How to fix au­to­cor­rect in IOS

What to do when you get in­ap­pro­pri­ate sugges­tions from the IOS au­to­cor­rect fea­ture.

Macworld (USA) - - iOS Central - BY GLENN FLEISHMANN

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 ( go. mac­world.com/inml) 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 hu­mor around you, you prob­a­bly know who did it, too. A Mac­world 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 the fol­low­ing “i see dem jeanzzz,” and when I type in the word “hi,” I get “You a big green stankie bug­ger.” How do i stop 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. While I don’t want to im­pugn young peo­ple, a young friend ad­mit­ted this when I men­tioned prank au­to­cor­rect sub­sti­tu­tions:

Once, I made “Hello” au­to­cor­rect to “Sa­lu­ta­tions” on my mom’s phone.

You can check one 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, with some­thing seem­ing off-base and dis­turb­ing, 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-over 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-over helps re­train au­to­cor­rect, and you may only need to type the word a few times and pick your pre­ferred re­place­ment (which might be 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 ( just go to Set­tings → Gen­eral → Re­set and choose Re­set Key­board Dic­tionary), or dis­able au­to­cor­rect (go to Set­tings → Gen­eral → Key­boards and tog­gle the Au­toCor­rec­tion op­tion off). ■

Au­to­cor­rect is usu­ally helpful, sug­gest­ing a sen­si­ble re­place­ment.

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