πŸ₯‡ How to fix auto correction problems on iOS or macOS

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Ducking auto correction! Always frustrating our text with incorrect “corrections”. You don’t need to worry, this post will show you how to fix auto-fix issues once and for all – on iOS or macOS.

Auto correction is more of an annoyance than a time saver. The frequent corrections are funny and annoying, but the questionable feature was introduced for a reason.

Believe it or not, the automatic fix will likely fix more errors than it causes.

The miniature size, smooth feel and the absent use of smartphone keyboards leads to countless typing errors. And people’s skills on a computer aren’t necessarily better: we’ve seen all typed emails or documents that would benefit from automatic correction.

Nobody will complain if hprse is corrected to horse However, everyone knows that autocorrection is so seamless. Our usage is complex, evolving and ultimately unpredictable. Combine this with the grouping of similar letters on the QWERTY keyboard – e.g. B. U, I and O – and you can easily see how the automatic correction fails.

Take the following sentence:

“I’m behind one hrse, “

Could you say for sure if the writer meant it horse or hearse? Auto correction has to make this decision, but we usually only notice when it’s wrong.

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Auto correction on iOS

If you’re already at the end of your joke, you can simply turn off auto-correction. However, it may be better to teach autocorrecting the words you use.

Prediction and auto correction on iOS

While you are typing a selection of predicted words on an iOS device, they appear in gray boxes above the keyboard. These words change depending on what you type. You can tap any of the options at any time to fill in the word. If you do this over time, you will automatically learn which words you want to use.

This prediction function usually offers three choices. In the middle you see what you think iOS would like to enter and on the left side what you actually entered in quotation marks. The right is usually a second guess as to what you want.

By tapping the spacebar, iOS can replace what you type with what’s in the middle box. This is sometimes the case when you have reached the end of a word that iOS does not recognize. As a result, your correct entry will be replaced by an incorrect correction.

Teach iOS New Words

As you type, watch what iOS predicted before tapping the spacebar. If the central prediction is wrong, go back and spell your word correctly or tap the left prediction instead – what you actually entered.

This is how auto correction learns new words.

If you override iOS predictions in this way, the automatic correction detects how this new word is used grammatically and can better predict when you want to use it.

The problem is that this can take a long time. And if you forget to overwrite the predictions, AutoCorrect will assume that you are less likely to use this new word. In the image below, you can see that I had to overwrite the predictions for a fictional word over 20 times before iOS started proposing it.

Text substitution gaps

An alternative to this time-consuming and tedious method is to use text replacement to create a gap.

With text replacement, you can enter shortcuts that let you quickly enter long phrases that you use frequently. Apple’s default entry is “omw” and “On my way!”.

Creating text replacements for words that auto correct is always wrong, so you no longer have to worry about making the right prediction. iOS automatically replaces what you entered with text replacement – even if the two things are the same!

To add text replacements:

  1. Go to Settings> General> Keyboard> Text Replacement
  2. Tap the “+” to add a new text replacement
  3. Enter the correctly spelled word in the Phrase field

Remove words from the iOS dictionary

If you misspell a word often enough, iOS might mistakenly assume that it is a new word that you want to use. In this case you will find that the automatic correction replaces perfectly typed words with typing errors.

The best cure for this is to keep typing right and tapping the left prediction when auto-correction will replace your word with something wrong. However, if this takes too long, you can reset the entire keyboard dictionary.

The keyboard dictionary stores new words that iOS has learned. Here iOS also remembers which words you use more often than others. When you reset the dictionary, your device must start from scratch to learn how to type.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to remove individual words from the iOS keyboard dictionary.

To reset the keyboard dictionary on iOS:

  1. Go to Settings> General> Reset
  2. Tap Reset keyboard dictionary
  3. Enter your passcode by tapping Reset dictionary

Three screenshots from an iPhone that navigate to the Reset Keyboard Dictionary option

Third party keyboards

If you’re having a lot of trouble Auto Fix You can download and install a third-party keyboard that you can use on your iOS device. Many of the best third-party keyboards have improved auto-correction features.

Some of the most popular third-party keyboards are:

  • Gboard: With this keyboard developed by Google, you can perform a Google search from any app. Not only that, it has clever suggestions for words and emojis.
  • SwiftKey: Outstanding text recognition combined with the ability to slide over the letters you want make this keyboard a valuable keyboard for many iOS users. You can also assign it to your Microsoft and Google account so that it can analyze how you write to get better predictions.
  • Fleksy: A far less invasive version of SwiftKey that contains gliding motions but doesn’t have as good prediction capabilities.
  • Grammar: This keyboard of the excellent editing software will surely detect more grammatical and spelling errors than most others. But it won’t be very happy if you start using colloquial or random sentence structures.

Disable auto-correction on iOS

If all of this sounds like a lot of hassle, with little profit you can completely disable auto-correction. This could result in you having more typing errors than ever before, but at least you are personally responsible for each of these mistakes.

I did this recently and with a little focus it didn’t take me long to improve my writing skills. As a result, I never have to think about auto-correction and can spell words as I want.

If things are not going well for you, you can easily reactivate the function at a later time.

How to disable auto-correction on iOS:

  1. Go to Settings> General> Keyboard
  2. Disable automatic correction under All keyboards

Two screenshots of an iPhone that navigate to the keyboard settings

Auto correction on macOS

iOS is not the only place that Apple has implemented an auto-correction feature. You will also benefit or suffer from the effects of auto-correction on your computer. Fortunately, macOS makes it much easier to add or remove individual words from the automatically corrected dictionary.

Screenshot of an auto correction prediction bubble on macOS

Prediction and auto correction on macOS

As you type native macOS apps (email, messages, notes, etc.), suggestions for correcting your typing errors appear in bubbles above the word.

To accept the correction, just continue typing as usual and pressing the spacebar will replace the prediction what you wrote. However, if you want to reject the predicted word, either click the “X” button in the balloon or press Esc on the keyboard.

Add or remove words in the macOS dictionary

Just like with iOS, if you accept or reject predicted words your computer will learn what you are likely to type at a specific time. However, this process takes a long time and there is a much faster way in macOS.

Unlike iOS, macOS lets you instantly add or remove any word to the macOS dictionary. And that is incredibly easy!

To add or remove words from the macOS dictionary:

  1. Enter the word into a native MacOS app and don’t accept corrections
  2. Control-click the word and choose Learn Spelling or Unlearn Spelling

Screenshot of control click options for a new word in macOS

Disable autocorrect in macOS

Again, not everyone wants them to be manipulated by MacOS Autocorrect at all. Instead of taking the time to learn and unlearn all the necessary words, you can turn off auto-correction.

You may find that your input is not as good as you thought it would be, but with a little practice you shouldn’t take too long to get up to date. At least auto correction doesn’t make mistakes where there weren’t any before!

How to disable auto-correction in macOS:

  1. Open System Preferences> Keyboard> Text
  2. Clear the “Automatically correct spelling” check box.

Screenshot from the macOS system settings, in which the option to deactivate the automatic correction is marked

That is all about it. Let us know your own auto correction problems on iOS or macOS and let us know that this post has helped you solve it!

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