How to Turn Off Autocorrect on iPhone

Turn Off Autocorrect on iPhone

by | Feb 17, 2024 | iPhone and iPad

Had enough of iOS auto-correct? Find out here how to turn off autocorrect on iPhone for good—and how to easily undo auto-correction gone awry.

First, a Microsoft Employee Hacks into His Boss’s Computer

A Microsoft employee hacks into the computer of his boss, makes an innocuous change and leaves.

When the boss returns, he finds every time he types the employee’s name, what appears on screen is a colleague’s name—and vice versa.

This was possible in the early 1990s because Dean Hachamovitch (the hacker) had just invented autocorrect.

Automatic corrections are just as useful now, of course. Hack into your iPhone’s settings, though, and you will find every time you type a name—it actually appears on screen as you type it.

How to Turn Off Autocorrect on iPhone and iPad

Time needed: 3 minutes

To disable all autocorrect features for typing on an iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Select General.

    Select "General"

  3. Now open the Keyboard category.

    Open the "Keyboard" category

  4. Turn off Auto-Correction.

    Correct, Correction: In iOS 10 and versions prior to that, the setting is called Auto-Correct.Turn off "Auto-Correction"

  5. Optionally, also disable Auto-Capitalization.

    Here’s why: Disabling auto-capitalization prevents your iPhone from automatically capitalizing the beginnings of sentences—or following abbreviations, for example.

All changes take effect immediately. You do not have to save them to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone.

What the iOS Keyboard Settings Mean on iPhone

While we’re at it, here are the other iPhone keyboard settings on that screen:

  • Check Spelling
    Underline potentially misspelled words with a red dash; tapping such words brings up possible corrections.
  • Delete Slide-to-Type by Word
    Deletes the entire word when you backspace over text entered using slide to type (if you backspace immediately after typing and for the most recently entered word).
  • Enable Caps Lock
    Double-tap the caps key () to enable caps lock and make all future characters uppercase without having to tap caps every time; tap caps lock () to disable caps lock.
  • Predictive
    Shows the predictive text bar above the keyboard with suggested words, completions, and auto-corrections; you can disable this from the keyboard’s language selector.
  • Slide to Type
    Lets you type words by sliding from letter to letter and (very) briefly resting on each (instead of tapping letters).
  • Smart Punctuation
    Smart punctuation on iPhone and iPad replaces simple punctuation marks (such as straight quotation marks) with their typographic equivalents.
  • Character Preview
    Show the tapped character bigger right on the keyboard.
  • “.” Shortcut
    Tapping the space bar twice inserts a period plus one whitespace character.

How to Undo an Auto-Correction on iPhone and iPad

To undo a correction auto-correct has done to your text:

  1. Double-tap the auto-corrected word.
    Wait a little: You can do this even after you have typed more after the word.
    Skip the backspace: You do not need to backspace over all later text.
    Word splitting? If auto-correction split one word into two, you are out of luck; the best you can do is re-type the word as you wish to enter it.
  2. Select Replace… from the context menu that has popped up.
  3. Now choose what you originally typed (or another replacement, of course).
    Revert auto-correction: Your original text should be the first choice from the left.

How to Change Autocorrect in iOS 10 and Earlier

To replace an autocorrection with what you originally had typed:

  1. Backspace to the end of the word that was corrected.
    Here’s how: Press repeatedly.
    Must back up: You will have to undo all you typed after the correction by backspacing over it; the following, alas, all will not work:
    – putting the input cursor at the end of the word whose auto-correction you want to undo,
    – putting the cursor one backspace away from the word’s end and backspacing just that whitespace character and
    – double-tapping or otherwise highlighting the word and using the Replace menu.
  2. Select what you originally typed from the menu that has popped up.
    What you typed: Your original entry might appear along with other possible corrections (for better or worse).
    Look here: What you typed should be first in the list.

How to Turn Off Auto-Correction on iPhone and iPad: FAQ

Can I turn off autocorrect only for a particular language or keyboard?


All text input settings (including autocorrect, predictive text, slide-to-type…) apply to all iPhone keyboards and languages.

Can I exclude a word from autocorrect?


With a text replacement, you can stop iPhone auto-correction from meddling with a word.

(How to turn off auto-correction on iPhone tested with iOS 10–17; updated February 2024)

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