Daily tip: How to reset Your iPhone keyboard dictionary

Frustrated that your iPhone auto-correct dictionary has "learned" an incorrect word and curious how to reset it? Worried you might have a damnyouautocorrect moment when SMS'ing that important contact? Apple doesn't give you very many options when it comes to editing dictionary entries but if your iPhone has learned to incessantly auto-correct something that isn't right, there's an easy way to fix it. We'll show you how after the break.

Until Apple gives us the option to individually edit entries into the keyboard dictionary, the only option we have is to reset it. Not ideal, but it does fix any incorrect entries the phone may have learned. As a side note, you can also do this on the iPad and iPod Touch as well.

  • 1 Go to Settings: General: Reset
  • 2 Tap Reset Keyboard Settings.
  • 3 Your keyboard dictionary will reset back to factory default.

I've had a few times where my iPhone or iPad has learned an annoying word combination from me either entering a word wrong and dismissing the auto-correct on accident, or from me using an abbreviation. I abbreviated Olive Garden to OG only one time and my iPhone decided every time I typed the word "of", it would auto-correct it to OG. Very annoying, but this simple trick fixed it.

So if you guys have had issues, give this a try and let us know how it works for you!

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Daily tip: How to reset Your iPhone keyboard dictionary


a while back i had an issue when i was spelling "as" autocorrect was suggesting "A's" what the hell??

That's funny because the reason I am here viewing this is my problem with the word AS also, same thing. I know how it happened to me though. I post quite a bit on the Detroit Tigers message board and when they played the A's in the playoffs in 2012 I used it all the time in my posts. They need to make an easy fix for this problem. Like type the word 3 straight times and you cancel the auto correct 3 times. This should be a fixed problem on the next generation of IPads and iPhones. Shouldn't have to reset my whole dictionary. Of course I use the word as a lot so I will have to reset my dictionary.

If it's only one word you're concerned about then you can also open notepad and type that one word a few times (all the while hitting the "X" on the incorrect entry) until auto-correct learns it the correct way...tedious I know, but sometimes a necessary evil if you have auto-correct trained just the way you want on everything else.

i love the iphone , really do.
however the autocorrect feature / dictionary on these phones are the most god awful pieces of crap to ever grace the phone.
really needs to be fixed.

Quick tip on autocorrect:
If you have a word that is being incorrectly corrected, do the following.
Open Notes
Type the word in question.
If it is trying to correct it after the word is completely typed, click the autocorrect box to cancel it.
Press space bar and type again. If it is still trying to correct, click the autocorrect box to cancel and press space.
Keep doing this until it learns not to correct.

I tried it and it worked. I read another comment from the OP that said it usually won't keep working, we will see. I had tried this before but must not have did it enough times to work.

Yesssss, I can type "we'll" again without it wanting to say "Welll". Great tip that I completely forgot about. And I agree with @Dan. They should make text prediction like Android. I much prefer the prediction on my N1 to my iPhone...more than just one option when typing words!

I wish there was an easy way like this to remove the typed email addresses that are "remembered". I can't stand the old and incorrect email addresses that are shown as options when I start typing one.

@Danny - I'm jailbroken
@people saying to use notes - this has never worked for me permanently. it will still eventually correct back to the other word. it's kind of a cr@pshoot when you use notes. it may work, it may not. in my experience, it's not a very good way of fixing the dictionary, and it's a pain

@Kie - if you touch the "e" key on the right side it'll want to autocorrect the word to mr. However, if you hit the "e" key on the left side it won't autocorrect.

@Copeling - The right side or left side of the key, since you don't always hit it directly in the center.

If using the reset option doesn't seem to work for you, try pressing reset keyboard dictionary then without touching anything else, backup and restore your iPhone. That was the only way I could get around it not working perminatly