Enable Apple’s Hidden Autocorrection In iOS 5

Enable Apple’s Hidden Autocorrection In iOS 5

If you’ve always been a tad jealous of Android’s autocorrection, iOS 5 actually has a very similar feature hidden within the OS. Here’s how to enable it.

You don’t even need to be jailbroken for this to work, you’ll just need access to your iDevice’s plist files — whether that means using something like iFile, iExplorer or iBackupBot, the method recommended by discoverer of said tweak, Sonny Dickson. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download iBackupBot and install it on your machine. It’s compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X.
  2. Backup your iPhone, iPod or iPad with iTunes (just plugging it in and syncing it with iTunes should accomplish this).
  3. Open iBackupBot and locate your most recent backup for that device in the left sidebar. Click on it.
  4. Scroll down to Library/Preferences/com.apple.keyboard.plist and double-click on it. You’ll need to hit Cancel if you aren’t registered.
    Note that you may want to write down what was originally there in case you want to get the old keyboard back when all is said and done.
  5. Erase everything between the two <dict> lines and replace it with:


  6. Save the plist file, then hit the “Restore From Backup” button in iBackupbot.

Your device should reboot, and you should see the new feature when you open the keyboard. Obviously, be wary of bugs — it was probably hidden for a reason — but in our brief tests it worked quite well. It’s not as fast as Android’s iteration, since you have to hit the “Confirm” button in the lower left-hand corner every time you type a word, but with a bit of practice, it could be a more effective way to type. Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments!

iOS 5 hides an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar, here’s how to enable it [Sonny Dickson via Wired]


  • Interesting find.. You know.. when I was younger I loved tweaks like this but as I get a little older I am happy to use the phone as Apple intended but kudos on finding a tweak like this. It gives an interesing insight into the ios design iterations.

  • Having just tested it out on my 4S, I can see why they left it out. The auto-predictions are pretty rubbish (though they probably get better the more you use it), and I found it infuriating to have to hit two buttons after every single word (only way to move on is hit confirm and then hit Spacebar, don’t know why they wouldn’t make confirm add a space), especially for words like ‘I’ and ‘the’. Not intuitive at all.
    Waiting with bated breath for pod2g’s untethered iOS5 jailbreak so I can get inSpell back, a much cleaner dictionary implementation.

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