Does anyone know how to turn off the auto-complete feature when texting?

Sometimes I just want to text and not have my device try and tell me what I'm thinking. Other times this is OK, but I just want to turn off the autocomplete sometimes.

I looked in the phone settings (not very hard I guess...) and I didn't really see anything to allow this.

Anyone know how this is done?


I am using a Droid X.

  • You're going to have to tell us what keyboard you're using, since I don't think stock does auto-complete.
    – Arda Xi
    Oct 18, 2010 at 18:44
  • I'm not sure what you mean... I just got my droid a few weeks ago, so I'm really new to this game... I'm using the standard textmessage layout that came with my DroidX
    – EJC
    Oct 18, 2010 at 18:48
  • Maybe it's not called auto-complete... I want to disable the bar that pops up above the keys when you are typing. It resembles auto-complete, but to actually complete the word you have to tap one of the suggestions...
    – EJC
    Oct 18, 2010 at 18:59
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    I know you had your question answered, but I just wanted to bring up the fact that some phones have multiple keyboards available, i.e. my Samsung has the Samsung keyboard and the Android keyboard. I hated the Samsung auto-complete; however, when I switched to the Android one, it has auto-complete that is only activated when I hit the spacebar or use punctuation. Otherwise it uses the word I actually type. That's in 2.2 anyway. This is in Settings -> Locale and text -> Select input method.
    – Chance
    Apr 11, 2011 at 1:51

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The following works for me on an HTC Incredible. Hopefully your settings are similar.

Settings > Language & Keyboard > Touch Input > Text Input > Prediction. You should be able to un-check Prediction.

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    Ah, thank you. The settings are similar, but a little different. The path is Settings > Language & Keyboard > Multi-Touch Keyboard > Show Suggestions. I should have seen that, but I kept overlooking it. :) thanks!
    – EJC
    Oct 19, 2010 at 13:14
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    Yeah, I sometimes wish the settings were the same for all phones. Glad it helped!
    – gary
    Oct 19, 2010 at 13:53

I have a Nexus S with 4.0.4 and i have turned off Settings/Language and Input/Spelling correction, but when writing SMSes it still corrects me. Then found another settings: Settings/Language and Input/ Android keyborad -> press settings button next to this, then down you have show correction suggestion (i'm turing it to always hide)


For HTC One VX

Settings > Language & Keyboard > HTC Sence Input> Advance Settings > (turn off) Word Prediction.


For a Galaxy Note 3 Go to settings -> controls -> language and input, Click Samsung keyboard settings icon, deactivate auto replacement


I knew I had turned it on (autotype/autocorrect/word predict) since I first got my phone, but could not figure out how to turn it off, until now.

On my Samsung Galaxy S, I use an Android keyboard. There are keyboard options and typing options for the phone under settings in the app area, but none of those will change the features of the keyboard itself.

These features are accessed from the keyboard, on the bottom line (as it appears when you first start to type). There is a settings button (looks like a cog or a sprocket) next to the "Go" button. You will find all the necessary settings you seek to turn on or off all features that your keyboard does automatically.


on the galaxy s4 you can turn off the "predictive " text by going to settings in your apps. Settings...Language and keyboard. Hit settings (cog wheel) then turn off "predictive " text.

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    Your answer does not help, where is this "predictive" text, I do not see it on JB...?
    – t0mm13b
    Feb 21, 2014 at 0:20

Found it in Android, in Settings - Locale and Text - AutoComplete. You can still use the word suggestions bar since that is toggled separately.


As of 10/20/2014 for Android OS. Go to Settings / My Device / Language and input. Click the Settings icon for Samsung Keyboard. You will see Auto Replacement there with other items.

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    Sure there's a SAMSUNG keyboard on a DROID X (a Motorola device)?
    – Izzy
    Oct 23, 2014 at 13:48

Turn off tracing. This makes it impossible to disable the prediction part because they use same software bits. Then disable the prediction.


I have a Samsung Galaxy Glide. The predictive text feature can be shut of by doing the following:

  1. Open a text window like you normally would when you send a text using GO SMS Pro.
  2. On the bottom left hand corner you will see the settings icon which is the same as the icon for your phone settings.
  3. Hit this button and it will bring up a screen of settings that you can select.
  4. Uncheck the predictive text setting and voilà - no more annoying auto complete when you're trying to text!
  • oops. that should be left hand corner.... sorry!
    – JANET
    Aug 7, 2013 at 21:11
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    You should find your Caps Lock key above the shift key on the left side of your keyboard.
    – ale
    Aug 7, 2013 at 21:24

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