iPhone iOS 4.1: Disable Typing Auto-Correction

   Posted September 8, 2010 by David Kirk in Apple iPhone

You try to text “going to be late, smh” and hit Send. Unfortunately for your relationship, the iPhone corrects “smh” to “Amy.” Oh, boy. When texting, using the iPhone can be annoying as it tries to guess what is being typed. The corrections slow me down more than they help. If you find yourself in this situation, turn off the auto-correction feature. Here is how to do it:

I use a lot of names and abbreviations that the iPhone converts to words that make no sense. With heavy use of texting, I notice this a ton. Turning off the auto-correction can make your life easier.

1. Click Settings
2. Click General
3. Select Keyboard
4. Slide Auto-Correction to OFF

slide auto-correction to OFF


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  • Guest

    I know this is a couple weeks old but I have iOS4.0 and the ability to enable/disable Auto-Correction is there. However comparing the screen shot to my phone it looks like Check Spelling is new to 4.1. In fact according to the iOS version history wikipedia page Auto-Correction was added back in version 2.2

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! It was the first I noticed it… but I don’t disagree that it could have been in there before…

      • SuP!

        or sometimes if u write dont it will change to don’t but there’s a little box around it with an “x” on the top right. If you click on that it should go away and stay as “dont”.
        Hope this helped or will help in the future!!!

  • Would be great if you could turn off auto-correction but keep on check spelling