This wikiHow teaches you how to prevent WhatsApp from automatically correcting your spelling mistakes. WhatsApp does not offer the option to enable or disable automatic correction, but you can disable the autocorrect function of your smartphone or computer to avoid correcting typos in WhatsApp.
Method 1 of 5: On an iPhone
Step 1. Open the Settings
from your iPhone.
Click the Settings app icon, which resembles a gear with a gray background.
Step 2. Scroll down and click
It's at the top of the Settings page, just below the bottom of your iPhone's screen.
Step #3. Scroll down and click on Keyboard
This option is about halfway down the General page.
Step 4. Click the green 'Autocorrect' switch
The switch turns white
. This indicates that your iPhone will no longer automatically correct your typos in WhatsApp or other apps where you enter text.
You can also tap the green "Automatic Capitalization" switch to turn off automatic capitalization
Method 2 of 5: On an Android
Step 1. Open your Android's settings
Swipe down from the top of the screen to close the notifications menu, then click the icon Institutions
in the top right corner of the menu.
On some Android devices, you may need to swipe down with two fingers to show the notifications menu
Step #2. Scroll down and click on System
This option is at the bottom of the page.
- If you have the option Languages & input or Language and keyboard on the Settings page, tap it and skip the next step.
Step #3. Tap on Languages and Input
It's at the top of the System menu.
Step #4. Tap on Virtual Keyboard
This option is at the top of the page. This will open a list of your installed keyboards.
Step 5. Select your keyboard
Click on the name of your default keyboard (eg. google).
Step 6. Click on Text Correction
This is at the top of the menu.
Step 7. Tap the switch behind 'Autocorrect'
This causes the switch to turn gray
, to indicate that your Android will no longer automatically correct your spelling errors in WhatsApp or other apps where you enter text.
- You can also disable the Auto-Capitalization feature this way.
- You may need to scroll down to see the "Autocorrect" switch, depending on your Android's screen size.
Method 3 of 5: On a Samsung Galaxy
Step 1. Open your Samsung Galaxy's settings
Swipe down from the top of the screen, then click the icon Institutions
in the top right corner of the menu that appears.
Step #2. Scroll down and click on General Management
It's at the bottom of the Settings menu.
Step #3. Tap on Language and Input
This option is at the top of the General Administration page.
Step #4. Tap on On-Screen Keyboard
You can find this in the 'KEYBOARDS' section of the page.
Step 5. Choose your keyboard
Click on your Samsung Galaxy's current keyboard (for example Samsung Keyboard).
Step 6. Click the blue "Predictive Text" switch
It's to the right of the "Predictive Text" heading at the top of the screen. This will turn the switch white, indicating that your Samsung Galaxy will no longer automatically correct your spelling errors in WhatsApp, or other apps where you enter text.
Method 4 of 5: On a Windows computer
Step 1. Open the start menu
Click the Windows logo at the bottom left of the screen.
Step 2. Type autocorrect
This will search for the menu for your autocorrect settings.
Step 3. Click Autocorrect misspelled words
You'll find this option at the top of the Start menu.
Step 4. Click the 'On' switch
It's under the heading 'Autocorrect misspelled words'. This will disable autocorrect for programs, including WhatsApp, on your Windows 10 computer.
Method 5 of 5: On a Mac computer
Step 1. Open Apple menu
Click on the Apple logo in the top left of the screen. A selection menu appears.
Step 2. Click on System Preferences…
This option is at the top of the drop-down menu.
Step #3. Click on Keyboard
This is in the System Preferences window. Once you do this, a new window will open.
Step #4. Click on Text
This tab is at the top of the Keyboard window.
Step 5. Uncheck the 'Automatically correct spelling' box
You'll find this option at the top of the keyboard window. This will prevent programs on your Mac, including WhatsApp, from automatically correcting your typed text.
- If you're using an Android, your keyboard options may be labeled slightly differently than they're listed here. For example, your Android has a menu item called Language and keyboard instead of an option Language & Input.