When typing on an Android device, your spelling is checked automatically and replacement words are suggested. If you don’t select a word in the list of suggestions, a default word is used to replace what the system thinks is a misspelled word.

However, what if the word is not misspelled? The auto-correction feature in Android can be useful at times, but it may also be a hindrance. It’s easy to adjust the aggressiveness of the feature or to turn it completely off, and we’ll show you how on a Nexus 7, which runs a stock Android system, using the standard Google keyboard.

Swipe down from the right side of the status bar at the top of the screen. Touch the “Settings” button.

On the “Settings” screen, touch “Language & input” in the “Personal” section.

In the “Keyboard & Input Methods” section of the “Language & input” screen, touch the Quick Settings icon to the right of the Google Keyboard.

The “Google Keyboard Settings” screen displays. Touch the “Auto-correction” option.

On the “Auto-correction” dialog box, select how aggressive you want the system to be when it checks and automatically corrects your spelling and typos. To completely turn off the auto-correction feature, touch the radio button to the right of “Off.” You are automatically returned to the “Google Keyboard Settings” screen.

Press the “Back” button on your device three times to return to the Home screen. If you’ve turned the feature off, the system will no longer automatically correct your typing. So, remember that you’ll have to correct your own spelling mistakes and typos.

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