Make your iPhone speak its auto corrections


Make your iPhone speak its auto corrections
Quick Mac Tip, 20 March 2011

The iPhone’s autocorrect is wonderful and terrible. Often it just magically corrects our typos, but sometimes it minces our careful prose into meaningless garbage. Here’s how you can at least get an audible alert of when it’s ‘correcting’ what you write.

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Turn on Auto-Correction.

Turn on Auto-Correction.

Turn up the volume

The point of audible alerts is to hear when your iOS device is ‘correcting’ your text, so first make sure you have the volume up loud enough to hear the corrections.

Turn on Auto-Correction

An iOS device only automatically corrects your typos if you have Auto-Correction on.

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Keyboard.
  4. Tap the button beside Auto-Correction until the word ON shows in white text on a blue background. Auto-Correction is now turned on.
Turn on Speak Auto-text.

Turn on Speak Auto-text.

Turn on Speak Auto-text

Speak Auto-text speaks autocorrections aloud.

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Accessibility.
  4. Tap the button beside Speak Auto-text until the word ON shows in white text on a blue background. Now your device will speak aloud any corrections it tries to make.

Test the vocal alerts

Now try typing some text, making deliberate mistakes as you go. You will hear the ‘corrections’ the device makes. When you hear something you didn’t intend to write you know to go back and put it right.

Test the vocal alerts.

Test the vocal alerts.

Since turning on the spoken alerts I’ve made far fewer embarrassing typos in my messages.

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