How to Reject iPhone Autocorrect Suggestions

Reject autocorrect words or disable autocorrect on the iPhone.
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To reject an autocorrect keyboard suggestion on the iPhone, simply tap the bubble that contains the suggested word. The word disappears from the text area. The Reject Keyboard Suggestion feature works the same way in iOS 7 as in iOS 6. If you have problems using autocorrect, you can disable the automatic features in the Keyboard Settings menu. You can also install international keyboards to add a feature that enables you to directly edit the user dictionary. Edit the dictionary to permanently remove misspelled or unneeded words. Finally, you can delete all keyboard suggestions from the user dictionary by resetting the dictionary.

1 Disable Auto-Correct Features

2 Tap the Settings icon

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen, then tap the “General” tab.

3 Tap the Keyboard ” option

Tap the “Keyboard” option. The Keyboard Settings screen lists five auto-correct settings.

4 To disable auto-correct

Slide “Auto-Correction” to “Off” to disable auto-correct, then slide the “Check Spelling” option to “Off” to disable automatic spell check. You can also disable Auto-Capitalization, Enable Caps Lock and the “.” Shortcut from this screen.

5 International Keyboard

6 Tap the Settings icon-2

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen, then tap “General” in the Settings menu.

7 Tap the Keyboard ” tab

Tap the “Keyboard” tab, then “International Keyboards.” A list of available international keyboards opens.

8 Tap a keyboard

Tap a keyboard to add to the device. Note that you most likely will not use this keyboard. However, adding the feature also adds the Edit option for your user dictionary.

9 Tap the Keyboard arrow

Tap the “Keyboard” arrow to return to the Keyboard Settings screen. Note the new Edit User Dictionary option at the bottom of the screen.

10 Tap the Edit User Dictionary option

Tap the “Edit User Dictionary” option. A list of words saved in your user dictionary displays.

11 Tap the word to edit

Tap the word to edit, then correct the word. You can also remove the word by deleting it from the dictionary.

  • Information in this article applies to the iPhone running iOS 7. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of the operating system.
  • To reset the Keyboard dictionary, tap the “Settings” icon, then the “General” tab. Tap the “Reset” option, then “Reset Keyboard.” All keyboard suggestions are deleted from the user dictionary.

Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.