How To Turn Off Predictive Text on iPhone

How To Turn Off Predictive Text On Iphone

The iPhone predictive text button certainly has an advantage as it suggests words based on what you type. Also, it suggests phrases that may also follow the word.

However, not many people are comfortable with using the predictive text button. To some people, the predictive text button is intrusive and distracting. Hence, they will need to turn it off.

Quick Answer

To turn off the predictive text button, you should go to Settings > “General” > “Keyboard“. Then, toggle the “Predictive” button off.

Here in this article, we will examine how to turn off the predictive text button. Further, we shall see other ways to type faster on an iPhone keyboard without the predictive text button. 

How To Turn Off Predictive Text on iPhone

Here are the steps to access the predictive text button from your iPhone’s “Keyboard Settings“.

  1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Select “General” > “Keyboard“.
  3. Toggle the “Predictive” button off.
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Why Should You Turn Off Predictive Text on Your iPhone?

There are benefits of turning off predictive text on the iPhone. Turning off the predictive text allows you to send photos and music lists quickly, share apps, send emojis, and even send a recorded video. Hence, it enables quickly sharing media items and emojis when typing.

The image below shows when the predictive text is turned on.

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When predictive text is turned on, the words you type are displayed on the text boxes. This text box replaces the icons for sharing media and emojis, unlike when the predictive text is turned off.

You can only share media before you start typing or after you start typing when the predictive text is on. Hence, making the sharing of media slower.

The image below shows when the predictive text is turned off.

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How To Type Faster on Your iPhone

If you are very good at spelling words, removing predictive text will enable you to share your media, apps, and emojis faster. Hence, it will eventually help you type faster.

However, turning on predictive text is beneficial if you frequently make typing errors. When you turn it on, it will display the correct word you are trying to type. Hence, it will prevent you from making errors that require you to delete them and, in the process, take your time.

Nevertheless, apart from predictive text, there are other ways to type faster on an iPhone keyboard. Here are some examples.

Method #1: Turn On the Spell Checker

You can turn on “Check Spelling” when you go to Settings > “General” > “Keyboard” > “Check Spelling“.

Turning on “Check Spelling” identifies the correct word when you type the wrong one. It makes you quickly correct a misspelled word rather than going to your browser or your dictionary app to correct it. Therefore, it saves time.

Method #2: Ask Siri

Using your voice is incredibly one of the fastest ways to type. All that is required of you is to ensure that your voice is articulate enough for your phone’s microphone to identify the different sound quality and pitch.

To enable Siri on your iPhone, you should go to Settings > “Accessibility” > “Siri“.

Method #3: Enable Auto-Correct

Enabling auto-correct can be an excellent way to type fast if you are just learning a new language or frequently misspell words.

However, it is crucial that when you enable auto-correct, you should make sure that the suggested words are correct.

Cross-checking your auto-correct will prevent you from sending wrong grammatical sentences in messaging apps like social media messenger apps, email apps, and the iMessage app.

Method #4: Using the Swipe Keyboard

The swipe keyboard for iPhone can make your typing quicker. It requires you just to swipe the word on your screen when typing.

Why Can’t You Turn Off Predictive Text?

The grey bar of the predicted text still pops up despite turning off predictive text in “Keyboard Settings“. This usually happens for outdated iOS (i.e., iOS 13 and below). Hence, updating your iOS could solve it.

Quick Tip

Ensure that you confirm it is not auto-correction or “Check Spelling”. Auto-suggested words would still pop up even when you turn off predictive text. You can turn off the auto-suggestion in your Settings > “General” > “Keyboard” > “Auto-Correction or “Check Spelling“.

If you can’t still turn off your predicted text, you should try any of the following troubleshooting methods.

  • Turn it on and off, then restart your iPhone.
  • Turn it on and restart your iPhone. After that, turn it off again and restart your iPhone.
  • Turn off Siri‘s suggestion.
  • Update your iOS.


The predictive text feature on an iPhone keyboard suggests words for you based on what you type. It is helpful if you don’t have a good spelling of words as it shows you the correct word you are about to type.

However, not many people like the predictive text feature because it distracts them when typing. This article solves this problem. It includes ways to turn off the predictive text feature and other ways to make your typing faster.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I turn on the predictive text?

To turn on the predicted text, follow the same process you used to turn it off as given in this article. However, this time around, the predictive button is off.

What is predictive text on my iPhone?

Predictive text on iPhone is a feature on the iPhone keyboard that shows other suggestions of the words you type on your keyboard. It also predicts words that could follow each word that you type.

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