Autocorrect is a constant in most modern Android phones, but sometimes it can do more harm than good. While it is supposed to help users avoid misspellings, autocorrect can easily misjudge what you’re trying to type and turn your intended words into something else entirely. As it happens, most of us have experience with autocorrect fails and are aware of how they can easily hijack the entire conversation and cause confusion.
If you’ve noticed these autocorrect mistakes happen more often than not, it may be a good idea to turn off autocorrect on your Android device.
Turn Off Autocorrect for Gboard
Most Android devices these days come with the Gboard keyboard installed by default. If you rely on Gboard for your typing activities, this is how you can get rid of autocorrect.
1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
2. Scroll down until you find System and tap on it.
3. Select “Language & input.”
4. Next, click on “Virtual keyboard.”
5. You should see a list of all the keyboards installed on your device. Select the one you’re currently using, in this case Gboard.
6. Once you’ve accessed Gboard’s Settings, look for “Text Correction” and tap on it.
7. Scroll down until you reach the Correction section and toggle off the Auto-correction option. Alternatively, you can leave auto-correction on and also enable the option below, which will allow you to “Undo auto-correct on backspace.”
8. That’s it. Now you can go back to your messaging app without having to worry that you’ll end up typing something silly.
If your autocorrect is currently off, and you want to turn it back on, simply follow the steps above to toggle the “Auto-correction” option back on.
Considering there are many other options when it comes to keyboards, you should probably know that most of them give you the option to turn off autocorrect in their respective Settings panels.
Disable Autocorrect If You’re Using a Different Virtual Keyboard
1. Once again, open the Settings app on your phone.
2. Go to “Settings -> Languages & input -> Virtual keyboard.”
3. Select the keyboard you are using. In this case, we are using Chrooma.
4. You’ll be taken directly to the app.
5. Tap on Language at the bottom of the display.
6. Select “Text correction.”
7. From the pop-up menu that appears, tap on “Auto-correct” to view options. There are a few more options in Chrooma than in Gboard.
8. You can opt to turn off the feature entirely or select how aggressive you want your auto-corrector to be. Choose between Modest, Aggressive or Very Aggressive.
These steps vary depending on the keyboard you’re using, but you should find the relevant options if you take the time to fiddle through the apps’ menus.
How to Disable Autocorrect on Samsung
If you’re on a Samsung phone, then you’re most likely using the Samsung keyboard to type. To turn off autocorrect on your device, find an option called “Auto replace” in your phone’s Settings.
1. Open Settings on your device.
2. Navigate to “General management” and select “Language and input.”
3. Select “Samsung keyboard settings.”
4. From there you should turn off “Predictive Text,” which also disables the “Auto replace” feature so that you can type in peace.
Autocorrect can often save us from making silly mistakes when typing messages, especially if we are in a hurry, but it can also make us look bad by selecting words we don’t want. If you feel confident enough that you won’t make any (or as many) mistakes without autocorrect, then you can turn this feature off.
Since we’ve discussed alternative virtual keyboard options, perhaps you’d be interested to take a look at our list of best Gboard alternatives for Android to see what else is out there. Or maybe you’d like to learn how you can set up a virtual on-screen keyboard in Linux.