iOS Text Bug when type the letter “i”

Some Apple users are finding that typing the letter “I” autocorrects to an “A” with a unicode [?] symbol instead. If you updated your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 11 or later and find that when you type the letter “i” it autocorrects to the letter “A” with a symbol, learn what to do to fix it.

Apple says the bug is affecting devices including the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that have updated to iOS 11.1. Not all users have been affected by the bug though.

When trying to copy the autocorrected text, the paste corrected the text back to “I.” The bug seems to affect iMessage and other apps including Twitter and Instagram as well.

Fix iOS Text Bug when type the letter “i” and it autocorrects to an “A” with a symbol.

Update: The issue was fixed in iOS 11.1.1. To update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to the latest version of iOS, go to Settings > General > Software Update and tap Download and Install.

Fix Error #1: Text Replacement

This is a quick fix: Changing the settings for the letter “i” in your keyboard settings.

  1. Launch Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap on General / Keyboard 
  3. Tap on Text Replacement.
  4. Tap on Add (looks like +) to add a new one
  5. Type an upper-case “I” under Phrase.
  6. Type a lower-case “i” under Shortcut.
  7. Tap Done.

Fix Error #2: Third-party custom keyboard

You can also use a third-party custom keyboard from the App Store. Since 3rd-party keyboards can’t access the iOS autocorrect system, they can’t experience the bug. One of the most popular:

  • Swype
  • SwiftKey
  • GBoard

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