How to Disable Auto-Punctuation for Dictation on iPhone and iPad

Both in terms of accuracy and smartness, “Dictation” has vastly improved. Hence, you can count on it to let you type faster without having to deal with the software keyboard. To make your task easier, it automatically inputs punctuation so that you can dictate at your own pace. However, you can choose to disable auto-punctuation for dictation on iPhone and iPad, if you don’t find it helpful. Keep reading to…

Disable Auto-Punctuation for Dictation on iPhone and iPad

No matter how good an iOS feature is, it can’t claim to win everyone’s heart. That’s why it’s better to have the desired control over a feature so that you can turn it off/on at will.

  • On your iPhone or iPad, head over to the Settings app
  • Now, choose General
Launch Settings and tap on General
  • After that, select Keyboard
  • Scroll down to the Dictation section and turn off the toggle next to “Auto-Punctuation”. 
Disable auto punctuation on iPhone and iPad

That’s it! This change will be implemented right away, thereby preventing the software keyboard from inputting punctuation on its own.

Later, if you ever wish to reactivate this dictation feature, return to the same keyboard setting and turn on the toggle next to Auto-Punctuation. 

Though there is no dearth of third-party keyboards including the popular SwiftKey and Gboard, Apple’s QuickType keyboard remains the go-to pick for most. Thanks to the inclusion of several super handy features such as slide-to-type, one-handed keyboard, haptic keyboard, and predictive text, it makes typing a smooth sailing experience. 

So, if all you need is a fully capable keyboard to let you type conveniently, you don’t need to look beyond Apple’s built-in keyboard. Enhanced typing experience aside, the built-in keyboard is also more secure. That means you can count on it to keep your personal information safe.

As compared to other tech titans, Apple has a little better track record of preserving users’ data. Being primarily a hardware company, the Cupertino giant never misses a chance to enhance security and privacy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which is the best software keyboard for iPhone and iPad?

Ans: Microsoft’s SwiftKey is widely considered to be the best software keyboard.

2. How do you activate the one-handed keyboard on iPhone?

Ans: Just bring up the software keyboard on your iPhone -> Touch and hold the globe/emoji icon at the bottom left corner of the screen and then choose the left or right keyboard.

3. How do you add a new keyboard on iPhone?

Ans: Head over to the Settings app on your iPhone -> General -> Keyboard -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard -> select the keyboard and you are all set!

Next reading: How to Manage App Permissions on iPhone and iPad 

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