Damn you, autocorrect

If you own an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad you already know what I’m talking about: The annoying autocorrect feature in iOS. We all like it because it helps us out quite a lot and yet it annoys us like crazy. So much in fact, that people started dedicating sites to it! But how exactly does autocorrect make our lives hell?

Yea, sure: I won’t blame iOS for trying to correct ‘Mmmmmm‘ or ‘Jaaaaa‘ since those are no real words (at least not in the Dutch language which were used during most of the above events). However others don’t make sense at all.

The big problem with all of this is: The iPhone dictionary isn’t customizable nor intelligent. It doesn’t learn that ‘pastabar‘ is an actual word. But as I found out today, there’s a little work around for that too. Requires no jailbreak and little overhead.

  • Go to your contacts on your device.
  • Add a new contact. Name it ‘Dictionary’ (or any other name that makes sense to you).
  • In the company field: Add any words you’d like iOS to accept as real words.
  • You’re done! Go to any app that let’s you write and type a word iOS usually would try to correct… Like magic, iOS now leaves you alone. (And even better: It will also suggest those new words when applicable)

One more thing…

As this is a contact, this dictionary will sync between your various devices, thus eliminating the need of doing this on multiple devices or going over all the words when you buy a new device. How’s that for an extra bonus?

Yea, sure it’s not as perfect as one might want but it’s good enough for now. That little workaround will save you time and nerves in the future. Spread the love to your fellow iPhone/iPad/iTouch users. They will be grateful 😉


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Ronny is a freelance frontend developer with a wild passion for creativity and a relentless hate against flat design. Ronny spent years as a Flash developer before moving to HTML5 and rediscovering fun and happiness.

3 Comments Join the Conversation →

  1. Florian

    Isn’t iOS5 bringing customisation?

  2. Ronny

    Not to my knowledge (I have iOS5 running on my iPad and I haven’t found that feature yet…)

  3. Ward

    Geniaal, straks eens proberen 🙂


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