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How to disable autocorrect on Android

Have you ever tapped out a text and thought, crikey, I’m pleased I didn’t send that! Thanks autocorrect for almost ending my life!

Worse, have you ever not picked up on Android’s inconvenient autocorrect, sent your text or WhatsApp only to realise, that that short 4 letter word was meant to be something entirely different.

Let the ridicule commence.

“Ah that was meant to say slug!.” You reply.

“Daddy, there’s a nasty fat slug in the garden.”

Well, sometimes autocorrect’s can be hilarious, and sometimes they can be incredibly awkward – particularly in a professional setting.

Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

For those who never seemingly fall foul of an autocorrect blunder, you may be wondering how and why the said person is so annoyingly perfect. Well, it might be that they can spell properly. It might be that they double check their text for autocorrections before they hit the send button. Lastly, maybe because they once sent an autocorrect that was so bad, they opted to turn off autocorrect so it can never happen again.

And yes, you can too. Please find instructions below of how to disable Android’s autocorrect, so it can never (ever) leave you breathless again:

How to Disable Autocorrect on Android

1. Open the Settings app and tap “Language and input.” Depending on your device, the “Language and input” option might be hidden in a menu called “System” or “General Management.”

2. In this section, tap “Virtual keyboard.”

3. You’ll be presented with a list of your installed keyboards. Gboard is likely the one you’ll want to pick here, as it’s the default keyboard for nearly every app. Tap it.

4. Tap “Text correction.”

5. Scroll down to “Corrections,” and tap “Auto-correction” to turn off autocorrect.

The autocorrect function on your Android device will be deactivated. This will also deactivate predictive text, so your phone or tablet won’t try to predict what you’re typing and offer suggestions.