Fix Apple’s Annoying IOS Update “i” Bug With These Two Tricks

Updated your iPhone lately? Although you may enjoy the awesome new emojis that came with iOS 11.1, you may have noticed a bug when texting or writing photo captions: the letter “i” button isn’t working right. Apple and iPhone users have said that when they type the letter “i,” the software changes it to a question emoji.

That’s a pretty dang important character for the vast majority of phone communication, so this is a big issue.


Sometimes, users get an “a” with the question mark box right next to it when they type “i,” according to Elite Daily.

Regardless of which error you get, it’s pretty annoying. I’m betting Apple will put out another update with a fix for this issue soon, seeing as it’s a hugely fundamental error to have in a system that millions of people use every day!

But until then, you have two options to make sure your phone communication is accurate when using the letter “i.”

Fix #1: Text Replacement

First, you can set up a text replacement shortcut that will correct the issue. Essentially, you’ll tell your phone to type a capital “I” when you type a lowercase “i.” This is the solution that the company itself suggested to users.

Here’s the quick lowdown, explained in an easy format:

Here’s a more in-depth video that will show you how to set up text replacement on your phone. It isn’t specific to this issue with “i,” but it’s helpful nonetheless:

Fix #2: Third-Party Keyboard

If the text replacement fix doesn’t work, don’t worry—there is another option! You can download a third-party keyboard app to override the Apple keyboard and type “i” freely without issue. There are quite a few options available in the App Store, including GBoard (free), SwiftKey (free) and Swype ($.99).

Choose the keyboard override app you want to use and then install it on your system. As the Apple website explains, add the new keyboard by following this process:

Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add a New Keyboard. 

Once you’re there, choose the new keyboard you recently downloaded.

If you’re more of a visual learner, this quick tutorial should shed some light on how to install a third-party keyboard:

See, easy-peasy! And hopefully, Apple will have this iOS update bug fixed soon.

For other iPhone tips and workarounds, check out our posts on how to charge your iPhone battery in five minutes and hidden iPhone tricks you didn’t know about!

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