How to Change Autocorrect on Android

Alicia Santos

Android, Tutorials

Changing Autocorrect on Android

Autocorrect is a handy feature that helps us type faster and more accurately on our Android devices. However, there are times when it can be a bit too aggressive, making unwanted corrections or suggesting incorrect words.

Fortunately, Android allows users to customize and change the autocorrect settings to better suit their needs. In this tutorial, we will explore how to change autocorrect on Android.

Step 1: Accessing the Settings

To begin, unlock your Android device and navigate to the home screen. Locate the “Settings” app and tap on it to open.

Step 2: Language & Input

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find the “System” section. Tap on “Language & input” to proceed.

Step 3: Virtual Keyboard

Within the Language & input menu, you will see various options related to input methods. Look for “Virtual keyboard” or a similar option and tap on it.

Step 3.1: Gboard (Google Keyboard)

If you are using Gboard (Google Keyboard), which is the default keyboard for many Android devices, select it from the list of available keyboards.2: Other Keyboards

If you are using a different keyboard app like SwiftKey or Samsung Keyboard, select that particular keyboard from the list instead.

Step 4: Text Correction

Once you have selected your desired keyboard, locate and tap on “Text correction” or a similar option within the keyboard settings menu.

Step 5: Autocorrect Settings

In this section, you will find various options related to autocorrect customization. The names of these options may vary depending on the keyboard app you are using, but they typically include settings such as “Autocorrect,” “Auto-correction,” or “Word Suggestions.”

Step 5.1: Enabling/Disabling Autocorrect

To enable or disable autocorrect, toggle the switch next to the respective option. When enabled, your Android device will automatically correct misspelled words as you type.

Step 5.2: Customizing Autocorrect

If you want to customize autocorrect further, tap on the autocorrect settings and explore the available options. Here are some common customization options:

  • Block offensive words: Prevents the keyboard from suggesting or correcting offensive language.
  • Add words to dictionary: Allows you to add specific words to the keyboard’s dictionary so they won’t be corrected in the future.
  • Personalized suggestions: Enables the keyboard to learn from your typing habits and offer personalized word suggestions.
  • Show suggestions: Displays word suggestions above the keyboard as you type.
  • Show corrections: Highlights misspelled words with a red underline.

Feel free to explore these options and adjust them according to your preferences.

Step 6: Saving Changes

Once you have made your desired changes to the autocorrect settings, use the back button or navigate back through the menu until you reach the main Settings screen.


You have successfully changed your autocorrect settings on Android. Now, your device’s keyboard will behave according to your preferences, ensuring a smoother typing experience.

Note that different Android versions and keyboard apps may have slightly different steps and terminology for changing autocorrect settings. However, the overall process should be similar.

Remember to periodically review and adjust your autocorrect settings as you become more accustomed to your device’s behavior and your typing style evolves.

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