How to turn off the autocorrect feature on your iPhone

How to turn off the autocorrect feature on your iPhone

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Hollis Johnson

Autocorrect on an iPhone can be either a blessing or a curse.

  • An iPhone's autocorrect feature can be useful for predicting and correcting the words you type, regardless of misspellings.
  • But sometimes autocorrect gets it wrong and substitutes the wrong word, causing annoyance or awkwardness for the typist.
  • If you're tired of the feature, you can turn off autocorrect on an iPhone in a few quick steps.
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When you have a message you want to get across as quickly as possible or are distracted while typing, autocorrect can be a great feature to have on your iPhone. The idea that your phone can pick up on what word you mean to use, even if your spelling of it leaves much to be desired, is pretty impressive, and autocorrect is a valuable feature that many people appreciate.
That said, it's not foolproof. There are occasions in which autocorrect gets it very wrong, which is an annoyance at best, and potentially disastrous at worst. Plus, some people just don't like or want the feature turned on.
Thankfully, turning off autocorrect on your iPhone is a quick and easy process. Here's how to do it.

How to turn off autocorrect on an iPhone

1. From your iPhone's home screen, look for the "Settings" icon and tap on it to open a menu of options.


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Open your iPhone's settings, and navigate to "General."


2. Scroll down until you see the option for "General" and tap on it. You will then be taken to the next screen of options featuring settings for the basic workings of your iPhone.


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Open your Keyboard settings.

3. Once on the "General" options screen, scroll down to locate the "Keyboard" selection, which will allow you to adjust your typing preferences.

4. Under the "All Keyboards" header, locate the "Auto-Correction" option. When enabled, the button will be colored green.

5. To disable autocorrect, click on the "Auto-Correction" button so that the button to the option's right is no longer green.


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If the button next to "Auto-Correction" is white, autocorrect has been turned off.


6. Note that it may also be helpful and/or desirable to disable the options for "Auto-Capitalization," "Check Spelling," and "Predictive" as well. This ensures that when typing, your text will appear exactly as you type it rather than corrected for spelling, capitalization, etc.

Disabling autocorrect on your iPhone can be reversed quickly should you later find the feature useful or desirable to use. Simply follow the same process as above and ensure that the button to the right of the relevant option in your keyboard settings screen is green.

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