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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!

  • 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.
  • What he said. Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3
  • Hi. I've actually been trying to figure out how to add words to the dictionary. Could you give me some pointers please?
  • 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.
  • Still no "how to make phone calls on your S5"? Damn! Posted via Android Central App on my Nexus 5
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Swype is still the best... PS. not asking for attacks by Swiftkey fans, just saying my opinion
  • +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.
  • Yeah personally i feel that other keyboards autocorrect is too interfering, and turning it off just worsens your typing
  • 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.
  • I prefer Fleksy and SwiftKey personally. SwiftKey is my preferred keyboard, although Fleksy is definitely getting up there as one of my favorites. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow you beat me to the keyboard. i'm still in the app drawer.
  • Hahahaha
  • How do you turn off the LAGG?
  • You turned off comments on the most recent article soooooo Android Central what're you doing....Android Central....staaahhhp
  • 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
  • Sounds like I would agree with you there - Predictive Text good, Autocorrect bad. So how did you turn off Autocorrect (as opposed to Predictive Text)?
  • 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.
  • Anyone know how to disable the square floating menu (not toolbox) it is annoying
  • The article tells you how to turn off preditive text which is not what the title says. Auto correct is different, i personally like predictive text but do not want auto correct. If you look at the screenshot above it is called Auto Replacement just below Predictive Text. Turn off auto replacement to get rid of auto correct.
  • Turn Predictive Text back to the "on" position. Go back to save. Now the Auto Correct below the Predictive Text is lit up and clickable. Click it. At top, inside the Auto Correct window, ......turn THIS one to "off". When you save (or hit back arrow), you'll see Auto Correct stating that there is "No Language Selected". This is correct and now you have disabled Auto Correct while keeping your Predictive Text "on".
  • How can I fix this on my Samsung S6? When I type "Im", I would like the predictive text or Auto Correct to assume I want to type "I'm". My old Galaxy Note II did this automatically. On the S6 "I'm" will come up as an option, but I have to click it. I want it to automatically correct to "I'm" as the default. (I've clicked the "I'm" countless times now, but it hasn't learned to make this the detault.)
  • Have you tried to type I and a space and then an m, It might recognise I m as I'm.
  • I turned off auto correct, I was going to turn off predictive correct, but chose auto correct first. I am trying to stop my phone from pausing while tying or then adding spaces or multiple letters after the pause. It seems to get confused or something.
  • Very helpful thanks much
  • Thanks to jbunderwood - that is PRECISELY what I wanted!