iOS Text Replacements that seem to have no source

(Lance Rosenthal) #1

First of all, this is my first post to Tidbits, so I have no idea if this is the right group to post this. I don’t see any technical forms, so hopefully it works to post here. If not, please don’t shoot me.:wink:

I’ve had this issue for a while now and I don’t know where to go with it, much less know how to describe it.

When I’m typing on my Iphone, sometime there are the strangest auto-corrects. For example, sometime when I type “ing”, it will auto correct to “NPG”. This is the most obvious one. I look in General - Keyboards > Text replacement and can’t find anything like that.

Is there some secret location where text replacements are kept that are somehow remembered based on my usage?

This is the kind of problem that occurs once or several times a month, so it’s more of an annoyance than a nightmare, but still…

If anyone shares my annoyance level, maybe you can shed light on what’s happening.



(Adam Engst) #2

You’re absolutely spot on — TidBITS Talk is the best place for general Apple discussions that aren’t related to a particular article or TidBITS site feedback.

Is this more than just auto-correct? Is it turning “getting” into “gettNPG”?

The other place I’d look is in Contacts, since if you have a name in there, the auto-correct algorithm might get confused and think you’re referring to a person or company.

(@lbutlr) #3

The other thing is that the iOS keyboard learns from what you type, so if you use NPG quite a bit and you type “gett ing” it may auto correct that to “get NPG”.

And if it happens once and you don’t notice, it gets reinforced. and repeat.

I get many typos fixed to “word Ng” … sigh.

(This is why I find it amusing when people complain that they were autocorrected into something embarrassing and inappropriate. OTOH, in 11.3 at least it seems really intent on correcting to ‘duck’ no matter how often I tell it the word I want.)

(Lance Rosenthal) #4

So, I guess my question is … Where are these text replacements stored and
how can i access them and get rid of the annoying ones?


(Adam Engst) #5

Look in System Preferences > Keyboard > Text.

I don’t have that many because I mostly use TextExpander — some of these are the ones I want in both macOS and iOS.

(@lbutlr) #6

You can use emojis in there as well, and even the funky in line emoji-like things like ¯_(ツ)_/¯.