As you type on your iPhone or iPad’s keyboard, Siri predicts what you’re going to type next and makes other suggestions based on apps that you’ve used previously and information from your apps. For example, if you type “My number is” Siri will predictive that you’re going to type your number, therefore, your number shows up in Predictive text.

Usually, predictive text words appear each time you’re typing something, but sometimes, it can disappear even when you’re typing in a text field. If predictive text isn’t showing up, there are a few ways that you can troubleshoot the problem.

The Reason Predictive Text Disappears

The reason predictive text disappears is that there’s a bug within your device that stops Predictive text from appearing when you’re trying something. A bug is a failure in the system that causes unexpected results and leads to the software crashing.

You need to be aware that predictive text doesn’t appear in every app that you use. Predictive text only shows up in message-based apps such as the Messages app, WhatsApp and Notes. If you try and type in any other text that isn’t message based, Predictive text won’t show up. That’s because message-based platforms require you to type sentences rather than phrases and keyword, therefore, predictive text isn’t needed.

1. Restart Predictive Text

The first way to troubleshoot this problem is to restart predictive text by turning it off then on. By default, predictive text is turned on, so you’ll need to turn it off using the keyboard.

To turn off Predictive text:

emoji icon on the keyboard

1. Hold down the emoji icon on the keyboard.

2. Click Keyboard Settings.

Toggle Off Predictive.

3. Toggle Off Predictive. This will turn off Predictive text.

4. Toggle Predictive On. From here, you can go back to the app and check if Predictive text appears when you’re typing.

2. Restart your iOS Device

If there’s a bug within your device, it can cause problems with other apps. If it’s interfering with Predictive text, then you’ll need to troubleshoot the bug by restarting your iPhone or iPad. When you restart your device, the system is refreshed and if the problem isn’t too serious, this might fix it.

3. Force Restart Device

If the software problem is your device is serious, then you should force restart it. When you force restart your device, the operating system is restarted and troubleshot for any issue. If any problem are found whilst the device is restarting, they’re repaired and this might fix the problem with Predictive text.

If you have an iPhone 7 or above:

1. Hold the sleep/wake key and the volume down key.

2. Wait for the Apple logo to appear

If you have an iPhone X or 8:

1. Quickly press the release the volume up button.

2. Quickly press the release the volume down button.

3. Press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo.

To force restart your iPad:

1. Hold down the Home button and the power button.

2. Keep both buttons held until the Apple logo appears.

3. Let go of the buttons.

4. Update iPhone or iPad

Download and Install

If the problem is still persisting, you can update your device. Bugs are always common in old software and this may be causing Predictive text to disappear. If you look at the description of most software updates, you’ll usually see the term bug fixes because updates are mainly intended to fix bugs.