Autocorrect suggests words and phrases in another language on your iPhone? Delete a keyboard to fix this

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iOS and iPadOS allow the use of multiple software keyboards, which can include those used in different languages and those used for alternative input methods, like Gboard. But you can run afoul of autocorrect suggestions if you’ve added a keyboard and accidentally swap between them.

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Autocorrect suggestions are based on the keyboards installed.

You can see which keyboards are active in Settings > General > Keyboards. This view typically lists your native language, Emoji, and alternative input keyboards. If you see a language here you didn’t intend to add and don’t need, swipe left and tap Delete to remove it. (Keyboards are added by tapping Add New Keyboard in the same view.)

Autocorrect makes suggestions for changing words and phrases based on the keyboard that’s selected. Especially in the new iOS, with extra territory at the bottom of the keyboard, you may accidentally tap the Globe icon. With only a single language’s keyboard installed and the emoji keyboard, tapping the globe swaps between the two and is noticeable.

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A leg appears despite the selection of the English (US) keyboard.

But if you have keyboards installed for multiple languages, you could be switching between similar keyboard layouts and see De acuerdo, Si, and No as options to tap instead of OK, Yes, and No. One Macworld reader found that English words were suggesting associated emoji—in Dutch! If he typed “been” in English, the keyboard suggested a leg, as “been” is Dutch for leg.

This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader David.

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