How To Remove Learned Words From A Keyboard on Android

NerdsChalk Staff

One of the benefits of writing on mobile devices over the desktop is the use of personalized data on mobile devices. Mobile devices over time learn new words and adapt to your writing style. This also helps in improving the prediction results. However, this blessing can often turn into a curse.

Since mobile keyboards learn new words every day, they end up learning our misspelled words as well. This can be quite annoying as you would get your misspelled words in your prediction bar. And with time, the word prediction system itself becomes inefficient.

If you are struggling with bad predictions and want to omit those misspelled words or even start afresh with no learned word predictions, we have a couple of tips that might suit you.

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Delete words from Gboard

Gboard is one of the keyboards that most Andriod devices have by default. If you are using the Gboard then removing saved words and word suggestions from it is pretty simple.

Method #1: Delete from the keyboard 

Launch the keyboard by tapping on the text field of any app. 

Once the keyboard opens you can type the word you want to delete. 

The word may get prompted even before you are done typing it. 

Long press on the word in the text suggestion bar. 

You will be able to see a trash can with “Remove suggestion” written above it. 

Slide the word to the trashcan for the word to get removed from your keyboard. 

Once the suggestion is removed it will not appear again as a suggestion while you type. 

Method #2: Delete from Personal Dictionary 

If you have added a word to your personal dictionary that you want to remove then you can access it in two ways. 

#1. Though keyboard settings

When your keyboard is open you can press the settings icon on the bar above the keyboard. 

This will take you to the keyboard settings. 

#2. Through the device settings

If you want to access your personal dictionary without launching the keyboard then you need to open your device settings. 

Scroll down and ta on System. 

From the System menu, go to Language & input. 

Tap on Virtual Keyboard. 

Tap on Gboard from the list of keyboards. 

This will take you to the keyboard settings. 

In the keyboard settings, tap on Dictionary. 

You need to then open Personal Dictionary. 

You will be shown the languages that you have set as default. 

Tap on the language dictionary from which you want to remove the word. 

You will see the list of words saved in the dictionary.

Tappin on any word will allow you to edit or remove the word. To remove the word you need to tap the trash can icon on the top right corner. 

Note: You cannot remove multiple words together from the dictionary. You have to individually delete the words by first tapping on them and then tapping on the delete icon. 

Method #3: Delete all learned words from Gboard 

To delete all the words that Gboard has learned you need to clear all the data it has saved. 

You need to open the Gboard settings either from the keyboard or from the device settings as elaborated above. 

Once you have the Gboard settings open you need to tap on Advanced.

Tap on “Delete learned words and data”. 

You will be asked to enter a number to confirm the deletion. 

Once you enter the number all the learned words will be removed. 

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Delete words from Samsung keyboard

Method #1: Delete all learned words

Open the Settings app on your Samsung phone and navigate to General management. Now, tap Language and input.

Tap on On-screen keyboards.

Now, select Samsung Keyboard from the list of keyboards.

Tap Reset to default settings.

Tap on Erase personalized predictions.

Tap Erase to confirm the action.

Method #2: Delete a specific word

Similar to Gboard, touch and hold the word you want to delete. You will get a pop-up asking you whether you want to remove the word. Hit “OK” to confirm.

That’s all.

Delete words from SwiftKey

Microsoft Swiftkey is another keyboard that is by default available on most Android devices.

Method #1: Delete from the keyboard

Deleting a word from the text prediction bar is pretty simple. 

First, you need to launch the keyboard by tapping on a text field. 

Now start typing the word you want to remove. 

Once you spot the word you can long-press on it. 

This will give you a dialogue box asking if you want to remove the word from being predicted again. 

If you press OK the word will be removed from text prediction. 

Method #2: Delete all learned words from Swiftkey

If you want to remove all the learned words that the keyboard has picked up then you need to first open the Swiftkey settings. 

For this, you can simply tap on the Settings icon (Gear) on the Swiftkey keyboard. Another way to do this is to go to the device’s Settings > System > Language & input > Virtual Keyboard > Microsoft Swiftkey Keyboard. 

Once the keyboard settings screen is open, tap on Typing. 

Scroll down and tap on Clear typing data.

A dialogue box will ask if you want to continue. 

Hit continue to remove all the learned words by the keyboard.

Delete words from Grammarly

Open the Grammarly Companion app on your Android device and tap on ‘Grammarly Settings’.

Now tap on ‘Manage personal dictionary’ at the bottom of your screen.

Scroll to find the word you wish to remove or use the search bar at the top.

Once found, swipe to the left on your word until it exits your screen.

And that’s it! Your selected word will now be removed from your personal dictionary in Grammarly and it won’t be suggested in your suggestions anymore.

Delete words from your Android device itself

If you want to remove words saved to your device’s personal dictionary you do not need to open the keyboard. 

Open the Settings app on your Android device. Tap on System. 

Open Language & input. 

Tap on Personal Dictionary under Tools. 

Here you will see the dictionaries of different languages that you use on your device. Tap on the language where the word you want to remove is saved. 

Tap on the word to edit it.

Then tap the delete icon to remove the word from your dictionary. 

This is how you can prevent your device from prompting a word that you do not want to see.

14 comments
  1. I’ve been looking everywhere for this, now I can fix my phones weird predictions! is their a way this can be done on ios (iPad Air). Thanks.

  2. I’ve been looking everywhere for this, now I can fix my phones weird predictions! is their a way this can be done on ios (iPad Air). Thanks.

  3. LIES!!! The Samsung Keyboard instructions are incorrect…
    Here’s how it’s done for the S8

    ((((((((((Long Way))))))))))
    From home screen, swipe down and Click:
    -the setting sprocket (or setting icon)
    -General Management
    -Language and Inputs
    -On-Screen Keyboard
    -Samsung Keyboard
    -Reset To Default Settings
    -Clear Personalized Data

    ((((((Short Way))))))

    From the Keyboard, Click:
    -the “setting” sprocket icon
    -Reset To Default Settings
    -Clear Personalized Data

  4. LIES!!! The Samsung Keyboard instructions are incorrect…
    Here’s how it’s done for the S8

    ((((((((((Long Way))))))))))
    From home screen, swipe down and Click:
    -the setting sprocket (or setting icon)
    -General Management
    -Language and Inputs
    -On-Screen Keyboard
    -Samsung Keyboard
    -Reset To Default Settings
    -Clear Personalized Data

    ((((((Short Way))))))

    From the Keyboard, Click:
    -the “setting” sprocket icon
    -Reset To Default Settings
    -Clear Personalized Data

  5. it doesn’t work on my lg g6 phone, cannot hold the word and then remove, i do not have that option and the misspelled words do not appear in my personal dictionary. however they still appear as suggested words… how do i get rid of them?

  6. it doesn’t work on my lg g6 phone, cannot hold the word and then remove, i do not have that option and the misspelled words do not appear in my personal dictionary. however they still appear as suggested words… how do i get rid of them?

  7. I can’t find where to delete words on my LG Spirit. Tap & hold won’t reveal an option to delete a word (only displays more suggestions). Can’t find it in the keyboard settings either (I can only clear everything). I’m using Android 5.0.1.

  8. I can’t find where to delete words on my LG Spirit. Tap & hold won’t reveal an option to delete a word (only displays more suggestions). Can’t find it in the keyboard settings either (I can only clear everything). I’m using Android 5.0.1.

  9. It only works temporarily. The very next time you try to use it, the suggested word pops up again. So, that delete suggestion option only works for the current sentence.

  10. >Settings
    >General Management
    >Language and Input
    >Onscreen Keyboard
    >select which one you use(rinse and repeat for multiples)
    >tap chosen then delete the personalized data(it should promt you that this is the data collected for texting)
    >Exit to home

    This should fix the issues of misspellings and words you may not wantin your digital vocabulary any longer. This has been done on a S7 and S10 SO id predict possibly, samsung has left this as is between these modles as well. And yes. Googles keyboard is in the list as well so again id predict this is the same or very similar steps for most android cell phones. Hope it helps.

  11. This would be awesome IF it consistently worked. I have the Samsung keyboard. I’ve known about this trick for quite some time, but these days, it just doesn’t work. After some time (not sure how long exactly, but less than a week or two), I’ll notice the words i previously deleted popping up again. Both with the pre installed keyboard words, and the words that I’ve typed inaccurately myself. I’ve spent hours just going through and deleting words that i don’t use, or just don’t want. You can imagine how furious i was the next time i typed “so” using swype, and “soooo” or “affo” appeared instead. If you can get to the bottom of this glitch, I’d follow you forever! Haha

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