How to Turn On or Off Autocorrect for Android and Samsung Devices
Android’s autocorrect feature can be both a blessing and a curse. One minute, it’ll save you from an embarrassing typo in a message to your boss. The next, you’ll be left blushing as you send something wholly inappropriate to a family member.
It’s time you took back control. If you want to learn how to turn on autocorrect on your Android device, plus how to turn it off autocorrect again, keep reading. We’ll also touch on a few other settings to help you get the autocorrect feature working the way you want.
How to Turn Off Autocorrect on Android
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By default, most Android devices come preinstalled with Gboard, Google’s in-house keyboard app. If you use using Gboard, you can follow our instructions to turn off autocorrect.
If, however, you instead use one of the many third-party keyboards for Android, the instructions might differ slightly. Consult with your keyboard developer’s official literature for more information.
The toggle to disable autocorrect on Gboard is hidden deep within your phone’s Settings menu.
To reach it, you’ll need to open Gboard settings. You can do this through the Settings app by going to Settings> System> Languages and input> Virtual keyboard> Gboard. For a faster method, open your keyboard and long-press on the comma key, then tap the gear icon that appears.
Once you reach Gboard’s settings with either method, select Text correction and under the Corrections heading, slide the toggle for Auto correction into the Off position.
How to Turn On Autocorrect on Android
If you change your mind later, you can re-enable the autocorrect feature at any time.
Simply perform the same instructions as above, tweaking the final step:
Open the Settings app and go to System> Languages and input> Virtual keyboard> Gboard.
Alternatively, open the keyboard, hold the comma key, and tap the gear icon.
Choose Text correction and scroll down to the Corrections section.
Locate the toggle labeled Auto correction and slide it into the We position.
Again, if you’re using a different Android keyboard, you might find that the instructions vary. Any keyboard you have installed should appear under the Virtual keyboard section of the Settings app. Open it from there, then you’ll need to look for the appropriate setting.
SwiftKey, for example, has autocorrect under Typing> Typing & Autocorrect> Autocorrect.
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