How To Turn Off Auto-Correction Features on iPhone XS Models

Key takeaways:

  • Auto-correction can be frustrating when it changes words you intended to type
  • You can easily disable auto-correction in the iPhone’s Keyboard settings
  • Predictive text and spell check can be turned off separately for more control
  • Text replacement allows you to create custom shortcuts for frequently used phrases

Auto-correction is a feature built into the iPhone’s keyboard that automatically corrects misspelled words as you type. While this can be a helpful tool for catching typos, it can also be frustrating when it changes words that you intended to type, such as proper names or slang terms. If you find that auto-correction is more of a hindrance than a help, you can easily turn it off on your iPhone XS.

Disabling Auto-Correction

To turn off auto-correction on your iPhone XS, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone
  2. Scroll down and tap General
  3. Tap Keyboard
  4. Toggle the switch next to Auto-Correction to the off position

Once you’ve turned off auto-correction, your iPhone will no longer automatically change words as you type. However, it will still underline misspelled words in red. If you tap on an underlined word, you’ll see suggested corrections that you can choose from.

Turning Off Predictive Text

In addition to auto-correction, the iPhone keyboard also has a predictive text feature that suggests words as you type based on your typing habits and the context of your message. If you find this feature distracting or unhelpful, you can turn it off separately from auto-correction.

To disable predictive text:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Keyboard
  4. Toggle the switch next to Predictive to the off position

With predictive text turned off, you’ll no longer see suggested words appear above the keyboard as you type.

Disabling Spell Check

The iPhone’s keyboard also has a built-in spell checker that underlines misspelled words in red. If you don’t want to see these underlines, you can turn off spell check in the Keyboard settings.

To disable spell check:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Keyboard
  4. Toggle the switch next to Check Spelling to the off position

Keep in mind that turning off spell check will also disable the ability to tap on misspelled words and see suggested corrections.

Using Text Replacement

If there are certain words or phrases that you type frequently, you can use the iPhone’s text replacement feature to create custom shortcuts. For example, you could set up a shortcut so that typing “omw” automatically expands to “on my way.”

To create a text replacement shortcut:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap General
  3. Tap Keyboard
  4. Tap Text Replacement
  5. Tap the + button in the top right corner
  6. Enter the full phrase you want to use in the Phrase field
  7. Enter the shortcut you want to use in the Shortcut field
  8. Tap Save in the top right corner

Now, whenever you type your chosen shortcut, it will automatically expand to the full phrase. This can be a great time-saver if you often send similar messages or use industry-specific jargon.

Customizing Your Keyboard

In addition to the settings mentioned above, there are a few other ways you can customize your iPhone’s keyboard to suit your typing style:

Enable Caps LockDouble-tap the shift key to enable caps lock
“.” ShortcutDouble-tap the space bar to insert a period followed by a space
Delete Slide-to-Type by WordWhen using slide-to-type, you can delete entire words by sliding left from the delete key

To access these settings, go to Settings > General > Keyboard.


Auto-correction can be a useful tool, but it’s not for everyone. If you find that it’s more annoying than helpful, it’s easy to turn off on your iPhone XS. By disabling auto-correction, predictive text, and spell check, you can take back control of your typing and ensure that your messages say exactly what you want them to.

Remember, you can always re-enable these features if you change your mind. And if you often type the same words or phrases, consider setting up text replacement shortcuts to save time and effort.


How do I turn off auto-capitalization on my iPhone?

To turn off auto-capitalization, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and toggle the switch next to Auto-Capitalization to the off position.

Can I disable auto-correction for certain apps only?

No, the auto-correction setting applies to the keyboard across all apps. You cannot disable it for specific apps while leaving it enabled for others.

Will turning off predictive text affect the words suggested above the keyboard?

Yes, turning off predictive text will remove the suggested words that appear above the keyboard as you type. However, you will still be able to tap on misspelled words to see suggested corrections.

Can I create text replacement shortcuts on my iPad as well?

Yes, the process for creating text replacement shortcuts is the same on both iPhone and iPad. Any shortcuts you create will sync across all of your devices that are signed in to the same iCloud account.