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FAQ: How to Turn off Autocorrect

I have a love-hate relationship with the autocorrect on my smartphone. Sometimes, it’s extremely helpful and smart. Other times I think it doesn’t actually speak the English language and makes the oddest assumptions for words that I KNOW I spelled properly. Yes, phone, ‘bachelorette’ really IS a word. No, I didn’t mean ‘propel,’ I meant ‘people.’

But, what a lot of people don’t realize is that while¬†autocorrect is enabled by default, you can actually turn it off. Or, if you want to feel like you have zero control, make it more aggressive. Here’s how:


  1. Launch the Settings App
  2. Select “Language and Input”
  3. Scroll down to whatever keyboard you use, and select the three slider bars to the right
  4. Find “autocorrect” and select it, then tap “Off”
  5. Rejoice in your freedom!


  1. Launch the Settings App
  2. Tap “General” and then “Keyboard”
  3. Tap the toggle next to “Auto-Correction” to turn it off
  4. Rejoice in your freedom!

Windows Phone 8

  1. Open the Settings menu
  2. Find “Keyboard” and tap it
  3. Select whichever keyboard you commonly use
  4. Uncheck the box “Correct misspelt words”