How to use Auto-Correction and predictive text on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Learn how to use Auto-Correction, predictive text, and text replacement, so you can type with fewer taps. 

Use Auto-Correction

Auto-Correction uses your keyboard dictionary to spellcheck words as you type, automatically correcting misspelled words for you. To use it, just type in a text field. 

To make sure that this setting is turned on, use these steps: 

  1. Open the Settings app. 
  2. Tap General > Keyboard. 
  3. Turn on Auto-Correction. By default, Auto-Correction is on.

Auto-Correction option on Keyboards screen

Use predictive text

With predictive text, you can write and complete entire sentences with just a few taps.

Messages screen

As you type, you can see choices for words and phrases you'd probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style. 

 

Messages screen

To turn predictive text off or on, touch and hold emoji icon or globe icon, then tap Predictive. Or go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Predictive.

 

See a full list of languages that support predictive text.

Set up text replacement

With text replacement, you can use shortcuts to replace longer phrases. When you enter the shortcut in a text field, the phrase automatically replaces it. For example, you could type "GM" and "Good morning" would automatically replace it. 

To manage text replacement, tap Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. 

  • To add a text replacement, tap plus icon, then enter your phrase and shortcut. When you're done, tap Save. 
  • To remove a text replacement, tap Edit, tap minus icon, then tap Delete. To save your changes, tap Done.

Text Replacement Screen - BRB, GM, GB

Learn more

Learn about the keyboards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. For example, you can switch between international keyboards, use third-party keyboards, and change the language.

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