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Apple in iOS 17 added inline predictive text for iPhones, but did not include a way to turn it off independently of predictive suggestions above the keyboard. In the latest iOS 17.2 update, that's changed.

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Apple has improved its machine learning technology on iPhones in an effort to make iOS a lot more helpful, and one of the features in which this tech has been deployed is inline predictive text.

Predictive text does just what it says - it predicts what you're going to type next, and offers to autocomplete it. As you type, the predicted text appears ahead of the cursor. If it has accurately predicted what you intend to type, all you need to do is tap the spacebar and iOS fills it in for you.
In previous versions of iOS 17, you could only disable inline predictive text by turning off predictive text wholesale – which meant you would also lose the predicted words that appear above the keyboard as you type. Fortunately, in iOS 17.2 you can now toggle off inline predictive text separately without disabling the predictive suggestions.

Turning Off Inline Predictive Text

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Under "All Keyboards," toggle off the switch next to Show Predictions Inline.
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That's all there is to it. The new option is likely to be welcomed by those who prefer a more manual typing experience or find inline predictive text suggestions distracting. Of course, if you find yourself missing the help that inline predictive text can provide, simply use the above steps to re-instate the feature.

Article Link: iOS 17.2: How to Disable iPhone Inline Predictive Text
 

Mockletoy

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I find predictive text very interruptive to thought flow.
Yeah, it was super distracting to me. You can turn it off on the Mac, too.

System Settings -> Keyboard -> Input Sources -> Edit -> All Input Sources -> Show inline predictive text

I don't know how anyone can stand it. It's like a bunch of flies buzzing around my cursor while I'm trying to write.
 

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It was driving me crazy! I not only turned it off on my devices but also on my MacBook Air. Go to Settings>Keyboard>Text Input>Input sources>Edit>Show inline predictive text: toggle off.
 
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Works great for me - it's a real time saver. The prediction aspect works well, especially anticipating likely multi-word phrases, and is usually what I would be needing to type one character at a time.

I realize I'll not be earning any forum cred stating the above. So, how about... Apple likes profits! Ooooooh...
 

CharlesShaw

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I like it, especially when using my external keyboard on the iPad where it’s handy to hit the space bar, but I’m only mostly seeing inline predictions in the Messages app.

edit: I wish it were available when typing in the MR forum.
 
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msackey

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Works great for me - it's a real time saver. The prediction aspect works well, especially anticipating likely multi-word phrases, and is usually what I would be needing to type one character at a time.

I realize I'll not be earning any forum cred stating the above. So, how about... Apple likes profits! Ooooooh...
I can see utility in text prediction when texting and other situations in which you're communicating in short spurts. But it is not useable, to me, for writing anything long. The mechanics of it interrupting thought is like this: every time a prediction comes up, you have to switch brain activity to evaluating whether what it is that it is indicating is accurate. This interrupts one's flow of thought for long things.

Even then, many of my texts with friends are long because we're engaged in long conversations. In that situation I don't find text prediction helpful.
 

flottenheimer

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All I want is predictive text for more languages.
Especially Danish.

So few languages for this foundational feature are currently supported by Apple that this is simply embarrassing.
 

clsmith

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Why don’t I see “show predictions inline” as shown in this article? I only see “predictive text”.

I’m on 17.2
 

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matsan

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Thank you for this article, I thought I was losing my mind when I read my texts and couldn't understand where all the words came from - it was me pressing spacebar triggering auto complete and didn't noticed it inline.
 
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I can see utility in text prediction when texting and other situations in which you're communicating in short spurts. But it is not useable, to me, for writing anything long. The mechanics of it interrupting thought is like this: every time a prediction comes up, you have to switch brain activity to evaluating whether what it is that it is indicating is accurate. This interrupts one's flow of thought for long things.

Even then, many of my texts with friends are long because we're engaged in long conversations. In that situation I don't find text prediction helpful.
I thought I was easily distracted, but this feature has no effect on me -- I'm usually typing right through any suggestion without interruption. But I have noticed that the suggestions are getting quite good at capturing my phrasing. Really, though, I'd appreciate a more convenient way to use proper punctuation. How is that a comma cannot be accommodated on the main keyboard?!
 

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I thought I was easily distracted, but this feature has no effect on me -- I'm usually typing right through any suggestion without interruption. But I have noticed that the suggestions are getting quite good at capturing my phrasing. Really, though, I'd appreciate a more convenient way to use proper punctuation. How is that a comma cannot be accommodated on the main keyboard?!
Well, I essentially don't use predictive text by ignoring it. I just type right through it. Having it on doesn't distract me since I don't pay attention to its suggestion. What I mean by interruptive is if I were to actually pay attention to it and then have to decide whether I press spacebar to accept the suggestion or continue typing without using its suggestion. It's this latter process that makes it terribly interruptive so I don't use predictive text for the most part.
 
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I can see utility in text prediction when texting and other situations in which you're communicating in short spurts. But it is not useable, to me, for writing anything long. The mechanics of it interrupting thought is like this: every time a prediction comes up, you have to switch brain activity to evaluating whether what it is that it is indicating is accurate. This interrupts one's flow of thought for long things.

Even then, many of my texts with friends are long because we're engaged in long conversations. In that situation I don't find text prediction helpful.

Sorry it's not for you. It's very fluid and natural for me.

If I'm going to write something long, I generally use a device with a standard full-size mechanical QWERTY keyboard; a laptop or desktop computer.
 

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Sorry it's not for you. It's very fluid and natural for me.

If I'm going to write something long, I generally use a device with a standard full-size mechanical QWERTY keyboard; a laptop or desktop computer.
Same here, except, there are many occasions when that doesn't happen. I'm a chronic insomniac and so is another friend of mine who lives several timezones away. In the middle of the night (my time) she might be texting me and when I'm awake and still in bed, I just tap away having an hour conversation with her. Not generally a time I'd like to get up to type at a keyboard :) That's one example.
 
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Populus

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It's disabled by Apple in EU. No inline predictions available still.
I was going to ask if this in-line predictions were only available in English, but if they aren’t enabled in EU, then I don’t care if it’s also available in other european languages…
 
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