The keyboard on your Android phone is designed to get used to your writing patterns and style. It does this to make typing more convenient for you, essentially by saving unfamiliar words and providing them as suggestions while you type.
In this article, I’ll show you how to remove learned words from your Android keyboard so they don’t appear again. Sometimes, we mistype words and the Android keyboard still saves them and suggests them to us while typing. So to find out how to remove learned words from your Android keyboard, keep reading.
How Can You Remove Learned Words From Your Android Keyboard?
Based on your writing style and language, most Android keyboards recommend words and phrases that you are likely to enter next. However, this might become an issue if your mistyped words continue to surface as suggestions on the top bar of the keyboard, making your typing slow and choppy.
Here are a few easy procedures to remove learned words from your Android keyboard. These instructions will work for most Android keyboards including Gboard, SwiftKey, or Samsung Keyboard.
Remove Learned Words From Gboard
Assuming that you use the default Gboard app, below are the instructions you’ll need to remove learned words from your Android keyboard.
- From your phone’s top navigation bar or the gear icon, go to Settings, then click on System
- Navigate to Languages & input > On-screen keyboard > Gboard
- Choose Dictionary > Personal dictionary.
- Choose the language from which you want to delete words. Click the All languages option to see all saved words, or choose a specific language to get results for only that language.
- Click the word you’d like to remove and press the trash icon in your screen’s top-right corner. Keep repeating this for every word you want to remove from your dictionary.
Another easy method to remove learned words from your Android keyboard if you’re using Gboard is to wait until the word appears in the suggestions while you type. Tap and hold the word until the option to remove the suggestion appears. By doing this, you’ll stop accumulating weird and misspelled words.
Remove Learned Words From SwiftKey
Another popular third-party keyboard for Android is Microsoft’s SwiftKey. You can also remove learned words from your Android keyboard if you use SwiftKey, just like with Gboard. You can delete individual words or clear all the words in your personal dictionary in one go.
Here’s how you can remove all the words in your personal dictionary:
- Head to Settings > System > Languages and input.
- Choose On-screen keyboard > Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard.
- At the top, select Account. Select Delete personalized dictionary backup from the option that appears. This will remove learned words from your Android keyboard.
Don’t forget that you can also delete learned words one at a time, here are the instructions you’ll need:
- Launch SwiftKey from any app that has a text input window.
- Begin entering the term you wish to remove from your dictionary. Long press on the word when it appears in the prediction bar.
- A dialog box will appear asking if you’d like to prevent the term from showing up as a prediction suggestion in the future. Confirm your choice by clicking OK.
- A toast message confirming the word’s removal from your personal dictionary will appear at your screen’s bottom.
Remove Learned Words From Your Samsung Keyboard
There are two ways to remove learned words from your Android Keyboard if you own a Samsung. Just like with Gboard and SwiftKey, you can remove your entire personal dictionary or individually remove undesired words.
Use the steps below to remove your whole personal dictionary of words from the Samsung Keyboard:
- Access the Settings and go to General Management > Samsung Keyboard Settings.
- Scroll to the bottom and choose Reset to default settings, then Erase personalized prediction.
- Confirm your choice by clicking Erase in the dialog box that appears.
The technique for deleting misspelled words individually is the same as it is for SwiftKey and Gboard. Open a text input box and begin typing. When the word you’d like to remove shows up, hold it down and click the Remove option from the pop-up dialog box.
If you regularly make typos and don’t want them to be added to your dictionary, consider changing the autocorrect settings on your Android or Samsung phone.
How to Prevent Your Keyboard From Saving Words
There is no sure way to totally prevent your Android keyboard from learning your typing habits. You may, however, limit how much it learns by modifying the settings or turning off certain features.
For example, almost all Android keyboards have functions such as word prediction, auto text correction, spell checking, and voice typing among others. For you to have the best typing experience, these features use a lot of your data. So, disable these functions on your device if you’re willing to give up accessibility to prevent your Android keyboard from learning words and your typing pattern.
To conclude, there’s no need to get frustrated when previously mistyped words keep appearing in your Android Keyboard’s suggestion bar. Simply use the instructions I’ve provided in this guide to remove learned words from your Android keyboard.