Iphone messaging autocomplete function. Urgent help please.

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Sorry I'm new to Iphone and not sure how exactly this auto-complete function works.
I know that probably some of you will try to have fun with me after saying this, go ahead I mean I can see is a reason to laugh of me but at the same can you please answer a serious answer, I really need to know this stuff, so please help me out!

Long story short this is what happened:

My boyfriend (accidentally) find out some auto-complete messages that I sent. It seems that he had a lot of free time or something but she was playing with words and now he is saying that I've typing stuff that I haven't or maybe I can't even remember. So my question is, I would assume that the auto-complete function is a "memory function" to remember you what you typed in the past, right? I mean you could combine random words and not even close that what you actually typed in the past? The thing is that he found out that this combination "i love ya boy". I really cant remember at all typing that to nobody, he is saying that the only way "ya and boy" would appear as first option after typing "i love" is if I actually typed that in the past, is this true? Probably I might had typed "love ya" but i really dont remember typing "boy" to anybody. Maybe many many years ago, I'm I doubt it.
Can you please let me know if you have this automatic autocomplete in your iphone? He owns an android so is different.

Thank you very much! Thanks a lot for your help.
 
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me797

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Auto complete picks up whatever it thinks you might type next. The only worse auto completion is Skype.
First of all thank you for your prompt reply. I still would like to know pow does it "think" what I might type next? My BF is saying that he tried the same words on 2 of his friends iphones and that combination of words was nowhere to be found. So how can I explain why the follow up words are the way they are just specifically in my iphone?
 

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First of all thank you for your prompt reply. I still would like to know pow does it "think" what I might type next? My BF is saying that he tried the same words on 2 of his friends iphones and that combination of words was nowhere to be found. So how can I explain why the follow up words are the way they are just specifically in my iphone?
Totally random. When auto complete first came out, we used to send texts where we just kept hitting enter to see what kind of message the phone wanted to send. Some of them were hilarious.
 

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Totally random. When auto complete first came out, we used to send texts where we just kept hitting enter to see what kind of message the phone wanted to send. Some of them were hilarious.
Thanks again. But it's not random, whenever I type "love ya" the next word is always "boy". This means that maybe I typed that in the past? I honestly don't remember at all.
 

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Maybe try typing in I love ya honey and break that particularly routine.
If that works that would prove that I actually wrote "boy" at some point. I guess I will just to admit that at some point I did that but I really cannot remember at all.
 

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If you never wrote anything after I love ya, it could still come up with boy. I've never written "I love ya," so I just did. My next choices were "I, know," and "but." If your boyfriend has a problem with it, time to find a new boyfriend.
 
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If you never wrote anything after I love ya, it could still come up with boy. I've never written "I love ya," so I just did. My next choices were "I, know," and "but." If your boyfriend has a problem with it, time to find a new boyfriend.
well i guess if he doesn't understand then he can leave or do whatever he want, not going to apologize for something i didn't do. up to him.
 
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Thanks again. But it's not random, whenever I type "love ya" the next word is always "boy". This means that maybe I typed that in the past? I honestly don't remember at all.
Are you talking about predictive typing, as in the bar that appears at the top of the keyboard with predictive suggestions?
 

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So basically it can be random and get random funny results. My question is more about, why my iphone would have different results (and always the same result) in contrast to other iphones?
Not sure there's really a particular answer that someone would know.
 

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Sorry I'm new to Iphone and not sure how exactly this auto-complete function works.
I know that probably some of you will try to have fun with me after saying this, go ahead I mean I can see is a reason to laugh of me but at the same can you please answer a serious answer, I really need to know this stuff, so please help me out!

Long story short this is what happened:

My boyfriend (accidentally) find out some auto-complete messages that I sent. It seems that he had a lot of free time or something but she was playing with words and now she is saying that I've typing stuff that I haven't or maybe I can't even remember. So my question is, I would assume that the auto-complete function is a "memory function" to remember you what you typed in the past, right? I mean you could combine random words and not even close that what you actually typed in the past? The thing is that he found out that this combination "i love ya boy". I really cant remember at all typing that to nobody, he is saying that the only way "ya and boy" would appear as first option after typing "i love" is if I actually typed that in the past, is this true? Probably I might had typed "love ya" but i really dont remember typing "boy" to anybody. Maybe many many years ago, I'm I doubt it.
Can you please let me know if you have this automatic autocomplete in your iphone? He owns an android so is different.

Thank you very much! Thanks a lot for your help.

So was it your boyfriend or your girlfriend? One line says boyfriend, another line says "she was playing". You reference "she" twice.

What's the issue?
 

me797

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So was it your boyfriend or your girlfriend? One line says boyfriend, another line says "she was playing". You reference "she" twice.

What's the issue?
sorry that was a typo. The issue is that hoe can i explain him from a technical perspective that I don't necessarily typed that to anybody.
 

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I can't help you with your boyfriend :cool:
But, here's an article that can remove potentially embarrassing suggestions, and other behavior that auto-suggestions might learn over time. If you are the ONLY person that ever uses YOUR phone, then the only way those suggestions would come up, is something that you typed (or some other combination that you used accidentally, that you may not remember after some time passes.)
 

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Your problem is not with AutoCompletion. It's with your boyfriend. Either he trusts you or not.

Huge red flag that he has been spending time determining what your phone has typed before.

Get out now.
Yeah, this isn't even "accidentally stumbled across" leading to jealousy, this is just jealousy a priori, resulting in privacy-violating investigative behaviour that is being covered up with a flimsy lie about how he came to find out, which isn't just unacceptable, but (as you said) a huge red flag.

Doesn't mean he's necessarily going to become part of the evening news one day, just means he's part of the fairly exclusive club of candidates for such cameos. Best not stick around to find out if he's going to settle for garden variety dee-baggery, or if it'll be one of those memorable plus-one performances that put toilet seat warfare in perspective.

Well intentioned advice along the lines of "get out now" is rarely heeded, though. Guess we'll see. ~shrug~
 
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