QuickType is one of the many new features in iOS 8. As I discussed in our iOS 8 Review, QuickType appears above the keyboard on your iPhone or iPad and gives you word suggestions or spelling suggestions based on the context of what you are writing. The idea is to improve your speed as you type messages or mails on your iPhone or iPad. But for some this is a bit distracting and is more a a nuisance than a help. Fortunately there is a quick way to hide QuickType in iOS 8 and you don’t even have to go into settings.
First, open up messages or mail as you would normally and begin to compose an message. QuickType will show up as you would
expect just above the keyboard and will give you the normal word suggestions. If you want to hid QuickType just tap-and-swipe down to minimise the QuickType bar. Now you will see a minimised line above the keyboard (see my screenshot to the right). Now you won’t have the QuickType bar in the way of your message and it won’t be a distraction to you.
The bar will stay minimised until you open it up again. This is done by a tap-and-swipe up of the holder in the minimised bar (the white bar in the centre of the bar). Doing this will show the QuickType bar once again.