Pred iPhone Predictive Text, Emoji Not Working, How-To Fix

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We love SMS! With the updates to iMessage in iOS in the past few years, sending SMS messages is even more fun and impressive. If our text or iPhone emoji keyboard no longer appears or stops working, we need a quick fix – and we need it now!

If you’re looking for more general information about iMessage and messages that don’t work, read this article.

If you find that your messages have disappeared, read this more in-depth article.

So let’s get started!

Quick tips

Follow these tips to make text and emoji work again for predictive text input

  • Turn predictive setting off and back on (and possibly other keyboard settings)
  • Reset the keyboard dictionary
  • Check if Emoji has been added as a keyboard
  • Delete the emoji keyboard and reinstall it
  • Send yourself an iMessage with a series of emojis to get predictive emojis up and running

First, the symptoms

With some iFolks, the text and the correct functions for messages and emails suddenly disappear after updating to the latest version of iOS.

With others, their iPhones and iPads often show spelling errors. Or the spell checker no longer seems to work

Some of our readers don’t see text prediction emojis appear when they type words that are commonly associated with emoji (words like heart, cat, auto – things we know to correlate with emoji).

Next up are the rules

For iFolks who love emoji, note that predictive emoji is only available in messages. This feature is not currently available for other apps, including notes, emails, and others.

Make sure you type your message first and then Tap the emoji keyboard.

Words that can be replaced by emoji are displayed in orange. Just tap to replace a word with an emoji.

Emoji substitution also does not work if you use a dictation to enter text. If you use diction, enter it manually to get suggestions for emoji replacement.

Finally The Cure (s)

Many of our iPhone and iDevice problems can be easily resolved by disabling and re-enabling text recognition and other keyboard settings.

iPhone Predictive Text, iPhone Emoji Keyboard Not Working, How-To Fix

Restart your keyboard settings

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Scroll down and choose Keyboard
  4. Move these settings to OFF
    1. Automatic capitalization
    2. AutoCorrect
    3. Check the spelling
    4. connections
    5. foresighted
  5. Wait a moment
  6. Now move this setting back to ON
    1. Automatic capitalization
    2. AutoCorrect
    3. Check the spelling
    4. connections
    5. foresighted

Go back to “Messages” or “Email” and check that the predictive text works as expected.

If your problem was spell check or automatic correction, check to see if these words were intentionally misspelled. Check if your iPhone fixes these issues.

Reset keyboard dictionary

One of the easiest ways to control spelling errors on your iPhone or other iDevice is to reset the keyboard dictionary.

iPhone Predictive Text, iPhone Emoji Keyboard Not Working, How-To Fix

How to reset your dictionary

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Go to reset
  4. Select Reset keyboard dictionary

Note that when you reset the keyboard, you will remove any words that you have added to your iDevice’s custom dictionary.

If you use your iPhone normally, add words to the keyboard dictionary by rejecting the words suggested by your iDevice as you type.

Over time, your iDevice may accumulate many words, including any words that you often misspell. If you tap a word to decline automatic correction of your iPhone, add that word to your user dictionary.

If you reset the keyboard dictionary, all added words will be deleted – the desired ones and those not added.

Did your iPhone or iPad learn spelling mistakes?

If your iPhone or other iDevice has just learned some of your frequently misspelled words, there is a quick way to get your iPhone to “forget” them.

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Tap Keyboard
  4. Choose Text Substitution
  5. Tap the plus sign
  6. Paste the misspelled word into the phrase field
  7. Paste the correctly spelled word into the context field

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text replacement

This function also saves a lot of time.

Create shortcuts for frequently used phrases.

Once created, the link is automatically expanded to the word or phrase you entered. Pretty useful!

How to create shortcuts for frequently used phrases

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Tap Keyboard
  4. Choose Text Substitution
  5. Tap the plus sign
  6. Paste your phrase or word into the phrase field
  7. Paste your simple alternative in the context field
    1. Spaces are not allowed, it must be a constant string

For example, I have the link “2t” for my favorite phrase “Let’s go!” Created.

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All about your iPhone Emoji keyboard

If you don’t see your iPhone emoji keyboard for you, or if you don’t see words related to emoji, check to see if you have one Emoji keyboard installed,

iPhone Predictive Text, iPhone Emoji Keyboard Not Working, How-To Fix

Add your iPhone Emoji keyboard

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Choose Keyboard
  4. Scroll up and choose Keyboards
  5. Make sure Emoji is listed as the keyboard
    1. If not so, choose Add New Keyboard and choose Emoji
  6. Return to Settings> General> Keyboard
  7. Make sure Predictive is turned on
    1. If not, turn Predictive on

On your iPhone and iDevices, the emoji keyboard must be downloaded from your keyboard list for emoji options to be available. Check if emoji is now shown in messages.

Test if your iPhone emoji keyboard is working now

  1. Open messages
  2. Tap the person you want to send text to
  3. Enter a message as usual, but do not press the send arrow
  4. Long-tap the globe icon or smiley face to open the list of installed keyboards and select emoji
    How to delete an international keyboard on an iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch
  5. Tap a word with an orange marker directly in your text message to turn it into an emoji
    iPhone Predictive Text, Emoji Not Working, How-To Fix
  6. If no highlighted words appear, your message has no potential emoji replacement options
  7. Tap the send arrow when you’re done

Note that some emojis have multiple potential keywords.

In this case, a pop-up window will appear in which you can select the desired emoji.

For example, the word “happy” has several options, so just choose the emoji that best represents you!

If emoji still doesn’t appear

  1. Go to the settings
  2. Choose General
  3. Choose Keyboard
  4. Scroll up and choose Keyboards
  5. When the emoji keyboard is listed, choose Edit in the upper right corner
  6. Delete the emoji keyboard

    iPhone Predictive Text, iPhone Emoji Keyboard Not Working, How-To Fix

  7. Restart your iPhone or iDevice
    1. Press and hold the sleep / wake and home button for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears
  8. Return to Settings> General> Keyboard> Keyboards
  9. Choose Add New Keyboard and choose Emoji

If your iPhone emoji keyboard still doesn’t appear

Okay, here’s a strange solution, but our readers report that it works. Go to your emoji keyboard under Messages and send yourself lots of emojis in just a few messages.

Report this adThen switch back to the English keyboard and the text recognition starts to work! I don’t know why it works, but it works. If you have any insight, please let us know in the comments. Thanks a lot!

Quick emoji keyboard tip

An easy way to get to the prediction slider is to hold the smiley icon or globe icon near the spacebar. A quick menu with options for turning shortcuts and predictive on and off is displayed.

This is also the easiest way to switch between multiple keyboards, such as English and Emoji. To turn predictive or shortcuts on or off, just turn it off and on again and see if that solves the problem.

No time? Check out our quick video tip

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Have you ever wondered what your emoji looks like on Android and other phones (except iPhone)?

We live in an SMS world – almost all of these days do some SMS from young to old. We also live in a cross-platform world where iPhones, Androids, Windows and some rare other phones send text messages at lightning speed.

If you’ve ever texted someone near you, did you notice that the emoji you received didn’t exactly match the emoji you sent?

Emoji looks a little different depending on the device, manufacturer and of course the operating system.

Give it a try and send a few emojis to a friend or family member with a different brand of phone or operating system. And look. What difference do you see between the sent and received emoji?

Emoji are variable (something)

So how do you know if the emoji you send looks the same or completely different to your text recipients?

There is no answer. It all depends on what device and messaging platform the recipient is using and what emoji fonts are used on their phones.

But don’t worry, there are usually pretty small emoji variations – more like interpretations than directly different. Therefore, your emoji is unlikely to look very different from your Samsung friends. Your emoji looks a little different.

Believe it or not, there is an organization that standardizes emoji. It’s called the Unicode Consortium and is a nonprofit in Mountain View, California.

This group approves all emojis, including all new emojis. And they dictate that every new emoji must be kept by its designers the same emoji core shape across platforms.

What that means for us is that messaging apps and smartphone manufacturers have some flexibility in designing emoji. However, the core content and shape must be the same for all types of devices and brands.

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The difference is good and fun!

It’s fun to compare emoji notes with friends and family and notice the differences!

You can even make a game of it and score for those who watch the variations for a particular emoji on an iPhone versus a Galaxy. This does not only apply to telephone manufacturers.

Twitter, Mozilla, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram all have their own emoji fonts.

Major emoji font makers

  • Apple Emoji as used on iOS, MacOS and the iMessage app. WhatsApp also uses Apple’s emoji font
  • Google for Android user interfaces, Google Messages app, Google Hangouts and Gmail
  • Emoji One is used for web apps like Slack, Campfire and other group chats
  • Samsung for devices with Samsung TouchWiz skin
  • Facebook for Facebook and Facebook messages.
  • LG is used on all LG devices
  • Microsoft for Windows, Microsoft Surface and Windows Phones

Check out Emojipedia to see the differences.

Admittedly, some of these variations surprised us!

The Unicode consortium also has a series of emoji diagrams that illustrate the different functions of emoji characters from different manufacturers in Unicode.

Even watching and getting to know the latest emojis will appear with their emoji candidate charts in the coming months. See what’s in the emoji pipeline! Who knew that so much work went into developing and maintaining Emoji?


SMS in iOS 10+ is so much better than in previous iOS generations.

Our iPhones and other iDevices catch up with the rest of the world and provide an exciting messaging experience with numerous animations, emojis, photos and even special effects.

So it stinks when our iPhone emoji keyboard is not displayed, when our texts are full of spelling mistakes or when our prediction texts do not work.

Hopefully these tips will get you back on track. Remember that with all of these extensive SMS features, we pay the price for the data that our messages now record on our phone. Read this article to make sure you manage your messages.

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