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Autocorrect is the affliction for most of the iPad and iPhone users. If you haven’t paid attention, there may be a difference between the message you send and the one you had intended. There are ways to avoid autocorrect grief like if iOS let users add words to the keyboard dictionary. To do the right things, you have to train, and sometimes apply tricks for the Autocorrect feature. To deal with autocorrect’s pesky errors, here are some tips which may work for you:

iOS Auto Correct

Disable Autocorrect

Turn off the autocorrect feature if you want to just sidestep the entire problem altogether. As it has its own advantages, this may not be an ideal option for all. Turning off the autocorrect is the option for those who are not too worried about typos.

It’s a very simple process to turn it off/ on.  For that you need to make quick adjustments to your settings. Follow the following steps if you want to turn on and off autocorrect.

Tap Settings>>General>>Keyboard, then toggle Auto-Correction to Off/On.

Train it As You Go  

Autocorrect makes a smart move and jump to correct spelling when you misspell a word in iOS. It can also complete the word and it recognizes it before you type the complete spelling. If you find that it has figured out the right word, just hit the spacebar to accept the autocorrect suggestion.  It may save a lot of your typing and time.

But sometimes it can be a bit problematic as an example, you’re about to type “throw” and as soon as you type “thr”, autocorrect makes it “the” and suggest “the” every time you type “thr”.

If it happens, override the suggestion by tapping the X in the autocorrect bubble. It will slow you down a little at first, but if you’ll do so, iOS will learn your preferences quickly and stop suggesting the same again.

There is another way to train autocorrect. By typing a word several times in an app like Notes, you can train it because it’ll make it possible to raise the word eventually at the top of autocorrect’s suggestions.

Reset Keyboard Dictionary

Autocorrect may be a pain for you sometimes, but it does have its uses if it’s working correctly. Often people leave this feature on because it helps to save going back time and fix typos.

If you understand the basics how it works, it’s pretty easy. It works in the same way as the spellchecker works in Microsoft Word. As you type, autocorrect checks words against the dictionary and unlikely it also saves incorrect words to your dictionary.

Because of this reason, one of the best places to start is to “reboot” the keyboard’s dictionary. To do so, go to Settings>>General>>Reset, then Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

This action will make a clean slate and now you can train your autocorrect to respond with your preferences.

Turn Off the Feature Predictive Text  

Newer versions of iOS have a predictive text feature which works hand-in-hand with autocorrect so that you can type messages faster, and with better accuracy. As you type, probable words pop up above what you’re about to write. And those words help to suggest the next word that’s on your mind. It works in a simple manner, the more you type, the better predictive text you get on your phone. It doesn’t create problems unless you make mistakes and the system picks up wrong preferences.

It means you have some issues with predictive text if you made mistakes with autocorrect. However, there is some nice thing about predictive text. You can easily toggle and turn it on or off while typing.

Make it a Habit to Trick Autocorrect

If autocorrect just can’t guess a few words you type a lot, you may create a fake Contact using those words. Because autocorrect is programmed in such a way that it does not to interfere with names in the First, Last and Company fields. So it is an easy way to keep autocorrect from changing a few key words you commonly use. But over the times, it tends to muddle up the contact list. To keep the things and the contact list in an orderly manner, there is another option.

For phrases and words often used by you, create a new shortcut in your settings. And to do this, go to Settings>>General>>Keyboard>>Add New Shortcut.

Add the word to the Phrase field and leave the Shortcut field blank, then click on the option Save. If you haven’t reset the keyboard, autocorrect will cease trying to correct the spelling of the word.

Now, as you know how to create shortcuts start using them, add shortcuts to phrases, create a shortcut for your email address and save a lot of your time.

Madison is an expert tech writer and work for Computer Repair Service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with data recovery, virus removal and other software application issues. In this article she discusse about how to take control on iOS Autocorrect option. Keep reading their articles for new tips and tricks.


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