You’re using iPhone auto-correct WRONG – here’s why you should never fix a mistake straight away

AN APPLE insider has revealed that you’re probably using auto-correct on your iPhone wrong.

The feature, which fixes the things you type, can often be frustrating, and it might be because you haven’t mastered how it actually works.

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What is auto-correct on iPhone?

Auto-correct is an automatic tool on your iPhone that attempts to help you improve what you type.

For instance, if you typed out “I om happy today”, your phone would fix it to say “I am happy today”.

It does this by comparing your text to an enormous (and constantly evolving) digital dictionary.

It’s not always right, however. Sometimes, it can frustratingly “fix” things you never wanted it to – and it’s ducking infuriating.

An Apple insider says you need to learn to trust your phone

How you can use auto-correct better

Ken Kocienda, who led the team building the first keyboard on Apple’s original iOS software, has revealed the inner workings of auto-correct.

According to Lifehacker, former Apple software boss Kocienda says auto-correct asks three key questions when you type out a word on your iPhone.

They are:

  • What other words in the dictionary would involve similar “tap” patterns?
  • Which of these words is the most common, and how much more common is it?
  • Which of these words appears in your “dynamic dictionary”, a list of your most frequently used words, and words you’ve re-typed?

Apple’s iPhone uses all of this information, weighs it up, and makes a decision about your typing.

Usually what happens is when we type a word and Apple gets it wrong, we’ll go back and change it immediately.

But Kocienda, in his new book ‘Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs’, says this is a very inefficient way of typing.

That’s because Apple will sometimes fix, and then un-fix, your words much later on in a sentence, once it has more information about what you’re typing.

So although it might get it wrong at first, it’ll look correct by the time you finish your sentence.

That means you’ll end up fixing less auto-correct errors if you leave it until the very end of your message – rather than fixing each error immediately.

Basically, Kocienda says you should trust auto-correct, because it’s smarter than you give it credit for.

How to turn auto-correct on iPhone off – an easy guide

Of course, if you really can’t stand auto-correct then you can just turn it off.

Open your Settings app, then scroll down to General and tap into it.

Then scroll down and tap into Keyboard, which is about halfway down the page.

In here, you’ll see an option for “Auto-Correction” – turn the toggle switch to the right off, and you’re sorted.

Do you know any great iPhone tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments!


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