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How to Disable Auto-Correct on iPhone Completely

Autocorrect can be either a really useful, or a really annoying feature. If you’re tired of autocorrect changing “curcuma” to “cucumber” or other (more embarrassing) mixups, you might want to consider switching it off entirely. Your iPhone, or iOS to be more precise, offers granular control over what happens with text input. This guide explains how to turn off autocorrect on iPhone or iPad.

Auto-Correction and Auto-Capitalization are of course two separate features, the former deals with spelling while the latter ensures that the beginning of each sentence is started with a capital letter. You can also customize whether iOS should present you with QuickType suggestions.

How to turn off autocorrect on iPhone

Settings → General → Keyboard → disable Auto-Correction

Auto-Correction is toggled on a global level, that is, it applies to all of your international keyboards as well as all apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. As with any system setting, you start by opening up your “Settings” app from your iPhone Home Screen. Then go to “General” and tap on the “Keyboard” section. Finally locate the toggle labeled “Auto-Correction” and tap to disable it. This is all you have to do to switch of autocorrect on iPhone.
To re-enable the autocorrect feature on your iPhone, simply switch the toggle back on.

Note that this guide aims to explain the workflow for the stock iOS keyboard. If you are primarily using a third-party keyboard such as SwiftKey, other instructions may apply. Check your third-party keyboard’s own settings panel or corresponding app to discover ways to customize your user-experience and potentially turn off corrective features.