The iPhone and other iOS based devices are often used for composing text messages, emails and other types of text based documents. When typing on any device, especially one as small as an iPhone, spelling mistakes are bound to occur. iOS has a number of options that will help you keep your documents error free.
Prior to iOS 4.0, the only native "spell checking" feature available to iPhone users was the device's auto correct feature. With auto correct, any word that is typed that is potentially misspelled is automatically corrected to match a word in the iPhone's dictionary. Users can tap the corrected word to see a list of alternate corrections or to change the corrected word back to its original spelling. This feature often corrects words that are not misspelled (like abbreviations and slang) or changes misspelled words into different words entirely, making it far from ideal.
Native Spell Checker
With iOS 4.0, iPhone users were able to use a native spell checker in conjunction with their device's auto correct feature. With spell check enabled, misspelled words are underlined in red. Users can tap the underlined word to view a list of the possible correct spellings and tap the correct spelling they wish to use to change the word. This native spell check feature takes priority over any spell checker apps that may be installed on your iPhone.
Spell Checker Apps
There are a number of spell checker apps, such as TouchType, Speller and WordBook, available on the iTunes marketplace. These applications give you the increased functionality of adding words to a custom dictionary on top of the built-in dictionary and also allows you to view the definition of a word that is entered. The downside of these applications is that the words often must be entered into the application separately from the main text document.
Disabling the Native Spell Checker
If you wish to use a spell checker app other than the iPhone's native spell checker, disabling the native spell check feature with prevent any conflict from occurring between the two checkers. To disable the native spell checker, open the "Settings" section of the iPhone and select the "Keyboard" option. From here, slide the "Spell" option to the "Off" position. You can also enable or disable the auto correct feature from this menu.
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