How to Disable Autocorrect on an iPhone/iPod Touch

Autocorrect is a feature found in software to provide an automatic “spell-check” function for the end user. While some people find that the changes that autocorrect makes are essential, others sometimes feel that the punctuation and spelling changes create a Cupertino effect.[1] With a variety of websites that point out the errors in the iOS autocorrection, the iPhone and its iPod Touch counterpart are notorious for having a subpar autocorrect function. The following steps will outline how to turn off autocorrect on an iPhone or an iPod Touch


1. Ensure that your iPhone or iPod Touch is on the home screen. The autocorrect toggle switch is located within the device’s settings, which can be accessed through the settings icon on the home screen.

2. Tap the “Settings” icon. By default, this icon is located in the bottom left corner of the home screen.

3. Look for the “General” tab within the settings pane, and tap it. This is normally found in the middle of the settings screen.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the general settings screen. Find the word “Keyboard”, and tap this option.

5. Find the option that says “Auto-Correction”. This setting is generally the first feature found on the Keyboard settings screen

6. Disable autocorrect by tapping your finger where the auto-correct feature says ON. The gray rectangle should move to the left and the word OFF should appear.


  • If you decide you would like to turn autocorrect back on, follow the above steps and re-enable the function by tapping the word “OFF”. Auto-correction should re-enable and the word “ON” will appear again.
  • Alternatively, instead of tapping the on/off toggle switch, you can also slide your finger left or right (depending on the current status of the auto-correction) on the toggle switch to enable or disable the feature.

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