It’s probably not surprising that your phone has a dictionary programmed into it – how else would it always know how to correct misspelled words or offer you contextual suggestions on what you might say?
What you may not know, however, is that you can actually add and remove words from your dictionary on an Android phone. This is great if you are constantly annoyed by words your phone thinks you are spelling, for example, if your friend spells their name in an unusual way.
It is also very useful as it allows you to create shortcuts for longer words that you use frequently, such as your email address.
How to add words to your Android’s internal dictionary
1. Open the Settings app on your Android.
2. Scroll down to tap “System”.
3. From the System menu, go to “Languages and input”.
4. At the bottom of the menu, tap the arrow next to “Advanced” to open the Advanced Settings menu.
5. Under “Tools”, tap “Personal Dictionary”.
6. To add a word to your personal dictionary when it opens, tap the plus “+” button in the top right corner.
7. Type the new word you want your phone to recognize on the top line provided.
Optional: Type the link you want the phone to recognize for this word in the line below. When you do this, every time you type the link and then press the space, it will automatically be corrected with the longer word.
When you’re done, tap the Back button – the word will be saved automatically.
8. If you want to delete a word from your personal dictionary, simply select it from the existing words menu, then tap the trash can icon in the top right corner.