Fixing Autocorrect Deviations on Your iOS

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The iOS (especially the iOS 11.3 update) is clever and smart, but sometimes its analytical capabilities turn out to be annoying. Suppose you are tapping some business of yours along on your iPhone, and all of a sudden, one of the words is replaced by a nuisance or unwelcome phrase.

Since Apple introduced machine learning, we have used to unexpected autocorrecting, but you might as well become a target of a prank joke. Someone around you has probably produced a funny episode with you as a victim. It might have been children or an adult with a fresh childish sense of humor, which is not so rare a case. In most cases, it’s no hard to guess who it was.

Sometimes similar happenings may be a result of iOS’s autocorrecting activities. The autocorrect feature may make a conclusion (presumably wrong in such cases) based on the user’s repeated entries. However, when you type in the word “I” you regularly get a message stating that “you are a little silly skunk”, it is almost certainly a result of somebody’s ill creativity. OK, but what to do next? How to prevent it from happening? Well, first of all, reduce access to your device. Then fix what already is in your iOS autocorrect.

Technically, what happens in such cases is a result of a substitution shortcut set on your device by someone who has access to it. Thus, your action should be to find the hostile shortcuts and remove them.

For this to be done, just perform the following three-step procedure:

1. Head to Settings General > Keyboards > Text Replacements.

2. Analyze the list of items.

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3. Here you can find the malicious shortcut (and possibly other strange looking ones). To remove it, you need to swipe left on the item, and then swipe Delete.

However, remember that, after the introduction of machine learning, the computer intelligence may be turn out cunning and wily. So, if you encounter a similar trick, it is not necessarily somebody’s joke. The way your device learns may be obscure, and its conclusions based on your entries are sometimes very surprising.

Overall, autocorrect is a useful feature, and it may benefit you even more if you properly manage its activities. You can easily retrain the autocorrect feature to save much time in the future, especially if you do a lot of typing on your device. Normally, when the autocorrecting unit is suggesting a replacement without sufficient confidence, it produces a popover menu where you can tap to confirm the right variant (before you tap space or return to leave the dialogue).

By accepting the correct word or phrase, you build a correct algorithm for future autocorrecting actions. So your autocorrect feature will select the preferred variant all the time performing necessary corrections instead of you. There is another method when you initiate the process yourself. You double tap a word, choose Replace, and pick the preferred word or phrase from the suggestions in the popover menu.

In the extreme case, when you get completely sick and tired of the unwelcome assistance provided by your iOS, you can simply disable the autocorrect function using the following sequence: Settings > General > Keyboards > Auto-Correction.