How to Turn Off Predictive Text or Word Suggestions in iOS 9

The gray bar above the keyboard in some of your iPhone apps displays word suggestions that your device thinks you may wish to use in the current context of your typing. This feature can help you to type more quickly and more accurately if you become accustomed to using it. But you may prefer to type without the assistance of this feature, and look at it as more of a space-wasting distraction.

Fortunately this setting, called Predictive, can be turned off on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 9. Our guide below will show you where to find this is the settings menu, as well as two other ways that it can be turned off or minimized directly from the keyboard.


Here is how to disable the predictive text setting on your iOS 9 keyboard –

  1. Open the Settings menu.
  2. Select the General option.
  3. Scroll down and select the Keyboard option.
  4. Tap the button to the right of Predictive to turn it off.

These steps are also repeated below –

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.

open the settings menu



Step 2: Tap the General button.

open the general menu



Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Keyboard button.

open the keyboard menu



Step 4: Tap the button to the right of Predictive to turn it off. You will know that the setting is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. Predictive is turned off in the picture below.

turn off predictive word suggestions in ios 9



There are a couple of other ways to disable the word suggestions as well. Both will require you to open an app that uses the keyboard. We are using the Messages app in the pictures below.

Tap inside of the message field of a text message so that the gray word suggestions bar is visible, then tap inside the bar, hold your finger there, then swipe down. It can be a little tricky, but it will look like the image below when predictive text is minimized.

minimized predictive text


The other option is to tap and hold on the language button to the left of the microphone and the space bar, then move the slider next to Predictive to the left. In the picture below, that icon is a smiley face, because I have enabled emojis, which is the only other language that I have set up on the device. That icon may also look like a globe, based on your device settings.

turn off predictive from keyboard


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