How to: Fix au­to­cor­rect in iOS

Glenn Fleish­man shows what to do when you get in­ap­pro­pri­ate sug­ges­tions from the iOS au­to­cor­rect fea­ture

iPad&iPhone user - - HOW TO -

You’re tap­ping along on your iPhone or iPad, and sud­denly an or­di­nary let­ter or word gets re­placed by some­thing bizarre. We’re all used to au­to­cor­rect pick­ing up weird ex­pan­sions, which hap­pens partly be­cause Ap­ple has in­tro­duced ma­chine learn­ing into how it pre­dicts what you might in­tend to type.

How­ever, you might also be the vic­tim of a prank, and if you have chil­dren or peo­ple with child-like

hu­mour around you, you prob­a­bly know who did it, too. A reader whose iden­tity I shall wisely keep se­cret in or­der to spare them fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment, wrote in with this ques­tion:

“When I type in the let­ter‘ I’ ,I get ‘i see dem jeanzzz ’, and when I type in the word‘ hi ’, I get‘ You a big green stankie bug­ger ’. How do Is top this from hap­pen­ing ?”

While it’s pos­si­ble iOS’s au­to­cor­rect learned this from re­peated en­tries, it’s more likely that some­one gained ac­cess to your de­vice and set a short­cut.

You can check one main method for this kind of sub­sti­tu­tion through these steps:

1. Open Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­boards > Text Re­place­ments. 2. Re­view the list of items. 3. If you see some­thing that looks ridicu­lous, swipe left on it, and then swipe Delete.

That takes care of ob­vi­ous things. It’s pos­si­ble to re­train au­to­cor­rect to sub­sti­tute words au­to­mat­i­cally, too. Some­times on my iOS de­vice, it will try to re­place an or­di­nary word, like ‘and’, and some­thing dis­turb­ing ap­pears, like ‘Aha­ha­ha­ha­ha­ha­hah’. I must have typed that in once and it de­cided it’s what I meant all the time. This seems kind of sin­is­ter.

Typ­i­cally, when au­to­cor­rect wants to drop a re­place­ment in with­out enough con­fi­dence it’s what you mean, you’ll have a pop-up menu ap­pear with sug­ges­tions that you can tap be­fore you tap space or

re­turn, which ac­cepts the word that’s been dropped in. Tap­ping that pop-up helps re­train au­to­cor­rect, and you may only need to type the word a few times and pick your pre­ferred re­place­ment (which might the ac­tual word typed) be­fore it’s back to nor­mal. You can also dou­ble-tap a word, se­lect Re­place, and the pop-over menu with sug­ges­tions should ap­pear.

If this is all too much, you can re­set the dic­tio­nary, which drops all the words and re­place­ments learned (Set­tings > Gen­eral > Re­set > Re­set Key­board Dic­tio­nary), or dis­able au­to­cor­rect (Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­boards > Auto-Correction to off).

Au­to­cor­rect is usu­ally help­ful, sug­gest­ing a sen­si­ble re­place­ment

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