How to Get the Red Underline Off of a Word on Your iPhone

by Nick Peers

If your iPhone's dictionary does not contain a word you frequently use in your notes, emails or text messages, it will underline the word and suggest what it thinks is the correct word. This frequently happens when you use technical terms or Internet slang. You can't manually edit the iOS's internal dictionary, but you can use a workaround to make the device accept the word by creating a shortcut.

1

Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen to launch the Settings app, and then tap "General" to open the General Settings section.

2

Tap "Keyboard" to view all settings related to the keyboard.

3

Scroll down and tap "Add New Shortcut" to add a new keyboard shortcut.

4

Type the word that gets underlined into the Phrase field, but don't type anything into the Shortcut field.

5

Tap "Save" to save the shortcut. Your iPhone now doesn't underline the word automatically because it has been added to its internal dictionary.

Tips

  • check If you type something into the Shortcut field, the iPhone will automatically replace the word in the Phrase field with the word(s) in the Shortcut field as you type.
  • check To delete all shortcuts, tap "Reset" on the General Settings screen, and then tap "Reset Keyboard Shortcuts."

Warning

  • close Information in this article applies to iOS 6 and iOS 7, and Apple iPhone 5, 5S and 5C. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

About the Author

Nick Peers has been writing technology-related articles since 2003. His articles have appeared in dozens of technical publications, including MSN UK, CNET, BBC Who Do You Think You Are, LifeHacker UK and TechRadar. He holds a Masters in information technology degree from the University of East London.

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