Spelling and definition lookup restrictions for iOS devices

iOS 8.1.3 and later include configuration profile options you can use to restrict access to spelling and definition features on supervised devices.

You can use key values to disable access to the following features on supervised devices:

  • definition lookup for highlighted words
  • spell check and autocorrection while typing
  • predictive keyboard

These options can be managed using Apple Configurator 1.7.2 or later, or Profile Manager in OS X Server 4.1 or later. If you use a third-party Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, contact your MDM vendor for information about using these options.  

These keys are defined as part of the Restrictions profile payload and are documented in the Configuration Profile Key Reference.

Key Type Value
allowDefinitionLookup Boolean Supervised only
If set to false, disables definition lookup
Defaults to true
allowSpellCheck Boolean Supervised only
If set to false, disables keyboard spelling correction
Defaults to true
allowAutoCorrection Boolean Supervised only
If set to false, disables keyboard auto-correction
Defaults to true
allowPredictiveKeyboard Boolean Supervised only
If set to false, disables predictive keyboards
Defaults to true

For more information about using Configuration Profiles, see the iOS Deployment Reference.

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