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iOS 8 Autocorrect Dictionary Problems, And How To Reset / Fix It Quickly

Last updated: February 22, 2015 at 23:05 pm

I have to admit: I love the iPhones, iPads, iOS 8 updates, and Apple’s effort to constantly improve the iOS ecosystem, but along with these good things comes a set of problems that frustrates me to no end almost everyday.

I am talking about the autocorrect feature that changes the written word into something else. (As I write this post, I am told the word “autocorrect” is spelled wrong. It should probably be “auto-correct” but who cares?)

Many iOS users are like me. Just try to remember that feeling when you type a complete word and press the space bar! Guess what happens? Your newly typed word is replaced with another word (which is often incorrect). Talk about technology making life easier!

Truth About iOS Autocorrect Dictionary: It’s Bad, And It Sucks!

At some point of our life, we have rushed through a message – we typed it quickly because we were in a hurry, or never paid much attention only to realize later that the sent message has a typo in it.

ios-autocorrect-failSay, you have a new iPhone 6, and it will automatically correct your words with this built-in autocorrect feature. For example, it will change the word WhatsApp to Whatsup.

Or disney to divorce.

And if you are one of those teenager responding to a message with the letter “K” (meaning OK), then expect your iPhone or iPad to change “K” into the letter “I.”

Oh, Apple, how brutal!

(If you are that teenager, you deserve it though as one must never ever reply with just the letter “K”)

What’s worse? In case you have accidentally typed a word with caps lock ON, next time you will automatically get a suggestion with the same word (with all letters capital).

I can write another 3 paragraphs explaining why iOS’s autocorrect feature sucks, but I will keep it short: it’s bad. It can be unusable at times, and if you exchange text way too often, you will see that it lags severally, making your typing slower than ever.

But here’s the good news: we can fix the common autocorrect problems in iOS 8. And here’s the right way to do it…

How to Fix Your iOS’s Autocorrecting Issues

Solution 1: Stop iPhone / iPad From Automatically Correcting Spelling…

… by disabling the autocorrect feature. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboards
  2. Turn OFF Auto-Correction by toggling the switch

Solution 2: Create Your Own Shortcut Words

This is for you if you still want to use autocorrect feature, but you want to have a control over it.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard
  2. Scroll down to Shortcuts and tap Add New Shortcut
  3. Add your own shortcuts

In here, you can add your own shortcuts and create a keyword. For example, to make typing easier, I use “mmail” which when used while texting gets converted into my email address automatically.

Solution 3: Reset Your Autocorrect Dictionary

If you are fed up with autocorrect’s history of showing wrong words again and again, you can start afresh by simply resetting the entire dictionary.

When you do this, iOS’s autocorrect will start learning your typing behavior from scratch (and all those wrongly typed words will disappear). To reset the complete autocorrecting dictionary:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Reset
  2. Tap on Reset Keyboard Dictionary
Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Rhapsody

    Thank you for this, oh my god it’s been so frustrating. I tend to write whole sentences in caps to my friends to show excitement and it’s caused the autocorrect to make tons of words capitalized automatically.