Your iPhone keyboard has an option called Predictive that can be turned on or off, depending upon your personal preference. When Predictive is turned on, there is a gray bar of suggestions above your keyboard that you can select, and the word or phrase will be inserted into your message. Initially it may seem like a bother that takes up a bunch of your screen, but it can be helpful if you decide to take advantage of it.
But the Predictive bar can be turned off or hidden, either on purpose, or by accident. Our tutorial below will show you the two places to look in order to restore the Predictive bar to its location above your iPhone keyboard.
How to Restore the Predictive Text Bar in iOS 8
The steps below were written using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.4. These same steps will also work for any iPhone that is using iOS 8 or higher.
- Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
- 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 to turn it on. The option is turned on when there is green shading around the button, as in the image below.
If it was already turned on, and you still do not see the predictive text bar above your keyboard, then it may just be hidden. Simply open your Messages app, look for the handle identified in the image below, tap and hold on the handle, then swipe up. It’s a little tricky, so it might take a couple of tries.
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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.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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