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The Messages app in iOS 10 has received a lot of new exciting features such as screen effects, large Emojis, link previews and the much awaited sticker packs. There’s also a Handwriting mode that not many users know about.

As the name implies, Handwriting mode allows you to draw anything with your fingers on a white canvas and send it to your friends. This sounds like an interesting feature, but it is also annoying because every time that you rotate your device to landscape orientation, the keyboard switches to Handwriting mode.

The fact that you’re reading this article probably means that you find this feature annoying. Luckily, it’s very easy to turn off Handwriting mode in iOS 10 Messages app. Read the following guide to find out how.

How to Disable Handwriting Mode on iPhone

Step 1: Open the Messages app and go to a specific conversation.

Step 2: Rotate your iPhone to landscape orientation to enable Handwriting mode.

Step 3: A white canvas appears where you can draw anything on it with your fingers. Tap on the keyboard icon in the bottom right corner.

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Handwriting mode will now be disabled and the white canvas will no longer appear when your iPhone is in landscape orientation. Instead, your default stock or third-party keyboard will appear.

How to Enable Handwriting Mode in iOS 10 Messages App

Step 1: To enable Handwriting mode, go to the Messages app and open a specific conversation.

Step 2: Tap on the message text field to view the keyboard.

Step 3: Switch to the stock iOS keyboard. You have to keep on tapping the globe icon until the stock iOS keyboard is opened.

Step 4: You’ll see an icon in the bottom right corner of the keyboard that denotes handwriting mode. Tap on it.

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Step 5: A white canvas appears which means that Handwriting mode has been enabled. Now every time that you rotate your device to landscape orientation while in Messages, this canvas will appear.

That’s all you need to do to enable or disable Handwriting mode in iOS 10 Messages app. If you face any problems, let us know in the comments below.

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  • Kostra Nova

    This is only temporary disabled the handwriting mode. Do you know how to get rid of it permanently?

    • Mark Scarton

      That’s exactly what I want as well. I’m tired of hitting the handwriting enablement key on the keyboard and having to go back and correct my message. I want the “feature” completed disabled in every respect, not just a mode switch.