I’m fed up. Every time I try to send a text message on my iPhone it “fixes” my spelling and changes words from my own shorthand to whatever it prefers. So I spend at least as much time correcting its corrections as I do actually entering my message. Is there some way to turn off the iPhone’s autocorrect system?
First off, I can only hope that you are aware of the hilarious Web site Damn You Autocorrect? If not, go and check it out now as there are some spectacular erroneous communications because iOS autocorrect has changed innocuous words into rather more racy or inappropriate words.
Still, I know what you’re talking about. My daughter has a non-standard spelling for her name and even though I’ve corrected the iPhone hundreds of times, it still autocorrects my (correct) spelling to its incorrect spelling for her name. Kinda crazy, really. And yet, there is some sort of learning that’s going on as I use common abbreviations like “sched” for schedule and, finally, my iPhone doesn’t try to correct it when I tap it in.
Okay. Let me show you how to disable that darn autocorrect feature!
Tap on “Settings”. You’ll see this:
Choose “General” and…
Here’s the trick: you need to scroll down to the bottom of the General settings. When you do you’ll see an entry for “Keyboard”. That’s the one:
Tap on it and you’ll see the various Keyboard options…
As you can see, there are a number of different features you can turn off, including auto-capitalization, auto-correction (the one you’ve asked about), spelling, caps lock, etc. Slide the control to show “OFF” and you’re done.
Now you’ll have to spell everything correctly!