Reset AutoCorrect on iPhone or iPad to Fix Improper Word Corrections

Jul 30, 2012 - 3 Comments

Fix wrong autocorrections by resetting the Keyboard Dictionary in iOS

Autocorrect in iOS is pretty smart and usually gets things right, it also learns your habits and frequently typed words and will start autocorrecting what you type to the words you have used in the past. This can be a blessing and a curse, because if you accidentally corrected a word to a wrong one or a typo, the iPad/iPhone dictionary will want to use that new erroneous word as the correction. The solution to that problem is to reset autocorrect by clearing out the keyboard dictionary, here’s how on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “General”
  2. Tap “Reset” and then tap on “Reset Keyboard Dictionary”

Reset Autocorrect Dictionary in iOS to fix improper word corrections on iPhone and iPad

This clears out the entire autocorrect and keyboard dictionary letting you start over from scratch. Open up Notes or any other app that lets you type and you can start teaching iOS the proper words again.

Contrary to some claims, you do not need to reset the iPhone or iPad to factory defaults to fix improper word corrections, though if you had a great dictionary before it got messed up you can restore from a previous backup to get the better autocorrect dictionary back.

There are also some suggestions that resetting Keyboard Dictionary helps with Dictation accuracy as well if it’s learned the wrong words, though we haven’t been able to verify that completely.

On a related note, a hilarious horribly no-good dirty prank to play on friends is messing with their iPhone or iPads auto-correct dictionary, this causes autocorrect to replace a proper word with a wrong word. Don’t do that though.

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

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  1. Keith says:

    I wish this reset Dictation, I let a kid play with it for a while and now the quality is horrendous because it trained it to nonsensical sounds and noises.

  2. Hal says:

    How do you use Notes to train the dictionary again? Type all your typos again?

  3. Jeff Ogrisseg says:

    Your advice has worked to fix a peculiar annoyance I’m plagued with on my iPhone4s, but, not on my iPad (original, iOS 5.1.1).
    In Japan, it’s common practice to tack the honorific suffix “-san” onto someone’s name. Unfortunately, despite the hundreds of times I have typed it (and forced it), autocorrect caps it (“-San”).
    I have added “-san” to the shortcuts, and even tried your reset method above, turned off the auto-capitalization, to no avail.
    How can I teach this old dog to hunt?

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