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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct iOS devices
My fiancee Ana, recently got her iPhone in The Philippines. As she splits her typing time between English and Tagalog, she complained to me that the iPhone's autocorrect was making her Tagalog typing extremely difficult, as the iPhone kept trying to correct all her Tagalog.

She asked me if I knew a way to disable the auto-correct and although I searched around the net for a published solution, couldn't find one, so I had to look on my own. Here is my workaround.

The auto-correct feature is tied to the language that you are typing in. If you disable your English keyboard, the auto-correct feature will be disabled. But the iPhone will not allow you to disable the default keyboard if only one is activated. So all you have to do is activate at least one more keyboard, and you are good to go. As both my girlfriend and I have a need to type in Japanese, we both have Japanese keyboards enabled, so we were already set. But in general, this is the workaround:
  1. Home Screen » Settings » General » Keyboard » International Keyboards. Here you can turn on your alternate Keyboard. Try the Japanese QWERTY keyboard, for instance. Another reason I choose to use Japanese as my alternate is I can quickly see what I am typing on as the label for the space key will turn to Japanese when I am using that keyboard.
  2. After turning on your alternate keyboard, you just turn the slider to "off" for the keyboard where you want to disable autocorrect.
To switch keyboards while typing (if you have more than one enabled), tap the globe icon to the left of the space key.
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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: tisar on Sep 08, '08 08:14:38AM

A much faster workaround is to simply type in front of a random letter. The auto correction is automatically off as you type _in_ a word (since it corrects with the last letter). That makes it easy to switch between auto correction and plain writing within the window. Just type a letter, place the cursor in front of it and type whatever cryptic thing you like without getting bothered by the auto correction.

Greets
Daniel



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: mistersquid on Sep 08, '08 08:46:36AM

Your proposed solution is not faster, as it would take invoking the bubble magnifier every time one wanted to avoid auto-correction. In fact, aside from the initial setup for josesensei's hint, the solution you suggest is much slower and more cumbersome.



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Sorry, I don't get this
Authored by: cptcomic on Sep 08, '08 09:29:04AM

Would someone please explain this hint to me once more?

1. Activate a second keyboard layout.

2. Deactivate it again?? I'm stuck at this step.

TIA



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Sorry, I don't get this
Authored by: mistersquid on Sep 08, '08 10:07:17AM

Turn on the Japanese QWERTY keyboard and then turn off the English keyboard. This will turn auto-correct off.



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Sorry, I don't get this
Authored by: mistersquid on Sep 08, '08 10:21:02AM

The final step (in case it wasn't obvious) is when using Japanese > QWERTY keyboard is that you have to press the globe icon next to the spacebar at least once so that the spacebar reads "space" (it will flash "QWERTY" once when you press the globe icon). Otherwise, you will see the Kanji (I believe) representation of the Japanese word for space which leaves a Kanji version of auto-correct on!



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: dreyfuss on Sep 08, '08 11:59:33AM
Your proposed solution is not faster, as it would take invoking the bubble magnifier every time one wanted to avoid auto-correction. In fact, aside from the initial setup for josesensei's hint, the solution you suggest is much slower and more cumbersome.
I think you don't get that hint. You type a letter, say an "a", then you put your cursor in front of that "a", and you type your whole text with that trailing "a". You will never have an auto-corrected entry. It's fabulous and quick and non-intrusive, because if you choose to want to have the auto-correct feature, you just don't type the letter. Great.

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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: cnuke on Sep 08, '08 04:52:08PM

I am switching between Turkish and English all the time and I have no problem since my iPhone "learned" Turkish. First months might be a bit difficult but every time you type something non-English, iPhone learns it. I don't think you should be turning the feature off.



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: mathboynz on Sep 08, '08 05:03:49PM

Great tip.

Just wondering though if your (Tagalog typing) fiancée knows about your (Japanese typing) girlfriend?


"It is often better to remain silent and be thought an idiot, than to open ones' mouth and remove all doubt".



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: Frillo on Sep 08, '08 10:13:54PM

;)))



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: Stormchild on Sep 08, '08 11:30:57PM

I don't see why you'd want to turn off autocorrection. My typing speed is more than twice as fast when I just type quickly and blindly and assume the autocorrection will fix most things correctly -- and most of the time it does. Learn to trust the autocorrection feature, and have a little patience when you first start training it. Over time it will become a good friend, instead of someone you have to distract with weird excuses to get them not to come to the party.



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: josesensei on Sep 09, '08 10:22:44PM

Like I said in the original hint it is for people that need to type with roman letters but not english. Indonesians, Thai, Malaysians etc.



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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: westont on Sep 09, '08 03:29:56AM
This does not work for me on 2.0.2 firmware. If I keep the system language as English and just enable a QWERTY Japanese keyboard, I then get offered word suggestions in both Japanese and English text. The auto-correction is clearly not disabled.

That said, the hint may be applicable to pre-2.0 firmware where the language support was a subset of what it is now. Also, as far as I can see, the supported languages list now matches the supported keyboard configurations so in theory all keyboards will offer auto-correction in the associated native language.

As to those asking why you would want to turn-off the feature, put yourselves in the shoes of a user in the Czech Republic where the iPhone is sold without local language support. You would immediately see that sending an SMS or writing an email in Czech language is somewhat frustrating! Perhaps the list of supported languages will grow with the 2.1 update.

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One way to disable the iPhone's typing auto-correct
Authored by: josesensei on Sep 09, '08 10:28:07PM

the interface language is not the issue as I run in English interface (with 2.0.2 BTW). What is important however is that you DISABLE the English keyboard after you enable the Japanese one, and then use the Jpaanese QWERTY keyboard for your roman typing.



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