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AppleHow to enable auto-capitalization on iPhone explained

How to enable auto-capitalization on iPhone explained

The default iOS keyboard has a setting that automatically capitalizes a new word that is typed after the end of a sentence. This automatic capitalization is applied to the first character of any word typed after a period, and while many iPhone and iPad users like this feature because it speeds up typing on the iOS keyboard, some users may not like it.

Keep in mind that the automatic capitalization feature is different from the autocorrect feature on the iPhone and iPad, although many users confuse the two. In fact, they are two different functions controlled by two different settings.

So, if you want to enable automatic capitalization on your iPhone, here is how to do this.

How to enable auto-capitalization on iPhone

If you want to enable automatic capitalization of words at the beginning of a sentence or after a period, which is the default setting in iOS, you need to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open the “Settings” app on your iOS device.
  • After that, go to the “General” menu and select “Keyboards”.
  • Finally, find the “Auto-Capitalization” option under the “All Keyboards” section and switch it on.

You can have separate settings for iOS keyboards that are hardware versus on-screen software keyboards, but this distinction really only applies mostly to iPad users who use hardware keyboards. On the other hand, if you want consistency in your keyboard usage, you can make changes in both places.

How to disable auto-capitalization on iPhone

If you want to disable automatic capitalization of words at the beginning of a sentence or after a period, which is the default setting in iOS, you need to follow these steps:

  • First of all, open the “Settings” app on your iOS device.
  • After that, go to the “General” menu and select “Keyboards”.
  • Finally, find the “Auto-Capitalization” option under the “All Keyboards” section and switch it off.

Once you have completed these steps, don’t forget to exit from the settings menu.

Now when you finish a sentence and start a new one, or when you insert a period and type a word, the letter beginning with the word will not automatically be capitalized by default. Whether this option is turned off or on will depend entirely on personal preference, so use whichever you prefer on your iPhone or iPad.

If you are using an iPad with an external keyboard, you may have noticed that settings changes are not carried over when using the hardware keyboard. This is because there are actually different settings specific to the hardware keyboards connected to the iPad, so if you want to apply the changes to the hardware keyboard as well, go to the hardware keyboard settings, where you can also disable autocorrect on the iPad keyboard hardware and toggle the automatic period setting if desired.

How to switch to a four-digit password on iPhone and iPad

As you may recall, the default password needed to unlock the iPhone and iPad used to be a four-digit numeric code. However, with the addition of Touch ID and Face ID devices, which make unlocking faster and more convenient, Apple has moved to a more secure six-digit password. That doesn’t mean you can’t use four-digit access codes anymore, as they are still available as an option in the settings.

So if you have a harder time remembering six-digit access codes, want to use a simple password for a child’s device, or just find it more cumbersome to use a long access code, and you understand the relative security and privacy risks associated with using a simpler access code, you can use this as an option and switch back to a four-digit password on your iPhone and iPad.

  • Go to “Settings” on the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  • In the settings menu, scroll down and tap “Face ID and Password” or “Touch ID and Password” depending on the device you are using. You will be prompted to enter your password before you can proceed to the next step.
  • After that, scroll down and tap “Change Passcode” to use the new password.
  • You will then be prompted to enter your current password.
  • You will now be able to enter a new password. Instead of using the new six-digit password, tap “Passcode Options” to continue.
  • Make sure that you select “4-Digit Numeric Code”.

You will now be able to enter a new four-digit password of your choice.

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