Stop the Period Automatically Typing in iOS

Jul 3, 2012 - 4 Comments

The Keyboard in iOS

Double tapping the spacebar in iOS inserts a period at the end of a sentence and starts another, a feature that can really improve typing on the virtual keyboards of iOS, but not everyone likes the behavior. If you don’t want the iPhone or iPad to automatically type periods at the end of a word, here’s all you have to do to adjust the setting in iOS.

How to Stop Typing Period Automatically on iPhone and iPad

This applies to all versions of iOS:

  1. Open Settings and tap “General”
  2. Tap “Keyboard” and look for ‘”.” Shortcut’ and flip that to OFF

A period will no longer be inserted if you double-tap the spacebar, leaving you to manually insert all punctuation when typing in iOS.

The setting may look slightly different depending on your version of iOS, but it remains in all versions. You can toggle this off and on as needed.

Thanks for the question and tip idea Kevin

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Mr J says:

    Thanks for this. It was especially irritating when tapping out a list.

  2. Trev says:

    I have it off and it still happens, bleh

    • Jeff Hunter says:

      Same here. After disabling the option, it continues to insert a period after a second space is entered. This is extremely troubling when you are coding (Coda). I am running iOS 10.2.1 on an iPad Air 2.

  3. Fannie Toner says:

    Unfortunately, it IS off on my iPad, and so also is “Auto Capitalization.” And it STILL inserts the capital letter and the period. Makes me crazy. Arrrgh!

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