How to Fix Unwanted Predictive Text Suggestions on iPhone

Get rid of annoying and incorrect predictive text suggestions in a few quick steps.

iPhones use  QuickType predictive text to suggest the three most likely words you'll use next in your message. Unfortunately, sometimes our iPhone keyboard "learns" an incorrect spelling, or offers other words instead of the one you'd prefer. Luckily, you can edit or remove unwanted predictive text options. Here are three ways to fix iPhone predictive text. 

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How to Use Autocorrect to Fix Predictive Text

The best way to prevent unwanted suggestions from QuickType is to be attentive and avoid choosing the wrong word from the predictive text offerings, but if you do end up with unwanted words, it's easy to fix. For more great iPhone tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day

If you have just a few misspelled words being offered by QuickType, this is a good option. To use your iPhone's autocorrect function to fix a predictive text suggestion:

  1. Open an app where you can backspace and correct yourself, such as Notes.

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  2. Enter your misspelled word, then a space. A red dotted line will appear under the misspelled word.

    incorrect spelling on iphone
  3. Backspace until a black bubble appears offering the correct spelling.
  4. Tap the black bubble to correct the word.

    black bubble suggests correct spelling

Eventually, the predictive text feature should learn the word that you actually prefer, but the misspelling will still be offered for the first few times.

How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts to Fix Predictive Text

A second way to fix the problem, especially if there are just a few words that you need to correct, is to create keyboard shortcuts, so that the incorrect or unwanted word becomes a keyboard shortcut for the correct word. 

Related: How to Turn off Predictive Text Completely on Your iPhone

How to Reset Your iPhone Keyboard to Fix Predictive Text

The third way to fix predictive text errors is the most extreme, and I wouldn't do it unless predictive text is so messed up it's become a chronic issue. Once you reset your keyboard dictionary, you'll start from scratch and lose all the tailor-made suggestions your iPhone has accumulated for you over the months or years. If you decide to reset your keyboard dictionary, here's how:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.

    iphone settings app
  2. Scroll down and tap General.

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  3. Scroll down and tap Reset.

    reset iphone settings
  4. Tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary.

    reset iphone keyboard dictionary

That's it! Now you can start from the ground up with your keyboard's predictive text function, and hopefully have better results in the future.

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.