How to Turn Off Automatic Emojis in iPhone Text Messages

How to Prevent Emojis from Replacing Words in Messages

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Type a word in messages, and predictive text will suggest the emoji that matches that word. Many people don’t want to replace a word, even with emoji as cute or useful as the smiley face, thinking, crying, or tears of joy emoji; they simply want to include the emoji after the word. Luckily, you can add emojis to your messages without opening the emoji keyboard, then avoid replacing the word with a simple tap of the space bar. The emoji will remain in your predictive text suggestions and you can easily select the emoji to appear right after the word for it. I’ll show you what I mean below; here’s how to prevent emojis from replacing words in Messages.

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How to Prevent iPhone Emojis from Replacing Words in the Messages App

We've written several tips about the iPhone emoji keyboard, including emoji meanings, how to find the right emoji, and how to use emoji shortcuts. Now we'll go over how to stop emojis from replacing words in your text messages. First, you need to make sure Predictive text is turned on. If you don’t use Predictive text and you don’t want the option to type a word and get a suggestion for the emoji that matches it, you can also use this tip to turn Predictive text off completely.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General.

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  3. Tap Keyboard.
  4. Toggle Predictive to on.

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How to Stop Emojis from Replacing Words in Text Messages

Now that you've changed your predictive text settings, you can keep emojis from replacing words and, instead, have the suggested emoji appear next to the word. To do this:

  1. Open the Messages app
  2. In the text box of a conversation thread, type the word you want to use. If there is an emoji that goes along with it, it will appear below the text box with the other predictive text.
  3. If you type the word and tap the emoji, it will replace the word.

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  4. If you type the word and tap the space bar, then tap the emoji, it will appear next to the word.

    space baruse emoji and text on iphone

Now you can use predictive text to add emojis to your text messages without replacing the words of the text.

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