How to manage your personal dictionary (add and remove words) on Android

How to manage your personal dictionary (add and remove words) on Android
Please note: this is a tutorial for inexperienced users (beginners).

Android's built-in dictionary (you know, the one that helps you spell right and powers auto correct) is really comprehensive, but it's obviously not tailored to each and everyone's needs. That's why Google allows us to use personal dictionaries on our Android smartphones and tablets - so we can add new words, or names that we don't want to be flagged as misspelled.

Adding a word to your personal dictionary is easy as pie. Whenever you're typing a message - via whatever messaging app you may be using - if a word is flagged as misspelled (i.e. underlined in red), you can tap on it, and an option to add it to the dictionary will show up.

You can also add words from your Android device's settings menu. Go to Settings -> Language & input -> Personal dictionary. Then, type the word, add an optional shortcut if you want to, and you're done. All the words that you're adding will be visible when you access your personal dictionary. From there, you can delete any word by tapping on it, and use the Delete icon that shows up after that.

Our tutorial was done on stock Android 5.0 Lollipop, using Google's own Messenger app, but things should go roughly the same on older versions of Android, with different messaging apps.


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8 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Personally, I find the google keyboard to be a ducking piece of shot. I swear by Swiftkey.

5. uRiBiTo666

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

Agreed. You can customize SwiftKey alot. And stuff like layouts make it perfect for any device.

2. wilsong17 unregistered

I love the galaxy note serie keyboard not only that but since I brought the note 1 everything I typed has been safe.. so evertime I buy a new device just sign in and import

3. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

So far I'm liking Swiftkey (with certain things turned off) and Sense keyboard, though if Sense would allow you to change the long press settings then I'd solely use that. Google keyboard is a bit wonky with press recognition even on a fast touch screen.

4. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

thanks PA... I m coming from a Nokia 808 Pureview to a Huawei Honor Holly (with Android KitKat 4.4.2)... and i m not happy with the keyboard and it's dictionary... unrecognized or misspelt words were automatically added to Nokia 808 Pureview's dictionary, but not on HHH... i have to manually add them... question - how to AUTOMATICALLY add unrecognized or misspelt words to Android's dictionary OR which alternate keyboard allows my need

6. m4m1k

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

Swiftkey my friend. All thou desires shall fulfill !

7. Phyllis

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

I need to delete a word. Every time I swipe on or in it comes up with the word o.k.. How can I delete o.k. from my dictionary?

8. sethm1

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

When I use the microphone "okay okay" pops up! My dictionary page is empty, so nothing to delete!

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