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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Allyson Kazmucha

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mrNotiq says:

Wow...how long has that been there??!?!? I've been needing this for so long... lol

BLiNK says:

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

Terry Rejniak says:

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.

pleask55 says:

A great service guys!
Much needed by the masses.
Many thanks.
Pete.

lmichael181 says:

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.

Dan says:

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.

Fireemt1 says:

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.

Terry Rejniak says:

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.

wplantz says:

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!

Kschucks says:

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.

Mazon says:

YES YES, the incorrect email addresses, biggest pain in my Ipad

Danny says:

how did you change the sms theme?

GottiMafia says:

anyone else notice the jailbroken iphone uses lol awesome

Allyson Kazmucha says:

@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 Evans says:

Thanks! Sometimes when I try to type 'ME' it will auto-correct to 'MR'.

Medicmaestro says:

@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.

amipro says:

It resets all those good things also that it has learnt correct

copeling says:

@Medicmaestro - what do you mean the e on the right or left?

Warren says:

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

Badkarma says:

Hi, this will not work on my iPhone 3GS o/s 5.0.1

Jessicalarocque says:

Thank you so much! My iPhone had accidentally started replacing the with tge... It was super annoying!!!

Sweetie pie says:

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

James Morgan5 says:

I did the keyboard reset and it didn't work when I type in the name sam it brings up wassam please help