How to Disable Autocorrect on Apple Devices

Autocorrect can be a useful feature, but sometimes it can be more of a hindrance than a help. If you're tired of your iPhone, Mac, iPad, Watch, or Safari constantly changing your words, then it's time to disable autocorrect. In this article, we'll show you how to turn off autocorrect on your Apple devices.

Disable Autocorrect on iPhone and iPad

To disable autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open Settings and go to General > Keyboard.
    keyboard settings in iphone

  2. Toggle the Auto-Correction option off. You can also explore other options like Auto-Punctuation, Smart Punctuation, and Auto-Capitalization if you want to customize your keyboard further.
    disable autocorrect in iPadOS

Note that misspelled words will no longer be autocorrected but will still be underlined in red. To turn autocorrect on or off while typing in any app, simply press the Globe icon on the keyboard and select Keyboard Settings, then toggle Auto-Correction.

Disable Autocorrect on Mac

If you want to disable autocorrect on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Apple Logo at the top-left corner of the screen and select System Preferences.

  2. Click on Keyboard.

  3. Under the Text tab, uncheck Correct spelling automatically. You can also uncheck Capitalize words automatically if you don't want words to be automatically capitalized.
    uncheck automatically correct spelling option in mac system preferences

If you want to enable spellchecker for specific languages, select Set Up from the drop-down menu under Spelling and choose the desired languages.

Disable Autocorrect on Safari Browser on Mac

If you're using Safari on your Mac and want to disable autocorrect, follow these steps:

  1. Open Safari and click on Edit in the menu bar.

  2. Under Spelling and Grammar, unselect the following options:

  • Check Spelling While Typing
  • Check Grammar With Spelling
  • Correct Spelling Automatically

That's it! Autocorrect will now be disabled in Safari on your Mac.


Can you turn off autocorrect on Apple Watch?
Currently, there is no way to disable autocorrect on Apple Watch. We hope this feature will be introduced in a future watchOS release.

Should you turn off autocorrect?
Whether or not you should turn off autocorrect depends on your personal preferences and how you use your device. Autocorrect can be helpful for correcting typing errors, but it may also be a hindrance for those who use slang or abbreviations.

How do I get rid of the red underline on Mac?
The red underline below a word will disappear once you disable spellchecker on any Apple device.

Is there a way to ban certain words from getting autocorrected?
Unfortunately, you can't create a whitelist or blacklist of words to ignore autocorrection on Mac, iPhone, or iPad. However, you can create a list of abbreviations that will be autocorrected to their full forms.

Too Much Automation

Sometimes, too much automation can be a pain. While machine learning has come a long way, it's still not perfect, and software doesn't always know what you want. Thankfully, there are alternative spell and grammar checkers like Grammarly and Ginger that provide more control over autocorrection.

By following these steps, you can easily disable autocorrect on your Apple devices and take control of your typing experience.