Autocorrects are helpful, funny, catastrophic and awesome. But not when you are typing a word and your iPhone constantly autocorrects it to a word that you didn’t intend to type at all.

One way of preventing this from happening is turning off auto correct completely (from Settings → General ->Keybaord) but that isn’t a good solution if you’re looking to use Autocorrect. You want to turn off auto-correct for specific words only. How do you do that?

This workaround has been here for a long time and it’s a silly workaround really. But till Apple fixes up a recipe to let you edit auto correct data, this is the way out.

Stop Certain Words from Autocorrecting on iPhone and iPad

To stop certain words from being autocorrected in iPhone/iPad, do this:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Scroll down and tap on Keyboard

Turn-off Autocorrect for Certain Words on iPhone and iPad

  • Scroll down again and tap on Add New Shortcut

Disable Autocorrect for Certain Words on iPhone and iPad

  • Now, in the Phrase field, enter the word you want to prevent Autocorrect for
  • In the shortcut field, enter the same word
  • Tap on Save

That’s about it. Once you set a shortcut for the word, Autocorrect will stop changing the word you type to what it thinks is the right word. Like I said, it’s definitely not a clean workaround. But it works and if you are looking for a temporary fix, this is it.

Incidentally, if you delve a little deeper and have a jailbroken iPhone using iFile, you might look at some of the answers at StackOverflow to figure out how to remove particular/specific auto-correct phrases. There are two problems to this though:

  • First off, you have to be enormously careful about editing data and not corrupting the file. Wherever the autocorrect data is stored (.dat or .sqlite), it’s going to be important for the keyboard to work properly.
  • Secondly, you need to actually find out the correct database file. So far, there have been no concrete answers on Reddit or StackOverflow that pinpoint the file.

Alternatively, if you’re okay with autocorrect being cleared (it will still work, but you will be starting from scratch), you can go to SettingsGeneralReset → Reset Keyboard Settings to clear all autocorrect data.

  • BigDan

    how do i stop “u” from being changed to “i” each time? that’s the most annoying autocorrect issue. apparently anything i enter into the iphone dictionary has to be at least 2 characters so that’s not getting fixed by this.

  • Fallen Anjel

    This is wonderful but you can’t have a shortcut for the same word twice. Which mean you can’t have two separate words change to the same word. You also can’t use 1 letter words. IE: A, I, U. I wanted “u” to change to “you”. but nope… can’t have single letter words.
    It seems auto correct has gotten worse in ios8. I have normal every day words changing to OTHER normal every day words. It’s really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really annoying!!