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5 ways to take control of iOS autocorrect

Oh, autocorrect! Sometimes, you’re so handy. You see the word “brain” and know I meant “Brian.” You instantly switch letters around, turning nonsense into coherent words. You complete me ­– or, more accurately, you complete my sentences.

So why do you have to drive me so crazy? Why do you take the words I intended to type and completely rearrange them? Why must you always turn “Missy” into “Mossy,” or “so” into “do,” or “well” into “we’ll”? Why can’t you just accept the things I type into that tiny keyboard, except when I obviously intended something else?

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Most autocorrect errors are funny, like a digital Mad Libs. But sometimes we send messages without realizing how embarrassing they are.

Here’s the good news: You actually have a lot of power over the autocorrect feature on your iOS Phone.

After all, your phone is trying to learn from you. There are several tactics you can use to prevent misunderstandings in the future, and I guarantee that any of them will work wonders.

1. Turn off autocorrect

Yes, you can just turn it off. Autocorrect may seem like a permanent fixture, but you can actually disable it whenever you like. No more bad guesses. No more awkward miscommunications. You simply type what you mean, letter by letter, and if something is misspelled, so be it.

Turning it off is pretty simple. Just tap Settings >> General >> Keyboard, then toggle Auto-Correction to Off. Follow the same steps to turn autocorrect back on whenever you need it again.

 

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Follow the same steps to turn autocorrect back on whenever you need it.

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