How to Turn off Autocorrect on Android

Get rid of that annoying predictive text

Autocorrect on Android is a convenient modern feature, but sometimes it can go a bit too far and become more annoying than helpful. Depending on your writing style, its attempts at prediction can fall wide of the mark, and only needlessly increase the time sink for an otherwise simple task. Luckily, you're not helpless in the face of autocorrect, as you can just turn it off.

The Advantages of Turning off Autocorrect

There are a couple of use cases that favor deactivating autocorrect. If you find yourself typing a lot of proper names, or your favorite latest vernacular that Android’s built-in dictionary hasn’t caught up with yet, autocorrect might do more harm than good.

Turning off autocorrect also helps if you're bilingual and frequently switch between languages while typing.

How to Turn off Autocorrect on Android

The settings for autocorrect are specific to each keyboard software or app you use, including the default, Gboard. While the autocorrect options are buried pretty deep in a keyboard’s settings, all the keyboards can be accessed from the same sub-menu.

For this example, we’ll use Gboard, but note where to diverge if you have a different keyboard whose autocorrect you want to deactivate.

When autocorrect is off, the default Android keyboard (Gboard) will still offer correction suggestions at the top of the keyboard, but it won't swap in a predicted correction when you add a space after a word. Instead, it will leave the word however you typed it.

  1. Open the Settings app.

  2. Tap System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard.

  3. You'll see a list of all installed keyboards, including default installations. Tap Gboard, or whatever keyboard for which you're turning off autocorrect.  

    System, Virtual keyboard, Gboard buttons in Android settings
  4. Tap Text correction.

  5. Scroll down to the Corrections section, and tap Auto-correction to toggle it off.

    Text correction, Auto-correction toggle in Android settings