How to turn off SwiftKey keyboard's overzealous text prediction and corrections

How to turn off SwiftKey keyboard's overzealous text prediction and corrections
Have you ever felt like you want to throw your phone against the wall when SwiftKey always corrects your words into something else you never meant to type? Granted, autocorrect mistakes are one of the great sources of entertainment these days, and SwiftKey prides itself in its prediction algorithms, but this habit of the keyboard is mighty annoying nonetheless. 

There is no doubt that SwiftKey deserves its place as one of the most popular and most downloaded Editor's Pick apps in the Play Store. Millions of users swear in its text prediction prowess, which adapts to your style with time, and there's barely a word you key in that would surprise the SwiftKey's algorithms. Until that moment, however, typing "zerg rush" turns into "zero rush" by default, as you can see in the slideshow below, and a bunch of slang transforms into something completely out of whack, so you have to recheck and retype each message before hitting send. 

SwiftKey recently went free, so many people will be getting annoyed by this for the first time. Bear in mind that, since SwiftKey is built around intelligent text prediction, this is not a foolproof method to stop the keyboard from displaying words you never meant to type, but it helps considerably in easing the road rage you get with the default settings. Here's how to turn SwiftKey's text prediction and corrections off until the keyboard has learned its lessons.

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13 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I downloaded SwiftKey and I love it after turning off the autocorrect. It reminds me a bit of the Nokia N9 keyboard.

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

i.downloaded swiftkey and used it for a day....after that i Uninstalled it..... i still prefer my stock xperia keyboard.... it has good word predictions and swype feature too...

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Swiftkey is such a mess. Swype and Google keyboard are just killers. Latter being surprisingly top notch.

4. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

swiftkey can set to learn new words. just turn off auto correct and everytime you hit space, it learn the typed word (if you turn on learn new words features). i often turn off auto correction and manually choose sugested word by pressing space or manually select from the selection if i want to use slang words. after a weeks and so, it learnt ur behaviour typing style with great prediction and you now can turn on auto correct on again just to assisting ur typing. remember, needs a full week of texting and typing so swiftkey can predict what you want to type with good accuracy.

5. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

This is exactly Swiftkey's pride. Disabling Swiftkey's autocorrect(and word-learning) defeats the purpose of using it all.

10. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

well, I said, first, u should let it learnt ur style of writing by disabling it's auto correct features for that purpose (to learnt how ur writing style, slang or formal or casual style), it is easiest way to let swiftkey to quickly learnt and prefent u to make a "miss auto correct is to disable auto correct BUT NOT DISABLING SUGGESTION, so it stills do autocorrect by choosing and pressing prefered suggested word or just let deafult action: space do auto correct. After a week or so, it is will perfectly adapt ur writing style even ur "own" word nor language. Give it more time and it fits u good, my friend. at least that's for android way.

6. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

For a person who types in 3 languages and for one of them I use phonetic mapping and not the original character set, SwiftKey is a God sent app.

7. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

For a person who types in 3 languages and for one of them I use phonetic mapping and not the original character set, SwiftKey is a God sent app.

8. Bukatorade

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I've been using Swiftkey forever and it's great. Keeps getting better. You can't use it for a day and expect it to learn all your unique dialect. Although it does learn quickly.

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

This is terrible advice for SwiftKey users. Why not just tell SwiftKey that you want to type "Zerg" instead of "Zero"? In that image of SwiftKey, the prediction line shows 3 words. The centre word shows the word that SwiftKey predicts. The word to the right shows what you typed in. If you want SwiftKey to accept what you typed instead of the predicted word, just tap on that word to the right. From then on, SwiftKey will accept that word. I don't understand why this article is telling people to turn off a feature instead of actually using that feature to their advantage. Does the author actually know how to use SwiftKey properly?

11. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Exactly! The predicted word is always the centre word and the new word is on the left and other close predicted words are on the right. If you want swiftkey to insert the new word instead of pressing space, select the word (on the left). By deselecting "spacebar will complete the current word" you'll actually end up slower in typing. The only instance where selecting "spacebar will always insert a space" helps you type faster is when majority of your words used are non-dictionary words.

12. JunkCreek

Posts: 407; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

and "helps" swiftkey learn ur writing and/or language (word prediction) faster, because it forced swiftkey to always learn any words typed everytime space pressed.

13. Boogers

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2016

I thought I'd post this here because turning off the auto-correct on the new Xperia X Performance is a little bit different than the older Sony phones: it starts at the home screen, not on the keyboard. It's not hard, but nor is it clear in the instructions; it's almost as if Sony don't want you to turn it off. :-) By the way, I love the auto-correct, but it's sometimes frustrating if you wanna swear a lot in messages. :-) Ok: 1) Go into "settings" on the home screen (the 'cog wheel' thingy). 2) Scroll way down to "Language & input", then select it. 3) Select "Swiftkey Keyboard" (the rest is quite obvious, but...)... 4) Select "TYPING". 5) Select "TYPING & AUTOCORRECT" 6) Then untick the box next to "Autocorrect", and that's it.

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