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The iOS spell checker works for me in all the iOS applications, but it doesn't seem to work for text I type in a text area in Mobile Safari. For instance, spelling errors are underlined in red for emails I type in Mail, but they are not underlined in red in the web-based Gmail. I am not talking about completion feature, but the red underline of misspelled words, which is new with iOS 4, as shown in this screenshot:

iOS 4 spell checking

How can I get spell checking to work for form fields in Mobile Safari like it works in other applications?

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While you wait for an answer, I would guess there is actually no way to fix this, even with jailbreak. While it should be possible, I don't believe anyone bothered to do it. –  Cawas Mar 11 '11 at 16:16
@Cawas, unfortunately, I think you're right ;). So I would suggest that you post this as an answer. This isn't the answer I was hoping for, but it looks like this is this correct answer. –  Alessandro Vernet Mar 14 '11 at 21:21

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It looks like it's indeed a hole in iphone's safari. I'm not sure if it was always like that or if it's a new undocumented feature that might soon go away.

But meanwhile you can try using Inspell if you're willing to jailbreak. There's just no other way to fix such an issue: it's either apple or cydia.

Another option, if the error occured only in safari, is using another browser. But that doesn't seem to be this case.

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I think that has more to do with the way that Google coded their website, than it does with the iPhone itself.

Spell-check works everywhere else on the internet that I have seen while using my phone.

In fact, I just went on my phone and confirmed it works properly on a couple websites including the web version of Facebook.

I would be sending a bug request to Google instead of posting here. That would be much more effective.

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Sorry for the confusion: I am not talking about the completion feature, but the spell checker that underlines in red misspelled words. Then when you click on it, the spell checker suggests correct alternatives. This is a new feature in iOS 4. I amended the question to clarify this. –  Alessandro Vernet Mar 14 '11 at 21:18

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