How to Prevent Emojis from Replacing Words in Messages

How to Prevent Emojis from Replacing Words in Messages

Since iOS 10 on the iPhone, you can type a word in messages and Predictive text will suggest the emoji that matches that word. However, most people I’ve talked to don’t want to replace the word with an emoji, they simply want to include the emoji after the word. Luckily, you can add emojis to your messages without opening the emoji keyboard and 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.

Related: How to Add Emojis to a Text without Opening Emoji Keyboard

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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.

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  • Open Settings.

  • Tap General.

  • Select Keyboard.

  • Toggle Predictive to ON.

Now let’s dive into how you can stop emojis from replacing words and, instead, have the suggested emoji appear next to the word. To do this:

  • Open Messages. 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.

  • If you type the word and tap the emoji, it will replace the word.

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

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

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