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How to: Fix that annoying iOS 11.1 ‘I’ bug

Written by techgoth

It’s not funny anymore, Apple.

While it might be somewhat funny the first time it happens, it gets annoying very, very quickly. The iOS 11.1 bug, thought to be linked to Emoji, turns the letter ‘I’ into a Unicode symbol.

The bug still hasn’t been fixed and we don’t know how long Apple is going to take to patch it. As we wait, Apple has forced us to take matters into our own hands. There’s a very simple workaround using the text replacement feature. That’s a part of iOS you may not be familiar with, which allows you to replace shorter words for frequently used phrases – for example, you may set “omw” to automatically change to “on my way” saving you time, if it’s something you say often.

Here’s how to use that technique to squash the “l” bug:

  1. Open Settings

  2. Navigate to General > Keyboard > Text Replacement

  3. Tap the Add button in the toolbar at the top.

  4. Enter the uppercase ‘I’ in the Phrase field.

  5. Enter the lowercase ‘i’ in the Shortcut field.

  6. Save the text replacement.  

What this should do is prioritise your manually entered text replacement over Apple’s gibberish autocorrected one. If this still doesn’t work, you could try disabling the Emoji keyboard entirely as the new Emoji may be to blame.


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