The default keyboard on your Android device learns new words and adapts to your writing style. This allows it to suggest words as you type. However, the keyboard also learns and saves misspelled words. To get rid of these misspelled words, you must delete learned words from your Android keyboard.
You might also want to delete learned words from your Android device’s keyboard if friends or family members sometimes use your device. When they type, they will see suggested words you’ve typed. If you don’t want to reveal what you’ve typed, you’ll want to clear this data from your device.
Google devices have a special option for deleting learned words from the keyboard, but most other devices do not. We’ll show you the method for Google devices and a method that will work on Samsung and LG devices, and other brands of Android devices.
Delete Learned Words From a Google Device
To delete learned words from your Google device, swipe down once from the top of the screen and tap the “Settings” (gear) icon.
Next, tap “Languages & input“.
On the “Languages & input” screen, tap “Virtual keyboard“.
Tap “Gboard“, which is now the default keyboard on Google devices.
Tap “Dictionary” on the “Gboard keyboard settings” screen and then tap “Delete learned words“.
A confirmation dialog box displays to make sure you want to delete learned words, since you cannot undo this operation. Enter the number on the dialog box and then tap “OK“.
“Cleared” displays below “Delete learned words” when the learned words are deleted.
Learned words previously collected and saved on your device are now gone. However, the device will begin learning words and saving them again as you type. So, you will need to clear the data for your keyboard periodically, if you don’t want the data saved.
If you don’t want your device learning words and saving them, see the last section below.
Clear Data & Cache On a Samsung or LG Device
Samsung and LG devices do not have the same dedicated setting to delete learned words as Google devices. However, there is a way to do the same thing that will work on Samsung and LG devices, and on other Android devices that do not have a dedicated setting to delete learned words.
We will show how to do this on a Samsung device, but the procedure is mostly the same with slight differences on other devices.
Swipe down once (or twice, depending on the device) from the top of the screen and tap the “Settings” (gear) icon.
Tap “Apps” on the “Settings” screen and then tap the menu button (three vertical dots) at the top of the “Apps” screen.
Tap “Show system apps” (“Show system” on LG devices) on the pop-up menu.
Next, tap “Samsung Keyboard“, or the name of the keyboard on your device, such as “LG Keyboard“.
On the “App Info” screen for the keyboard, tap “Storage“.
Then, tap “Clear Data“.
A confirmation dialog box displays to be sure you want to delete all the data for the keyboard. Tap “Delete” to continue.
Clearing the data also clears the cache, so both buttons are grayed out once the data is cleared.
Learned words previously collected and saved by your device are gone. However, the device will begin learning words and saving them again as you type. So, you will need to clear the data for your keyboard periodically, if you don’t want the data saved.
If you don’t want your device learning words and saving them, see the next section.
Prevent Learned Words From Being Saved Using SwiftKey
When you delete learned words from your Android device, the device learns words and saves them again. So, you must delete learned words periodically, if you don’t want them saved on your device.
If you’re deleting learned words because of security concerns, you might not want your device to learn words and save them at all. You can type in Incognito mode using the free SwiftKey Keyboard to prevent learned words from being saved on your device. This is useful when typing passwords or login information.
Install and set up the free SwiftKey Keyboard and set it as your default keyboard. Then, go into an app, such a browser or Notes, and activate the keyboard. Tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the upper-left corner of the keyboard.
Then, tap “Incognito“.
The first time you turn on Incognito mode on the SwiftKey Keyboard, you’ll see a message telling you that it’s on.
The SwiftKey Keyboard also shows that Incognito mode is on with a check mark on the Incognito icon on the keyboard’s setting screen.
When Incognito mode is on, the keyboard turns black and the image of a mask displays.
How does deleting learned words work on your device? Have you used any other keyboards that include a feature like SwiftKey’s Incognito mode? Let us know in the comments.