If you recently updated to iOS 11.1 on your iPhone—or have been on the Internet in the last few days—you know already know what this article is about. No, not the emergency function that could save your life or the feature that could stop texting and driving for good. We’re talking about the dreaded “I” iPhone glitch.
Every time you try to tell someone how you’re feeling, what you’re doing, or any other bit of information that involves the word I, you can’t. Because every time you type I (as in, an uppercase i), it shows up like this: A ⍰
Why does this happen? We don’t know—and neither does Apple. The company still has not resolved the software issue, leaving the rest of us to wonder when we will be able to send normal texts again.
Luckily, Reader’s Digest’s resident self-proclaimed iPhone guru has devised a short-term solution to get rid of that A ⍰ symbol, if for no other reason than regaining our sanity.
Go into your iPhone settings, and head down to the General tab.
Scroll down to click on Keyboard, select Text Replacement, and click the + in the upper right-hand corner to add a new shortcut.
Nicole Fornabaio/rd.comNow what you’re going to do is basically set up your own auto-correct. Capital Is look the same as lowercase Ls on iPhones. (See where we’re going here?) So you want to set up your phone so that whenever you type a capital “I”, it shows up as a lowercase L. Only you will know the difference. To do that, type an uppercase I next to Phrase and a lowercase L next to Shortcut.
Voila! Your A ⍰ problem is solved. Now you can safely type I without any fear of seeing, “A ⍰ can’t stand this glitch! What did A ⍰ do to deserve this? A ⍰’m going insane!”
Now onto your next iPhone hack of the day: Your keyboard has a secret mouse you never knew about.