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How And Why To Turn Off Word Prediction On Your Phone

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Autocorrect has made our lives so much easier — never again will we suffer the humiliation of sending a typo to a friend or making a grammatical error in an email to a colleague.

Except, that’s not true. If anything, autocorrect has made texts and emails sent from mobile devices even more embarrassing.

A cursory search through Google will reveal a spectacular array of autocorrect fails and cringe-worthy messages, all caused by our supposed life-saver.

Frustratingly, sometimes autocorrect can appear like an untameable beast. It stubbornly corrects words that it clearly shouldn’t, wreaks havoc on capitalization, and frequently refuses to let you type what you want.

So, what can you do? We investigate.




Turn Off Autocorrect

The simplest and most effective way of beating your autocorrect is to just switch it off. It might be heavy handed approach, but it’s sure to stop you accidentally telling partner that you’re splitting up with them.

The method is more or less the same on all versions of Android, but might vary slightly depending the exact device you have.

The method detailed below works for Google’s stock keyboard on a Nexus 5, but you can easily adapt it to your own needs.

You have two ways to access the relevant menu.

Either head to Settings > Language & input > Google Keyboard, or long-press the comma (,) button when using your keyboard, choose the gear icon that pops up, then select “Google Keyboard Settings”.

Once you’ve arrived at the correct menu you need to tap “Text correction”.

You’ll then be presented with a long list of options — all of which are useful for someone who wants to tweak their autocorrect.

Let’s take a closer look.

The Options

Before you disable autocorrect completely, it’s important to understand that the Google default keyboard comes with differing levels of severity.

If you’re having real difficulty with the feature, it’s possible you have it set to “Very aggressive” or “Aggressive”. Modest should be adequate for most people.

To check which severity level you are using, and to disable the function all together, you need to choose “Auto-correction” from the list.

You’ll then see the three levels of correction along with a way to turn it off completely.

If you are set to moderate and you’re still having issues, it’s worth exploring a couple of the other settings in the menu before taking the nuclear option.

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