By Demi / Last update July 5, 2021

iPhone typing on its own

I try to text someone, for example, and my phone starts putting in words without me pressing any keys. It is not on dictation. If I try to close the app, other apps randomly open up and it even starts calling people out of my contacts. What can I do to stop it?
Why is my iPhone typing by itself and opening and swiping when I’m not doing anything?

- Question from Apple Community

In 2018, Apple admitted that there was something wrong with iPhone X that could lead to iPhone typing by itself. However, such error also happened in iPhone 12/11/8/7/6 etc. If this error occurs you, keep reading this guide to find some quick and possible solutions to get rid of it.

Part 1. Causes of iPhone typing by itself

The reasons to iPhone typing by itself include but are not limited to a broken touchscreen, hence, there’s no need to get it repaired before trying fix it by yourself. The following causes can make iPhone typing text by itself as well.

Digitize manufacturing defect. For a new iPhone which typing on its own, it may be the main cause.
Incorrect installation. If your iPhone has been repaired, some wrong installations can result in this issue.
An outdated software. iPhone typing on its own can also result from some software errors such as iOS update.

Part 2. Tips before fixing iPhone typing by itself

You don’t need to be in a hurry when you are facing iPhone typing message by itself. Before doing some operations on your iPhone, there are two quick tips for you to consider.

Tip 1. Clean your iPhone touchscreen

After all, iPhone touchscreen is smart, any debris or dust on it may cause iPhone typing on its own. Using a clean and soft cloth with alcohol, gently wipe the iPhone screen from one end to the other as well as the small gap between the iPhone’s screen and its body.

Tip 2. Take off iPhone screen protector and iPhones case

Remove both iPhone screen protector and iPhone’s case to see if your problem is solved. In some instances, the protector and case attach to the iPhone so tightly that make your iPhone perform on its own.

If you are still facing the problem, then turn to Part 3, 5 methods are available for you to fix iPhone typing by itself.

Part 3. 5 methods to fix iPhone typing by itself

Method 1. Hard restart iPhone

Most of common iPhone issues can be solved by hard restarting iPhone, so can iPhone screen typing by itself. You can have a try to see if it works. The operations for rebooting your iPhone vary depending on the types of your iPhone, you can follow the instructions below to make it.

iPhone 8 or later: Press and quick release the volume + button > Press and quick release the volume - button > Press the power button until you see the logo of Apple.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press both the power button and volume - button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.
iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the power button and the Home button for seconds until you see the logo of Apple.

Reset Iphone

Method 2. Update your iPhone

iOS 15 beta was released recently and it is going to be released officially this year. An outdated iOS may stop your iPhone from performing well. You can go to Settings > General > Click on Software Update > Click Install Now to update iOS if it is available.

Ios Software Update

Note: After updating iOS, your iPhone may be stuck or cannot perform as well as before temporarily. It is more likely to happen in some old types of iPhone, like iPhone 6.

Method 3. Reset all settings on your iPhone

Resetting all settings on your iPhone is an effective way to fix “iPhone typing by itself” issue. It won’t erase any data on your iPhone but only clear any personalized settings that may have caused iPhone typing on its own. To reset all settings on your iPhone, go to the Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. You will be asked to enter your screen password to confirm the action. Then all settings on your iPhone is reset.

Reset All Settings

Method 4. Factory reset your iPhone

Hopefully, iPhone typing by itself can be solved by one of these three methods above. However, if you are too unlucky to get rid of this issue, you have to try to factory reset your iPhone. One thing you have to keep in mind is that factory reset your iPhone will erase all data on your iPhone. Therefore, it is recommended to backup your iPhone with a professional backup tool to avoid data loss.

Follow the steps to factory reset your iPhone. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Reset > Click Erase All Content and Settings.

Factory reset your iPhone can fix any software errors that led to iPhone typing messages by itself.

Method 5. Ask Apple Support for help

If the methods above don’t help, you can ask Apple Support for help. After all, they know Apple products the best. You can email, make a phone call or chat with one of their professionals online to describe your problem in detail.

Conclusion

It is frustrating that iPhone typing by itself because it may put your things off. Hope this passage can help you get rid of iPhone typing by itself. For more queries, suggestions and feedback, feel free to contact us or leave your comments.