How to Turn On Predictive Text on an iPhone

Typing on a tiny smartphone screen can often be frustrating, especially if you are walking and texting, or if you have large fingers. These situations can both lead to a lot of spelling mistakes, often to the point where your intended message is not clear.

One way to alleviate this problem is to use the Predictive feature on your iPhone keyboard. Your device will attempt to predict what you are trying to say, then offer possible options in the form of word buttons above your keyboard. Tapping one of those words will insert it into your text message. Our short guide below will show you where to go to enable this feature on your iPhone.


Use the Predictive Feature of the iPhone Keyboard

This article was written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. If you do not see the predictive option by following the steps below, then you might be using an earlier version of iOS. Unfortunately the predictive option was introduced in iOS 8, so earlier versions do not have it. You can visit this page to learn how to check the iOS version on your iPhone.


Step 1: Touch the gray Settings icon.

touch the settings icon



Step 2: Scroll down on this menu until you find the General option, then tap it to select it.

open the general menu



Step 3: Find and tap the Keyboard option.

open the keyboard menu



Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Predictive. The green shading around the button, such as that shown in the screenshot below, indicates that the feature is enabled.

turn on the predictive option



Once the Predictive option us turned on, you will see a row of words above your keyboard. Your iPhone attempts to anticipate what you are trying to say, and you can tap one of those words to insert it into your text.

example of predictive text



Do you want to be able to insert smiley faces and other tiny images into your text messages? They are called emojis, and this article will teach you how to add the emoji keyboard to your iPhone. newsletter
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