When I set up my iPad last year I entered my name correctly. The iPad wrongly autocorrected it to Alien. Now anyone who gets an email from me is informed its from Alien. Irritating. I don't want to turn off autocorrect though as its useful.

  • Check your contacts. Are you there under 'Alien'? Feb 12, 2014 at 16:26
  • Did any of the answers below help? If so, please choose an answer and close the question. Feb 18, 2014 at 23:16

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I'm not sure where you entered your name incorrectly.

If your name is entered incorrectly as a contact then:

  1. Click on Contacts
  2. Scroll down until you see 'Alien'
  3. Click on the contact
  4. Click Edit
  5. Change the name

If you entered your name incorrectly only in your email account settings:

  1. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars

  2. In the ACCOUNTS section, click on the account that has the incorrect information (e.g. Gmail)

  3. Click on Account

  4. Change the Name associated with that email account.


Do you mean that when you type 'Aileen' it is always autocorrected to 'Alien'?

My favourite way to fix this is to define a shortcut as the result of a shortcut is never autocorrected.

Go to Settings > General > Keyboards and "Add New Shortcut..." Set the "Phrase" to 'Aileen ' and make the shortcut something uncommon - I use ';' followed by a letter - so choose ';a' as a shortcut.

Now when you want to type your name then type ';a' and it will be replaced with "Aileen" and never corrected to anything else. As a benefit it is faster to type.


Here's how to change your name:

  1. Open the Contacts app
  2. Scroll to your name
  3. Click edit
  4. Edit your name

This should fix your autocorrect issue.

  • Based on the vague wording of the question, this is a very valid answer. Not sure why this was downvoted. Feb 13, 2014 at 15:19

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