When I open any text field so that the keyboard appears, there is a line under the keyboard with only two icons, the "world" icon that lets you change keyboards, and the "dictation" icon, which I will never use.

These take up a considerable amount of vertical space. Is there any way to turn these off?


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As you can see, there is a large blank portion below the keyboard. The world and microphone icon normally appear here, but even with them turned off you get all this space being wasted.

  • Have you turned off the Dictation switch in the Keyboard settings?
    – fsb
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 13:36
  • When I searched Dictation in settings I only got Dictionary. But now I have turned it off and now it's just a large grey expanse with no icons, rather than a large grey expanse with two icons. Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 13:44
  • Can you add screenshots of what you're seeing and what the problem is? I'm not seeing that on my iPhone so I'm not clear as to what the problem is.
    – fsb
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 14:22

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That gap is present on the iPhone X keyboard and at this time cannot be changed. You're not the only one who finds this irritating, so Apple might release a change in a future version of iOS, but for now you're unfortunately stuck with the gap.

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