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iOS 9 Messaging Bug: When Text Box Turns Grey / Blocks Text [Fix]


After updating iPhone / iPad to iOS 9, you may notice this strange bug:

Go to the Messages app and into a conversation, then send a message or tap on the text box field – which pops up the keyboard.


This text box, however, has a grey bar with round edges displaying a 0:00 timer. It almost looks like you have accidentally tapped on the “mic” button to record audio message:

ios-9-gray-text-box

You can still type from the keyboard, but the grey box hides text. You can’t see what you have typed. This issue is visible when you send an SMS or iMessage.

We have various iOS users complaining about this gray text box bug:

ios-keyboard-issues

How do you fix this?

This is a known bug, and there is no “permanent” fix yet. If you find the gray bar frustrating (who wouldn’t?), the only way to get rid of it is to:

  • Close the Messages app from the background and relaunch it again.

Yes, the gray bar may appear once again – and you have to follow the same temporary fix until Apple realizes this bug needs to be addressed.

  • Marlon

    go to settings then message, turn show subject field on, then turn it back off and it will go away

    • DngnRdr

      Changing any messages setting… may fix it temporarily but not always… it’s a glitch because messages thinks you want to send an audio message apparently. Closing any other open apps can also fix it but until the glitch is fixed it can return.

  • ryanov

    Turning off the setting that allows you to listen to audio messages by putting the phone to your ear is the real temporary workaround. I have not seen that gray bar again since I turned it off. I was getting a couple of times a day before that.

    • take the good person test

      Thanks. I have tried about 5 other fixes . I hope this one does it. I have 9.0.2 on my iPhone 6 Plus. Today I had one episode of gray text box before I found this fix.

    • HJ

      I’m trying this workaround myself, hope it works. I’ve been getting the bug only when I send to certain people who do not have iMessage. The bug us annoying because I can’t see what I’m writing! I hope Apple addresses this bug soon.

  • Esther Cammack Fernandez

    That helps! Hope it’s fixed soon but can live with this

  • Gerry Wagoner

    It is irritating. C’mon Apple.

  • PapaRocks

    Windows 9.0.2
    What a poor excuse for QA
    I want my BB back!!

  • Jack Johnson

    Only way I know to get rid of that (MIC) Gray box is to shut the phone completely “Off” then start it up again, and that removes that Gray bar. But also, I did find that what Marlon said below works too.

  • Keriann Wgeishofski

    I just turn my phone off and turn it back on because no other way fixes it. It’s quite annoying to keep restarting my phone damn near every hour..

  • tip

    Reboot your Iphone will clear it…