People are now noticing an iPhone hack that fixes one of the most annoying issues

YOUR iPhone has some really clever autocorrect, but it’s not perfect.

If you’re constantly frustrated, maybe there is a solution.

You can turn off autocorrect entirely if it's really annoying — although it's better if you just teach it to be smarter


You can turn off autocorrect entirely if it’s really annoying — although it’s better if you just teach it to be smarterPhoto credit: Apple/The Sun

What is autocorrect on iPhone?

Autocorrect is an automatic tool on your iPhone that tries to help you improve what you type.

For example, if you typed “I’m happy today,” your phone would fix it to say “I’m happy today.”

It does this by comparing your text against a huge (and constantly evolving) digital dictionary.

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However, it is not always correct. Sometimes, frustratingly, it can “fix” things you never wanted – and it does duck aggravating.

Fix autocorrect errors

If a common word or phrase you use keeps getting auto-corrected by your iPhone, simply add it to your phone’s dictionary.

Go to Settings, General, Keyboard, then Text Replacement.

Tap the plus sign in the top right corner and type the word you want to save.

How to make better use of autocorrect

Ken Kocienda, who led the team that built the first keyboard on Apple’s original iOS software, has revealed the inner workings of autocorrect.

Corresponding life hackerKocienda, Apple’s former chief software officer, says autocorrect asks three key questions when you type a word on your iPhone.

They are:

  • What other words in the dictionary would include similar “knock” patterns?
  • Which of these words is the most common and how much more common is it?
  • Which of these words appear in your “dynamic dictionary,” a list of your most commonly used words and words that you’ve retyped?

Apple’s iPhone takes all of this information, weighs it, and makes a decision based on your input.

What usually happens is when we type a word and Apple gets it wrong, we go back and change it right away.

But Kocienda says in his new book, Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs, that it’s a very inefficient way of typing.

That’s because Apple sometimes fixes your words much later in a sentence, and then unfixes them again once it has more information about what you’re typing.

Although it might be wrong at first, it looks correct when you finish your sentence.

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That means you’ll end up fixing fewer autocorrect errors if you leave it to the end of your message—instead of fixing every error right away.

Basically, Kocienda says you should trust autocorrect because it’s smarter than you give it credit for.

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