out our guide on how to create keyboard shortcuts for your iPhone or iPad.

After a while, you may find that other keyboards such as the Gboard from Google or the Swiftkey keyboard work better for you. These keyboards also feature autocorrect and different typing methods such as Swype, where you can just drag your finger from letter to letter. You may find your typing experience improves as you try third-party keyboards. If you want to try other keyboards, check out our list of the 17 hottest keyboards for iPhone and iPad.

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