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How to Easily Add Special Spellings to Your iPhone

Hey there!

I love using “bb” for “baby” and other “enhanced” spellings when I text. Especially when I’m texting with VO2GoGo clients.

And my daughters.

But awhile back, I had to figure out how to stop my iPhone from dutifully trying to auto-correct everything I typed. There’s an easy way to force your iPhone to learn a new spelling.

It’s a little counter-intuitive, but it works like a charm.

Here’s how.

When texting, it’s often a time saver (and a cultural alignment) to abbreviate certain words and phrases. And as a VO artist, you might want to not have your iPhone insist on auto-correcting “protools” as “protocols.”

Some of those text-y abbreviations are already in your iPhone’s dictionary, but some aren’t. If you want to add some of your own, you’ll quickly find that there’s no “Add spelling” option when you highlight text.

So here’s a way I found to instantly add your own custom spellings to your iPhone or iPad’s dictionary.

First, open your Contacts app and create a new contact. Make the first name “Custom” and the last name “Spellings”.

Then, for the name of the company, add any of the custom spellings you want, separated by commas and spaces. I have “bb.” “protools” and others in my Customs Spellings contact’s company.

And when I am presented with another new one that the iPhone insists on correcting, I add it to the end of the list under Company in that contact.

There are a number of videos on iTunes that illustrate this. Here’s one of them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaZLOY8_w-I

And that’s all there is to it! You can now safely type away, knowing that you can tell your bb how cool protools is without auto-correction interruptions.

Hope this helps.

David

3 Responses to How to Easily Add Special Spellings to Your iPhone

  1. Craig Bruenell July 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    How is this better than Settings –> General –> Keyboard –> Shortcuts?

    • David H. Lawrence XVII July 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      You could certainly do that too, but I’m not sure those are good in all situations. I use Shortcuts as well.

      David

      • Maureen April 12, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

        Thank you for this! This is awesome! I’m so tired of having to correct “duck”, “botch” and “ahit”.
        What can I say? I’m a classy botch ;)

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