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How to Turn On or Off Autocorrect for Android and Samsung Devices

Dan Price Updated 03-03-2020

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.

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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

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 4 Best Free and Open Source Android Keyboards Looking for an open source keyboard for your Android device? These are the best options available. Read More , 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.

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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:

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  1. Open the Settings app and go to System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard.
    1. Alternatively, open the keyboard, hold the comma key, and tap the gear icon.
  2. Choose Text correction and scroll down to the Corrections section.
  3. Locate the toggle labeled Auto-correction and slide it into the On 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.

How to Turn Off Autocorrect on Samsung Devices

If you’ve ever owned a Samsung phone or tablet, you know that the company does not use the stock Android operating system. Instead, Samsung devices run a proprietary skin on Android. This is now known as Samsung Experience, but was previously called TouchWiz.

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Stock Android and Samsung’s skin differ in a lot of ways How Android Differs Depending on the Hardware Manufacturer Not all Android devices are created equal. See how yours stands out from the crowd with our comprehensive guide. Read More , one of which is how to turn autocorrect on and off.

Below are instructions for disabling autocorrect on Samsung devices running Android 10:

  1. Visit Settings > General management > Language and input > On-screen keyboard.
  2. Select Samsung Keyboard, assuming that you’re using the built-in solution.
  3. Choose Smart typing.
  4. Turn Predictive text off.

To turn off autocorrect on older Samsung phones and tablets, you need to use these instructions instead:

  1. Open the Settings app by heading to Apps > Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the System section.
  3. Tap on the icon labeled Language and input.
  4. Select Default from the list of options available. This may have a different name if you have other keyboard installed.
  5. Scroll down until you find the Auto replace menu item, and select it.
  6. Flick the toggle in the upper right-hand corner into the Off position.

(Note: If you have multiple keyboard languages installed, you can turn on/off autocorrect for each language layout individually using the checkboxes alongside the languages on this page.)

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How to Improve Autocorrect on Android

We’ve all seen those funny autocorrect screenshots. When you read some of them, it is understandable why you might have a sudden urge to turn off autocorrect on your Android device.

In truth, however, such drastic measures are rarely required. Android keyboards have a bevy of options that allow you to tweak, refine, and improve the autocorrect feature, thus making it work better for your needs.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the other settings that are worth investigating. These mainly apply to Gboard, but you’ll find similar options on most keyboard apps.

Auto-Capitalization

Android can automatically fix capital letters at the start of sentences and on proper nouns as you type.

In normal circumstances, it is a useful feature. But for some people, it might not be ideal. Lots of words are both proper nouns and regular nouns (for example, “Turkey” the country and “turkey” the bird). If you find yourself using such words regularly, you might want to turn off the auto-capitalization feature.

You can do so by heading to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Text correction > Auto-capitalization. Slide the toggle into the Off position to disable it.

Spell Check

Rather than relying on the autocorrect feature to fix your errors, you could just use Android’s native spell check feature. It will alert you to typos and other misspelled words using those familiar squiggly red lines under the text.

To turn spell check on or off on Android, you need to go to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Text correction > Spell check and flick the toggle into the desired position.

(Note: If you wish, you can run the spell-check and autocorrect tools simultaneously.)

Customize the Android Dictionary

You will always come across some legitimate words that are not part of Android’s built-in dictionary. Obscure place names, brand names, and specific jargon related to your job are common culprits.

It gets old really fast when Android continually tries to autocorrect “Sonos” into “sonar” or “Logitech” into “logical.” To prevent this from happening—and save yourself some stress in the process—you should add the words to your personal dictionary.

You can access the dictionary by heading to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Dictionary > Personal Dictionary. Tap the language you’d like to edit the dictionary for, even if you only have one installed. Then you can use the Plus button to add new words.

Try Voice Typing

Some keyboard (including Gboard) provide you with alternative ways to type on Android 6 Different Ways to Type on an Android Phone You know how to type on your Android phone, but did you know that you can also type with Morse code, your voice, and more? Read More . One of these is using your voice rather than an on-screen touch keyboard.

From an autocorrect standpoint, you’re less likely to make a typo when speaking rather than typing. However, you’ll introduce the issue of potentially misunderstood words.

If you would like to try voice typing, go to Settings > System > Languages and input > Virtual keyboard > Gboard > Voice typing and turn the toggle on. Then you can tap the Microphone icon at the top-right of the keyboard to speak.

If you use another keyboard, you can also switch to Google voice typing using the keyboard switch button that appears while typing.

Learn More About Typing on Android

Turning autocorrect on and off is only one small way you can improve the typing experience on your Android device. For example, you can change the keyboard’s theme, install third-party options, and even switch to a non-QWERTY keyboard layout.

To learn more, have a look at ways to type more efficiently with Gboard 7 Tips for Typing Faster on Your Android Phone Want to learn how to type faster on your Android phone? Here are some top tips for faster mobile typing. Read More , or even consider changing your Android keyboard entirely.

Explore more about: Android Customization, Android Tips, Autocorrect, Gboard, Keyboard, Samsung, Touch Typing.

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  1. John
    January 27, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the assist!

  2. Tom Hanna
    August 16, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I like the list of suggestions. I just want the default behavior when I hit space to be typing what I actually typed. Instead it is whatever random word is in the middle, so I have an extra keystroke to select what I wrote. Any setting orkeyboard that defaults to "what I actually wrote"?

  3. Jim Katz
    May 9, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    You can publish this.
    Why don't the makers of this junk fix it?
    It auto corrects correctly spelled words!!!
    ARRRG. Wht don't they make it not do this?
    If it's spelled right leave it alone.....
    Jim Katz

  4. Colleen
    January 9, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Wow thank you so much it was totally helpful I was so frustrated and I learned so much from this information. Thank you again.

  5. Channon
    December 17, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Here are the things that drive me nuts and apear to have no workaround with the stock Android keyboard: (1) bizarre acronyms from swiping (such as "ACD" instead of "and"); and, (2) its failure to learn that I swipe the word "for" approximately 17,000 times for each time I use the word "fit", so it really should NEVER suggest the word "fit", which is probably a rule that would worked for 99.7% of the population at large (fitness trainers being the 0.3%).

  6. david
    November 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    So this is all fine and dandy. But what to do when correction-suggestions work in all the apps except for in Outlook in the text body. It even works in the "subject" field of outlook, but not in the full text field. Any help is appreciated.

  7. Ra.
    October 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Them biatches have removed this option. It is now, On or Off!!!

  8. 28th no more
    April 18, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    OMG Thank You!! I had to wipe out my entire history - but that is 100% ok as long as it's not replacing "with" with "28th" anymore!

    • nope
      August 4, 2016 at 2:24 am

      It always comes back, 28th is the worst one on LG phones

    • Smitty Werbenmanjensen
      January 31, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      This is precisely the reason I ended up at this site! WHY oh WHY would it ever think we want to say '28th'?!?! I still can't seem to get it to stop.

  9. Glinda
    March 31, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you, I am finally free to type what I want without frustration. Very helpful guide and easy to understand.

  10. Melissa
    March 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I have a Droid Turbo, and the long hold comma for settings tip was very helpful, thanks!

    On my phone there is a setting called, "Auto-correction (Spacebar and punctuation automatically correct mistyped words". TURN THIS OFF!!! :)

    You'll still have the option to select correct spelling when you've gotten it wrong. (Easily change 'foutgors' to either 'forgot' or 'forgoes', for example, simply by selecting the suggestion). But you will NEVER have to worry about missing a bad correction that changes the meaning of your text. And then only seeing it after you've hit send.

    Not sure why it's so impossible to proof read before hitting send... except that I know I typed what I wanted and my eyes see what I expect not what actually is.

    Good luck fellow texters!

  11. Lana
    December 31, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    I pressed auto-correction and I didn´t get the options.

    • Vee
      June 19, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      Lol and grrr at the same time. Smartphone has become an oxymoron. My LG 6 doesn't have these options for the keyboard or Google either I've looked everywhere so I suffer when I don't take the time to force it to send what I'm spelling. Remember that option on the flip phones that use predictive text oh, it was so much more advanced and less frustrating then what we have to deal with now. If you've never had a flip phone trust me there was much less typing and almost no correcting.