Problems with iPad spell check and auto-correct and how to fix them

Have you found that your iPad or iPhone has recently started auto-correcting perfectly normal words to really strange ones?

This can happen in any IOS app which uses Apple’s built-in auto-correction, auto-complete and spell-checking mechanisms. This includes BlogPad Pro, although we’re currently looking into other options to get around this issue. 

iPad spell check problem

But why does this happen?

IOS uses a unique dictionary which ‘learns’ new words depending on the words you use. If you reject an auto-corrected word twice, the dictionary assumes the new word is correct and adds it to the dictionary. 
 
This can result in strange phrases and misspelled words replacing proper words.
 
IOS auto correct problem

So what can I do to fix the problem?

One way of fixing this is by disabling these features. To do this go into your iPad or iPhone settings:
Settings > General > Keyboard

Once you’re in keyboard settings here are three options you can disable:

  • Auto-capitalization
  • Auto-correction
  • Check spelling
Another option is to reset your keyboard to factory settings.
 
To do this go to your iPad or iPhone settings:
Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
 
Please bear in mind that this sets your keyboard to default settings and will delete all custom words.

2 comments on “Problems with iPad spell check and auto-correct and how to fix them

  1. kati10705 says:

    Ah ha! That explains so much. Right, off to go and check my auto correct settings. …….

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