Using autocorrect makes typing much easier on phones. Not only you can write words you don’t know the spellings of correctly, but it also compensates for mis-hits on the tiny keyboard.

But one day I had to write something using a pen and paper and I realised that I had forgotten how to spell common words. For example I had no idea if it was “absense” or “absence”.

Then I turned off autocorrect on my phone so that I can relearn how to spell words. I have gotten a lot better since then.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

@xarvos
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I use florisboard so there is no dictionary suggestion whjch is, as you said, hard to tyoe correctly. I find it frustrsting and sometimes too tired to correct them unless it’s absolitely unreadsble

@ksynwa
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Lol I use it too.

I use OpenBoard. FlorisBoard is actually great, but as is still at beta stage… But same here, I turned off autocorrect, just left it as “recommended words”.

Evan
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Incredible

@k_o_t
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phone keyboards are so small, that, in my experience, however good they are, it’s basically impossible to type quickly without mistakes, so i always have autocorrect turned on on my phone

however, i compensate for the diminishing knowledge of spelling by turning off autocorrect on my computer, works fine 🤷‍♀️

erpicht
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I hate autocorrect with a passion and never use it, reason being that it tries to correct variant spellings, names, and other unique words I use. I know adding mine own words to the keyboard’s dictionary would alleviate that issue, but I find that / predictive text eerie. I’m not so busy that I cannot proofread what I type, and I use any words I mis-spell as a learning opportunity, because it helps me remember it for future use.

I turn it off because sometimes there are a lot of informal words that I use in a casual conversation. As for dozens of broken spelling, I can’t do much, I just hate touch keyboard. Small keys, no feedback.

I much love typing on a physical keyboard. There was one time in school they taught me on how to use all of my fingers to type on the keyboard, which fingers are for which keys, it was hard to get into, but eventually made me fall in love with typing in keyboard. But generally physical/mechanical buttons are much better than touch buttons.

riccardo
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I’m currently using FlorisBoard on Android (I’ve been using it for the last ~7 days, so not much), and it doesn’t have words correction yet - so yeah, I’m constantly looking up words online (or briefly switching to OpenBoard). If I went back to high school, my English tests would be such a mess…

Dessalines
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Yep, spelling definitely improves when you turn that off, although longer words are annoying to type.

I’ve switched to messagease over the past few months, with autocorrect turned off. Its much faster and the keys are as large as you need them to be, so there are rarely mis-hits.

@morrowind
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My keyboard app has allows you to undo autocorrect with a swipe, so I generally leave it on. Allows me to type probably ~2.5x as fast.

Ninmi
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I’ve always had them off, and even after 10+ years I make the same amount of typos. I make almost no typos on a Japanese kana flick keyboard, and I’m wondering if I should get a flick keyboard on all languages and relearn typing on the phone like I did on desktop when I ditched qwerty.

@ksynwa
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Just so I am clear, the issue that made me turn off spellcheck was not typos, but forgetting how certain words were spelt.

For an alternative keyboard on Android you can try messagease.

i turned off autocorrect because i type in a language unsupported by my keyboard. its insistent correcting to English pissed me off enough to make me turn it off. if i ever mistype something, the suggestion bar is still there

I always turn it off. It’s literally never reasonably accurate and it gets in my way more often than it helps.

anna
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I use autocorrect because it lets me type faster

m-p{3}
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Always turn it off, but I keep the word suggestions enabled.

@greensand
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I’ve always turned autocorrect off before I could even get used to it.

It sure is tempting to type quicker on a virtual keyboard, but I still prefer typing out words letter by letter, mainly bc I find typing suggestions distracting.

A physical keyboard might be a better way to save time while not losing your spelling skills.

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