How to add new words to the iPhone autocorrect dictionary

If your iPhone is annoyingly overcorrecting the text you type, here’s how to fix the problem by adding new words to your dictionary.

Let’s say you’re texting a friend using an abbreviation or slang term. This may sound normal to you, but if your iPhone’s dictionary doesn’t recognize the word, it can replace your friendly lingo with an official word that often doesn’t have the same meaning. It’s frustrating, but luckily you can change this state of affairs by adding a new word to the iPhone dictionary; this article explains how to do it in a few simple steps.

What you will need:

  • We used iPhone 13but you can use any iPhone

Short version

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Scroll down to General
  • Click on the keyboard
  • Select Replace Text
  • Tap the + symbol at the top right
  • Enter your word
  • Your new word is now in your iPhone dictionary

How to add new words to the iPhone autocorrect dictionary: step by step

  1. Step

    Open the Settings app.

    To get started, tap on your phone’s Settings app. It’s the one with the mechanical cog as the icon.

  2. Step

    Scroll down to General

    In the settings menu, scroll down to General and tap on it

  3. Step

    Click on the keyboard

    Now click on Keyboard option

  4. Step

    Select Replace Text

    From the keyboard menu, click Replace Text

  5. Step

    Tap the + symbol at the top right

    Now tap on the + symbol which is on the top right corner of the screen

  6. Step

    Enter your word

    Enter a new word and save it by clicking the “Save” button at the top right

  7. Step

    Your new word is now in your iPhone dictionary

    Once saved, the new word is in the dictionary and will no longer be autocorrected to something else when you type it on your iPhone


Why would I want to add more words to the dictionary?

The most common reason may be that you are using a slang word or a peculiar spelling that is not recognized by the dictionary and is automatically corrected to something else. This is a way around this problem.

What device was used to illustrate the handbook?

We used an iPhone 13 running iOS 16.

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