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How To Make Your iPhone or iPad Stop Autocorrecting Words

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Autocorrect on the iPhone and iPad is great, when it works. The only problem is that sometimes it doesn’t work as well as you’d like, or it works a bit too well. Sometimes you come across a few words like “yo” or “froyo” that get consistently changed to words you didn’t mean to type.

If there are a few words that keep getting changed on you here are a couple of ways to make sure your words don’t get changed.

If the words you want to keep are simple words (we’ll get to people and places later), the answer is in Settings, more specifically in the Shortcuts feature. The process is fairly easy, just follow these simple steps:

  • Open Settings and tap “General
  • Scroll down and tap “Keyboard
  • Scroll down and select “Add New Shortcut…
  • Fill both text fields with the word you want to keep
iPhone Keyboard Shortcuts

This method is how I kept my iPhone from changing the aforementioned “yo” and “froyo,” words that I use often enough to find the autocorrection frustrating. Of course, you can also use shortcuts to create real shortcuts like Apple intends, but it works just as well for adding words to the phone’s dictionary easily.

The other method is mostly useful for names and places that you use often. For that, just add the person or place into your iOS device as a contact. To do that just open Contacts and click the “+” button in the top right corner. You don’t need to fill out everything about the person or place, just the name.

The second method probably isn’t the best idea for your pet. Unless you really want to have your dog in your phone as a contact.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

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