Stop The iPhone’s AutoCorrect Feature Ruining Your SMS Messages

Stop The iPhone’s AutoCorrect Feature Ruining Your SMS Messages

iPhone3G.jpgLifehacker reader and IT consultant Alex C writes in with this useful tip for iPhone users:

I am a bilingual Aussie and often have to type SMS in another language which is really annoying with the autocorrect feature trying to sub in English words all the time. Rather than switching the Autocorrect on/off constantly, I found it easier to type a single character in the SMS pane, like a ‘z’, and then move the cursor immediately in front of this letter. This then disables the autocorrect because it knows you are not at the end of the word and won’t try replacing it. After typing the entire SMS with the ‘z’ at the end, simply remove the letter and SEND. Ta-da!

I haven’t been able to test this myself (the iPhone and I were never meant to be together), but it sounds a handy hint. Thanks Alex!


  • You can also add multiple language keyboards on the iPhone. I use this to send messages in English, German and French.

    To enable international keyboards:

    1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard >International Keyboards
    2. Flick the switches next to the appropriate keyboards

    You should then have a little globe icon between the Shift and Space keys on the keyboard.

  • And how about adding another dictionnary?

    I sms in english and french and whenever I need to switch from one language to another I press the little globe key on my keyboard… This way I have autorecognition in both languages…

  • Once your proficient and remember the counter intuitive behavior of clicking the word to cancel it, auto correct isn’t much of an issue. If it does screw you, if you backspace once it usually shows what you had before as a bubble option to undo the AC.

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