Were you looking at someone else’s iPhone and noticed that they have a row of word suggestions above their keyboard as they start typing? This feature is called Predictive, and can be turned on for iPhones using the iOS 8 or higher operating system.
Once you have enabled this option on your device by following our instructions below, you will be able to insert words into your text messages, notes and emails more quickly. If you decide in the future that you do not like this feature, then you can follow the same steps below to turn it back off.
Turn on the Row of Suggestions on the iPhone Keyboard
The steps in this article were performed in iOS 8.1.2. This feature was introduced with iOS 8, so any iPhone using a version of iOS prior to iOS 8 with not have this feature.
To learn more about some of the new features that were introduced in iOS 8, read this article from Apple.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the General option.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.
Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Predictive. You will know that the feature is turned on when there is green shading around the button, as in the image below.
You can then open the keyboard in an app and start typing. The suggestions will appear above the keyboard, and you can insert one of the by tapping the word.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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