If you’re like me (and Dan), you’ve been putting up with your iOS device ‘correcting’ your spelling to American English even though you have your keyboard set to British English. You’ll also, like us, be amazed to learn that there is a very simple way to fix it once and for all: proper English auto-corrections and spell-checking, like what the Queen done talk. Stick with me to find out how (or to point and laugh if you already knew).
If your auto-correction or spell-check function keeps going all American on you (favorite instead of favourite, color instead of colour etc), then you have the wrong keyboard installed. It’s an easy mistake to make and here’s how it happens.
If you hop into Settings –> General –> International –> Keyboards you will find that ‘English’ is set as the keyboard language by default. Underneath it you may, in some circumstances, see the word ‘British’ in grey, meaning that in the sub-menu beyond this screen the British keyboard option has been selected. This is how mine was set-up, and I thought that this was correct. After all, it certainly looks it: it’s the correct language and ‘British’ is chosen as a sub-option. What else should you have to do?
Well, it turns out that ‘English’ here actually means American English, and selecting British doesn’t change the dictionary that controls auto-correction and spelling checks as you would be excused for thinking. What you actually need to do is tap ‘Add New Keyboard…’ and choose ‘English (UK)’. Once this option is added, you can then tap ‘edit’ and delete the (American) ‘English’ option.
Once you’ve done this, auto-correct will accept ‘colour’ and ‘humour’ and other correctly-spelled words, and the spell-check function will no longer offer suggestions like ‘favorite’ and ‘realize’.
We’re not sure how long this has been around but when I discovered it last night and showed Dan this morning, we both felt sure it must be new. I have since, however, found posts on forums offering this as a solution as far back as June, suggesting that this has been in place for at least as long as iOS 4 came out.
Did you guys already have the correct setting? Are we the only ones that didn’t know? Or is this a revelation to you as well? Let us know in the comments, but please: be good humored humoured about it.