How to turn on and off autocorrect on the Samsung Galaxy S5

While autocorrect always has the best intentions, it doesn't always play nice with everyone. The Galaxy S5 is no exception. Whether you want to simply disable it permanently or just while typing something that may contain a lot of words it doesn't recognize, you can do so on any keyboard you have pulled up in just a few taps. Here's how, when using Samsung's keyboard:

  1. With the keyboard visible, tap and hold the Dictation key that sits to the left of the space bar.
  2. In the floating menu, tap on the Settings gear.
  3. Under the Smart Typing section, tap on Predictive Text and disable it at the top.
  4. If you'd like, you can also disable settings such as auto-capitalization and punctuation under the Smart Typing section as well.

That's all there is to it. Anytime you'd like to change autocorrect settings again, just follow the same steps. Keep in mind that if you have alternative keyboards installed through Google Play, the directions may vary slightly due to how different keyboards are laid out.

Have you ever found a reason to disable predictive text or any other keyboard autocorrect feature? Or have you just swapped the default Samsung keyboard out completely for something else? Let me know in the comments!

 
There are 18 comments

A2theC says:

Seems to be a lot of "how to disable Samsung..." articles lately. Must not use many of these functions, or know how to work around them well. My suggestion for the keyboard is either add the words into the dictionary, which can be synced across Sammy devices using Kies OR you could just switch out the keyboard to another/better for your typing preference such as Swype or Swiftkey for example.

Well written and laid out as always, informative and helpful to those who need guidance. Thanks.

savdini says:

What he said.

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

sweetinabug says:

Hi. I've actually been trying to figure out how to add words to the dictionary. Could you give me some pointers please?

David Henson says:

The S5 Predictive text *is* SwiftKey.
From that same "Predictive Text" setup screen, check "Personalized Data," scroll to the bottom and click on "Privacy Policy" that redirects to SiftKey's Privacy Policy URL.

Dissident26 says:

Still no "how to make phone calls on your S5"? Damn!

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+1

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AzharB17 says:

Swype is still the best...

PS. not asking for attacks by Swiftkey fans, just saying my opinion

TheDu9du says:

+1
I started with Swype, then I tried Swifkey but found myself tapping choosing from the top all the time (i think i was too used too looping and that might've been part of the problem, but gesture might've been too beta-ish at the time).
So by then Google Keyboard was available and I really liked how i could swap from languages, and use voice w/o using data, even though i'm not big on voice input.
Recently i went back to Swype just cause it was free on Amazon Appstore, and I haven't looked back. Even though i'm not used to looping anymore, i know i can rely on it to input the right word. Swype just gets me, i don't even have to switch keyboards to input words in different languages.

AzharB17 says:

Yeah personally i feel that other keyboards autocorrect is too interfering, and turning it off just worsens your typing

garment69 says:

Gotta say, the built Samsung keyboard is excellent for me. I just wish it would automatically return to letters after you add a punctuation point.

Dizfunctions says:

I prefer Fleksy and SwiftKey personally. SwiftKey is my preferred keyboard, although Fleksy is definitely getting up there as one of my favorites.

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TheDu9du says:

Wow you beat me to the keyboard. i'm still in the app drawer.

cjbrigol says:

Hahahaha

bsmoove69 says:

How do you turn off the LAGG?

cjbrigol says:

You turned off comments on the most recent article soooooo

Android Central what're you doing....Android Central....staaahhhp

Lainekins says:

Autocorrect is not the same as predictive text. I like the predictive text but this auto correct is changing my words without me saying that's what I want to do.

This is correct. I actually like the predictive text feature, but I hate the autocorrect. I kept the predictive text but turned off the autocorrect

C Agia says:

I often send emails in Italian. I don't need another keyboard, I just need to type in Italian! I did turn off the feature. Grazie.