How to Turn off Autocorrect on Android

Get rid of that annoying predictive text

Autocorrect on Android is a convenient modern feature. However, it can go a bit too far and become more annoying than helpful. Depending on your writing style, its attempts at prediction can fail, and increase the time to do a simple task. If autocorrect gets in your way, here's how to turn it off.

The instructions in this article apply to Android 8.0 and up. It should work similarly on Android 7.0 and earlier with minor differences.

The Advantages of Turning off Autocorrect

There are a couple of use cases that favor deactivating autocorrect. If you type a lot of proper names or use the latest vernacular that the Android 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 deep in the keyboard settings, all the keyboards can be accessed from the same sub-menu.

This example uses Gboard, but notes where to diverge if you have a different keyboard and want to deactivate autocorrect on that keyboard.

When autocorrect is off, the default Android keyboard (Gboard) still offers correction suggestions at the top of the keyboard. It doesn't swap a predicted correction when you add a space after a word. Instead, it leaves the word the way 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 the keyboard for which you want to turn 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