Auto-correct on your mobile device, especially one whose navigation is entirely touch screen, can be very helpful.
We have all inadvertently touched the wrong letter at one time or another, but autocorrect can often fix this mistake. But if you are frequently typing abbreviated words or words in text-speak, auto-correct can be frustratingly active.
In fact, it can make it nearly impossible to accurately enter the information you want to send to another person.
Luckily this is a feature you can disable, which will ensure that the content of the text message you send from your iPhone 5 will be entirely the text that you have entered.
So continue reading below to learn how to turn off the auto-correct feature for your keyboard on the iPhone 5.
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Do you like using your iPhone 5, but wish it had a bigger screen? If you do not already have one, you should definitely consider getting an iPad. It is a great alternative to using a traditional laptop if you just need to check something online, but don’t want to deal with booting up your laptop.
Disable Messaging Auto Correct on the iPhone 5
This tutorial is going to assume that you have iOS 6 running on your phone. This is the default operating system that comes on a new iPhone 5 so, until there is a big software update that dramatically changes the menu navigation in iOS, then these directions should continue to work.
Step 1: Navigate to the Settings icon on your device, then touch it once to open the menu.
Step 2: Tap the General option.
Step 3: Touch the Keyboard option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Auto-Correction to switch the feature to Off.
If you decide in the future that you would like to continue using this feature, you can simply follow the steps above to re-enable it. You should also take some time to look at the other options on this menu, as they contain additional settings that might improve your experience with your phone.
Now that you know how to turn off auto-correct for text messaging on an iPhone, you can make it easier to type unusual or intentionally-misspelled words on the device.
If you are using a Windows PC and want to use iCloud to manage and back up the data that you have on your iPhone, you should read this article about the iCloud Control Panel. It can be installed easily and configure from the Windows 7 Control Panel to customize the data that is and is not synced with iCloud.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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