Turing Off iPhone’s Auto Correct

by | Jul 1, 2011 | Fun Stuff, Practical Tips, Short Posts

If you’re an iPhone user you’re very familiar with the “feature” known as Auto Correct.  Essentially its a feature that tries to determine what you’re saying and attempts to replace your words for you as you type.  As an example, if I typed “a-c-r”, Auto Correct may assume that I’m typing “Acroment” and it will fill it in for me.

Note in that last sentence that I said that Auto Correct “may” assume I’m typing Acroment.  In MANY cases, the feature doesn’t quite hit the mark and give you an incorrect word.  As in this screen shot, iPhone has incorrectly assumed that I was going for “acromegaly”.  I didn’t know the word so I had to look it up (courtesy Wikipedia):

Acromegaly is a syndrome that results when the anterior pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (GH) after epiphyseal plate closure at puberty. A number of disorders may increase the pituitary’s GH output, although most commonly it involves a GH producing tumor called pituitary adenoma, derived from a distinct type of cell (somatotrophs).

Not sure why it assumed I was texting about a pituitary disorder but it did.  If you’re interested in some other (oftentimes hilarious) mistakes check out http://damnyouautocorrect.com/


The short answer is “yes”.  Here’s what to do:

  1. Click your SETTINGS icon
  2. In the Settings tab scroll to the GENERAL tab and tap
  3. Within General scroll to KEYBOARD and tap
  4. In here, one of your options will be Auto-Correction.  By default it’s set to ON.  Slide it to OFF.

There you go.  4 easy steps to turn off Auto Correct!

Thanks to Twitter user @OHmommy for inspiring this post!

Do you have any other iPhone questions?  Let us know!