How to Turn On Predictive Text on Android

A step-by-step guide to enabling predictive text on your Android device to get word suggestions as you type.

What is Predictive Text?

Predictive text, also known as auto-text or word suggestions, is a feature on smartphones that provides suggested words or phrases as you type.

It uses your previous writing patterns and an internal dictionary to predict the next word you may want to use.

This can speed up typing on mobile devices with smaller keyboards.

Benefits of Predictive Text

Here are some of the benefits of using predictive text on your Android phone:

  • Faster typing – You can accept word suggestions instead of typing everything out.
  • Fewer typos – The suggestions help avoid typos from small touchscreen keyboards.
  • Support for multiple languages – It provides suggestions in different languages you use.
  • Learning as you go – Predictions improve over time as you keep typing.

How to Enable Predictive Text on Android

Here are step-by-step instructions to turn on predictive text on your Android device:

On Android 9 and Lower

  1. Open your device’s Settings app.
  2. Tap on System > Languages & input > Virtual keyboard.
  3. Tap on the keyboard you want to customize, like Gboard.
  4. Tap Text correction. Enable options like “Suggest text corrections” and “Next-word suggestions.”
  5. You may also customize other settings like languages, emoji suggestions, etc.
  6. Tap the back arrow to save changes.

On Android 10 and Higher

  1. Go to Settings > System > Languages & input.
  2. Tap on the virtual keyboard, like Gboard.
  3. Tap Text correction and enable “Spell check” and “Suggest text corrections.”
  4. Under Advanced, enable “Next-word suggestions” and “Personalized suggestions.”
  5. Tap the back arrow to save changes.

How to Use Predictive Text

Once enabled, you’ll see word suggestions appear as you type. Here’s how to use them:

  • Start typing a word. You’ll see up to three suggestions above the keyboard.
  • Tap on a suggestion to insert it, or keep typing to ignore.
  • Over time, predictions will improve based on your typing habits.
  • You can tap-and-hold a prediction to remove it from the suggestions.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Faster typing
  • Fewer spelling and grammar errors
  • Support for emoji and gifs

Cons

  • Learning curve to use suggestions
  • Can suggest unwanted or inaccurate words
  • Requires sharing typing data for personalized predictions

FAQs

Can I use predictive text for multiple languages?

Yes, most keyboard apps like Gboard support predictive text in multiple languages. Just enable each language in your keyboard settings.

Will predictive text drain my battery faster?

Using predictive text has minimal impact on battery life. The processing happens locally on your device. It should not noticeably reduce battery life.

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