How to Disable Google’s Autosuggestion Filter in Android 4.4 KitKat

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By default, Android users are now protected from embarrassing autocomplete mistakes. Recently Wired Magazine found that, in Android 4.4 KitKat, words such as “panty” and “coitus” are on a 1,400-strong list of potentially offensive terms that the keyboard will not auto suggest to you. However, if you’re Dr. Ruth or you work in the lingerie business, having to type all these words out can really slow you down. Here’s how to disable Android’s autosuggestion word filter.

1. Navigate to Settings.

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2. Select Language And Input. You might have to scroll down to see it under the Personal section.

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3. Tap the Toggles icon next to Google Keyboard. 

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4. Uncheck the box next to Block Offensive Words.

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Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn Low
Cherlynn joined the Laptopmag team in June 2013 and has since been writing about all things tech and digital with a focus on mobile and Internet software development. She also edits and reports occasionally on video. She graduated with a M.S. in Journalism (Broadcast) from Columbia University in May 2013 and has been designing personal websites since 2001.
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  1. Oz Says:

    This simply doesn’t work, and never has. I don’t know what you did to test this, but even in 4.4.x, you cannot get gesture input to EVER use one of those 1400+ words. You can disable the filter in both the keyboard and voice input, and they are all still disabled.

    You can, letter-by-letter, key them in just fine, but you can never gesture input them.

    The issue has been amply complained about, and there are numerous articles like yours, none of which are correct.

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