How to Turn Off Auto-correct
Though the autocorrect feature can often be helpful with correcting misspelled words, sometimes the feature can be problematic when a user’s vocabulary, and word-choice, exceeds the dictionary built into any particular operating system. In such cases, it is often advantageous to disable autocorrect on your devices by adjusting the system settings.
Turning Off Autocorrect in iOS
Tap on the “Settings” icon.
Tap on “General.”
Tap on “Keyboard.”
Navigate to “Auto-Correction” and switch the slider button to the “Off” position. Autocorrect will now be disabled on your iOS device.
Turning Off Autocorrect in Android
Tap on “Menu” and select “Settings.”
Scroll to and select “Language and Keyboard.”
Tap on “Android Keyboard.”
Navigate to and tap on “Auto-complete” to remove the checkmark. Autocorrect will now be disabled on your Android device.
Turning Off Autocorrect on Blackberry
Select the “Messages” icon from the Home screen of your Blackberry device.
Press the “Menu” button and select “Options.”
On some Blackberry devices, you may be required to select “Text Messaging” or “SMS Text” prior to selecting “Options.”
Scroll to and select “Disable AutoText” to remove the checkmark next to this feature.
On some Blackberries, this option may read as “Disable Word Substitution.”
Press the “Menu” button and select “Save.” The autocorrect feature will now be disabled on your Blackberry.
Turning Off Autocorrect on Windows Phones
Select “Settings” from the Home screen of your Windows Phone.
Tap on “Keyboard.”
Tap on the language for which you want the autocorrect feature disabled.
Remove the checkmark next to “Correct misspelled words.” Autocorrect will now be turned off on your Windows Phone.
Turning Off Autocorrect in Windows 8
Navigate to the Charms Bar and select “Settings.”
Click on “Change PC Settings.”
Click on “General” and navigate to the section labeled “Spelling.”
Remove the checkmark next to “Autocorrect Misspelled Words.” The autocorrect feature will now be turned off for all applications in Windows 8, including Microsoft Office.
Turning Off Autocorrect in Mac OS X
Click on the Apple menu and select “System Preferences.”
Click on “Language and Text.”
Click on “Keyboard” instead if you are using Mac OS X Mavericks.
Click on the tab labeled “Text” near the top of the System Preferences window.
Remove the checkmark next to “Correct spelling automatically.”
Close the System Preferences window. The autocorrect feature will now be disabled on your Mac computer.
Disable the autocorrect feature if you frequently use slang and abbreviations when typing content. In most cases, the built-in dictionary on your device will fail to recognize slang and abbreviations and convert them to other non-relevant words.