How to Disable Suggested Replies and AI in Outlook

Disable Suggested Replies and AI in Outlook

“Yes, I have.” “Thank you!” “I don’t know.” The suggestions for replies in Outlook are as helpful as a fork to spoon soup, and they save no time because you have to re-write everything anyway? You’d rather not have your writing be sent anywhere intentionally than to the intended recipient? Find out here how to disable suggested replies and other AI writing assistance in Outlook for Windows and Outlook on the Web.

First, a Portuguese Poet Swims in the Mekong Delta

In the 1560s, a poet originally hailing from Portugal (and on his long journey back there), struggled ashore flailing with but one arm in the picturesque and sprawling Mekong delta. On his way from Macau to Goa, he had just escaped a shipwreck.

He made it to the shore safely—and not alone. For the arm we did not see thrashing water was heroically held above water, holding the manuscript to what would become Portugal’s national poem.

So, at least, the story of Luís de Camões rescuing his Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads) goes.

Now, want to save your writing from the murky seas of AI interference?

How to Disable Suggested Replies and AI Writing Assistance in Outlook

Outlook for Windows

Time needed: 3 minutes

To turn off suggestions from AI in Outlook for Windows:

  1. Select File in Outlook.

  2. Select Options.

  3. Go to the Mail category.

  4. Disable Show suggested replies under Replies and forwards.

    Turning off “Suggested Replies” in Outlook for Windows options

  5. Disable Show text predictions while typing under Compose messages.

  6. Click OK.

To disable spelling and grammar checks using Microsoft Editor:

  1. Select File | Options in Outlook.
  2. Go to the Trust Center category.
  3. Click Trust Center Settings….
  4. Select privacy Options.
  5. Now click Privacy Settings….
  6. Disable Turn on experiences that analyze your content.
    Disable server-side text analysis in Outlook for Windows
  7. Click OK a total of three times to close all dialogs.

Disable AI Suggestions in Outlook on the Web

To disable suggested replies and AI text suggestions in Outlook on the Web:

  1. Click the Settings gear icon.
  2. Go to the Mail category.
  3. Select Smart suggestions.
  4. Turn off Show suggested replies to disable reply suggestions.
  5. Disable Suggest words or phrases as I type to stop Outlook on the Web from completing your sentences.

Outlook for iPhone and Android

To turn off suggested replies and text auto-completions in Outlook for iOS and Outlook for Android:

  1. Tap your avatar in he top left column.
  2. Now tap the settings gear icon.
  3. Go to the account for which you want to disable reply suggestions or predicted text.
  4. Disable Suggested Replies under Account Settings.
    Disable Text Predictions, also under Account Settings.
    Disable Suggested Replies and Text Predictions in Outlook for iOS

To disable server-side text analysis:

  1. Open Outlook mobile settings (see above).
  2. Select Privacy Settings.
  3. Disable Analyze Content.

(How to disable suggested replies and AI writing assistance in Outlook tested with Outlook for Windows for Microsoft 365 Versions 2305–2401, Outlook on the Web and Outlook for iOS 4.232; first published June 2023, last updated January 2024)

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