How to Fix Predictive Emoji Keyboard Not Working on iPhone or iPad

How To Fix Missing Predictive Emoji Suggestions on iPhone or iPad

Predictive text and emojis have become an integral part of our daily conversation with friends and colleagues. But when predictive emoji keyboard doesn’t appear or stops working, we feel paralyzed as we have to type those extra letters or words. Predictive emojis have reduced our efforts to type the text as we can communicate with emojis. This is why we find quick solutions to fix “predictive emoji keyboard not working” issue on iPhone and iPad in iOS 12.

Our iPhones and iPads supply predictive emojis based on our chats/conversations and writing style. As users, we are so much dependent on emojis that we cannot imagine our chat with one. When emoji prediction does not work on an iOS keyboard, we become impatient. Before we go ahead and find a solution, you should check that you have added emoji keyboard on your device or if it is available, it should be enabled.

Apple introduced predictive emoji in iOS 10, but in case you have not installed and enabled this feature, do it right now.

To install emoji keyboard:

Step #1. Tap on Settings → General → Keyboard.

Tap on Settings then General then Keyboard in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on KeyboardsAdd New Keyboard → Find Emoji and tap.

Add Emoji Keyboard on iPhone or iPad

To enable the Predictive feature:

Tap on Settings → General → Keyboard → Turn on the Switch next to Predictive.

Enable Predictive Keyboard in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Why is Predictive Emoji Keyboard not working?

As mentioned above, Apple software learns from your writing style and typing habit; based on this observation, the software offers you predictive emojis. If you are not using certain apps, you won’t find predictive emoji keyboard in those apps. Many users never chat with others, and for this very reason, chat apps in their iOS devices do not show predictive emoji keyboard.

Emoji suggestions usually appear in apps when you begin to use your new or upgraded iPhone or iPad. Once you start using chat apps, software begins to learn your habit and writing style. And from this observation, Apple software offers you emoji predictions.

IMPORTANT: In this tutorial, we have supplied a fresh solution to fix predictive emoji keyboard issue. You can check other tips to get rid of predictive emoji not working.

To bring back emoji suggestions in the predictive keyboard, you don’t need to spend much time on your device. Once your keyboard gets to know that you like to use emojis in your chat or conversations, it will provide you with predictive emojis or your predictive emoji keyboard will be activated again.

How To Fix Missing Emoji Suggestions in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Step #1. First off, open the app that doesn’t show predictive emojis.

Step #2. Next, you can start typing anything in the text field; you can randomly tap on letters. You are not required to make a meaningful sentence.

Type Random Words in Message App on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Now, tap on the globe icon and go to Emoji keyboard (If you are using multiple keyboards, you may need to press and hold globe icon to bring up a menu of keyboards, from which you can select emoji.)

Tap on Emoji in iPhone or iPad Keyboard

Step #4. Once the emoji keyboard appears, you can tap randomly on emojis; make sure you tap more than 15 or 20 emojis. This will teach the device that you are using emojis in your chat.

Type Emoji on iPhone or iPad in iOS 12

Step #5. Finally, delete those emojis and text from the field. To check that you have successfully fixed predictive emoji keyboard issue on your iPhone or iPad, type “candy” or “chocolate” or “ice-cream” and you will see those mouth-watering emojis on your device’s screen.

Fix Predictive Emoji Not Working in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

If you don’t get success in the first attempt, follow the above steps for two-three times, and you can enable emoji predictions on your iOS devices.

Remove & Re-add Emoji Keyboard

Normally, above method fixes the issue of predictive emoji keyboard not working. In case, the problem persists, you can follow another method to fix the issue.

Step #1. Launch Settings app on your iPhone/iPad → Tap on General → Next, tap on Keyboard.

Tap on Settings then General then Keyboard in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Tap on Keyboards → Now tap on Edit from the top right corner.

Edit Keyboards on iPhone or iPad

Step #3: When red circle appears before the keyboards, tap on it → A Delete box appears from the right side; tap on Delete → Don’t forget to tap on Done button from the upper right corner.

Delete Emoji Keyboard from iPhone or iPad

Once Emoji keyboard is removed, you need to add it again.

Step #4. Tap on KeyboardsAdd New Keyboard → Find Emoji keyboard from the list and tap on it.

Add Emoji Keyboard on iPhone or iPad

Your Emoji keyboard is added to the list of keyboards again.

Reset Keyboard Dictionary

Resetting keyboard dictionary is another method to troubleshoot emoji predictions issue.

Step #1. Tap on SettingsGeneralReset.

Tap on Settings, General, Reset on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Reset Keyboard Dictionary → Enter iPhone PasscodeConfirm.

Reset Keyboard Dictionary on iPhone

You will be prompted to enter your iPhone’s passcode. Enter the passcode and then, a pop-up swipes from the bottom of the phone screen, asking you to Reset Dictionary.

Note that the action will delete all custom words you have typed on the keyboard, returning the keyboard dictionary to factory defaults.

Software Update

With every software update, Apple fixes many bugs. Your predictive emoji keyboard may have some bugs, and therefore, it is not working. In this situation, you can simply update your iOS software.

Tap on Settings → General → Software Update → Download and Install.

That’s all friends!

Signing off…

The world of non-verbal communication has come full circle. It started off as signals (before the invention of spoken languages) and now it has come to emojis. In this digital age, people, especially young generation, use emojis to communicate on their iPhones and iPads.

When predictive emoji keyboard fails to work, they become restless and begin to find solutions. This tutorial is a fitting answer to fix the issue of predictive emoji keyboard not working.

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1 comment
  1. Thanks so much. That worked. Tried everything, and the adding of the emojis 😚↖️🕺😍☀️😣🙄🥴↖️🔥🥴↖️👍🏽🙄 and then deleting, meant the predictive emoji returned! 🙏

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