Auto-correct is a nice feature, but sometimes it is more of a roadblock than it is useful. Fortunately, there is a way to disable auto-correct on the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Note 8 smartphone if you prefer to type freely without interruption. We’ll show you some options when dealing with this feature.
Option 1 – Add Words to the Dictionary on the Fly
When “Auto replacement” is enabled on the Galaxy S8 and Note 8, words are automatically changed to the word the device thinks you want to use when you press the Space bar. If this happens and you don’t want the word to be auto-corrected again, you can tap the corrected word, then choose the word as you originally typed it.
Perform these steps with every automatically corrected word the first time and eventually you will not be troubled with it any longer.
Option 2 – Turn Auto-correct Completely Off
- From the Home screen, select “Apps” > “Settings” > “General management” (if an option) > “Language and input“.
- Select “On-screen keyboard“.
- Select the keyboard you are using. Most likely “Samsung keyboard“.
- The “Smart typing” section is the one you are interested. Turn each feature on or off as desired.
This tutorial applies to the Samsung Galaxy models SM-G955, SM-G950SM, and N950.
Michael Farris says
Auto replace is grayed out. My daughter says something else has to be changed first. Any ideas?
Charlie Brewer says
Followed the steps above but My auto punctuate is off, but the text is still auto punctuating. It puts a period every time I pause for a half a second.
How can change Manage input language
I do no how to downloads
I don’t know why but i do not have the option on my phone under language and input. It is a Galaxy s8 so i dont know why
Paul Caesar says
Thanks, this helped me find it and after that it was an easy fix. Cheers
Very useful, thnks. odd how my S8+ changes it menus (options) settings aftr ‘updating’ each time, and my ‘language and input’ had been moved to bottom page in light blue under ‘looking for something else?’. and giving three titles. thnks alot
sad how cell ph nowadays make things complicated by making it ‘simplier\easier to connect’
S8 user says
“If it’s an option” … I have in my hand a Samsung galaxy S8. I can tell you it’s not an option. Does this mean that every S8 has different setting options or does this mean your advice is absolutely worthless to anyone with an S8?
Thanks soooo much this is my husband new phone I have a iPhone and forgot the note 8 setting
You’re a blessing!! I did not know about the auto-replace feature…back to loving my phone. :)
Thank you! thank you! This was very helpful, it was very annoying to have to go back and retype every word when using a different language.
Steve Davis says
I’ve been trying to shut “autoincorrect” off, from the day I got this phone, two years ago.
The Verizon store tech people said it was hard-wired, and there is no way to shut it off.
I have a larger vocabulary, and much better command of the language than their software seems to have, and the :feature: drives me nucking futs.
Thank you for providing this information. It is a sanity saver!
Mom texter says
I sooooo appreciated this help.! The auto replace was changing my ‘soooo’ to ‘’to poop” so my text changed from “I love you soooo much’ to “ I love you to poop much” and another ‘Mom autocorrect text’ would be posted as a funny by my daughters. It didn’t matter how many times I corrected this, autocorrect didn’t give a poop!
At first, I turned off predictive text, but that feature is useful as it is the one that capitilzes names and corrects contractions so that goes back on for me. Now I can use creative expression without the ahole sneaking in to screw up my text.
Kind of helpful but autocorrect on Samsung nowhere near as good as iPhone.
I hate Apple so I’ll never go back to them but they do autocorrect so much better than Samsung.
Like someone else said on here it would be great if it would automatically insert apostrophes for words e.g. I’ll, I’d, we’d etc
Thanks so much. I never would have figured it out without your help.
I hate the auto-correct, but like the spell checker. I did not find anything that would let me have one without the other. I use to have the S5 and loved that it would suggest words, but it would not CHANGE them. Also, when I am using Speech-to-text and I pause it automatically assumes I’m done and capitalizes the next word. I don’t think that fast, I have to pause as I’m thinking about what else I want to say. If I talk auto-capitalization off, it will not capitalize my “I”‘s. Other than that, I really like my S8
i have 2 language on in my keyboard, for my second language when i active my predictive on, i can not off my auto replace for second language…
how do i fix my problem ?
why this error was happen?i reset all setting for keyboard but i cant fix this problem
your a life saver. thank you.
Auto Replace does NOT exist on mine. UGH.
Great help, thanks. I wanted my auto replace back on. I must have disabled it by accident at some stage and it was driving me nuts trying to rectify it!
Thank you, very helpful.
This keyboard has been making me crazy.
THANK YOU!!! Easy to follow instructs. Like your site!
I could not find it in my settings, but you can get there by doing a search from the home screen for “Language”.
Did all that but i wish it would captialize i or put the ‘ in dont or were.. annoying. Love my galaxy except for this keyboard
Agreed. Drivng me nuts. Your instructions missed a step in finding the Samsung keyboard settings. You need to select “on screen keyboard” then Samsung keyboard.
Thank you very much
Linda Dawson says
Finally get rid of auto correct,since IT’S always WRONG.
AWESOME! That has been driving me CRAZY!
good lord thank you