How to add words to an Android device’s dictionary

It probably comes as no surprise that your phone comes with its own dictionary programmed inside of it — how else would it always know to correct words that you’ve spelled wrong, or offer you contextual suggestions for what you might say?

What you may not have known, 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’re misspelling — for example, if your friend spells their name in an unusual way.

It’s also very useful in that 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 until you can tap “System.”

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Tap “System” in your Android’s Settings app.

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3. From the System menu, go to “Languages & input.”

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Tap “Languages & input.”

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4. At the bottom of the menu, tap the arrow next to “Advanced” to open the Advanced Settings menu.

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Tap “Advanced” at the bottom of the menu.

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5. Under “Tools,” tap “Personal dictionary.”

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Tap “Personal dictionary.”

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6. To add a word to your personal dictionary when it opens, tap the plus “+” button in the upper right corner.

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Tap the plus “+” icon to add a new word.

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7. Type the new word you want your phone to recognize in the top line provided.

Optional: Type the shortcut that you want your phone to recognize for this word in the line underneath. When you do this, whenever you type the shortcut and then hit space, it will automatically correct to the longer word.

When you are finished, tap the back button — the word will automatically save.

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Type the new word in the top line, type a shortcut underneath if you desire, then tap the back button.

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8. If you ever want to delete a word from your personal…

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