Auto(Correcting) Your Smartphone Keyboard

Autocorrect can usually be your best fiend (friend) when texting. Other times it can be the cause of a few laughs or the need for an awkward explanation. Reviewing and changing the keyboard settings on a smartphone can help boost typing efficiency and even accuracy depending on your style.

Smartphones may have different settings, but they each give users the ability to customize settings to fit their needs. Phones like the DROID DNA by HTC offer a calibration tool in the keyboard settings to increase precision when typing. Samsung Galaxy S III users will find additional settings to customize predictive text so they can text more while typing less. Plus, there are simple shortcuts consumers can employ to text more efficiently. For example, utilizing the Auto-Punctuate feature allows users to easily insert a period by tapping the space bar twice and then continuing with the next sentence.

Many people have their own way of spelling words or using abbreviations that aren’t in the dictionary. Abbreviations like ”tbh” (to be honest) and “jk” (just kidding) may not be in the dictionary, so a smartphone may try to correct those to the words “the” or “ok,” respectively. There is a big difference between texting “I ate your lunch, jk” and “I ate your lunch, ok.”

Similar to smartphones, touch screen keyboards come in many different shapes and sizes. Android users have the option of installing and trying different keyboards like SwiftKey or GO Keyboard for a more personalized typing experience.

Customizing your smartphone’s autocorrect function and keyboard can create an easier, more efficient texting and typing experience.

Interested in avoiding autocorrect altogether? Check out these tips for sending a text message from a computer to a mobile phone.