iPad keyboard not working? 15 fixes to try

Having trouble using the on-screen keyboard on your iPad? Or does Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, or an external third-party keyboard not work with iPadOS?

This guide will help you fix external keyboard and display issues on your iPad. Most of the troubleshooting tips below also apply to iPhone.

How to fix Virtual Keyboard not working on iPad

If your iPad’s virtual keyboard doesn’t show up, freezes, or hangs, work your way through the next fixes. Ignore any that don’t apply.

Turn off the external keyboard

If you’ve paired an external keyboard with your iPad, the virtual keyboard won’t show up unless you manually enable it. Just touch Keyboard icon in the right corner of the iPad screen and select Show keyboard to display the virtual keyboard.

Show keyboard

If you always want to switch to a virtual keyboard, disable your external keyboard (if the physical keyboard is Above/Turn off toggle), turn off Bluetooth on your iPad via Control Center, or remove the keyboard as a Bluetooth device by going to Setting > Bluetooth.

Enable third-party keyboards

If you install a third-party virtual keyboard (such as Gboard, SwiftKey, or Grammarly) on your iPad, it won’t show up on the keyboard list unless you enable it.

To do that, visit Setting > Shared > Keyboard > These keyboards > Add new keyboard and select the keyboard below Third-party keyboards section. Next, select the keyboard in the list of active keyboards and tap Allow full access.

Third-party keyboards

Then you can touch and hold Globe icon in the lower left corner of the original iPad keyboard whenever you want to switch between active keyboards.

Force quit the app & try again

Is the iPad’s virtual keyboard not only visible on a specific app? If so, force quitting the app can help with any minor software-related glitches.

To do that, swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or double-tap Home button) to invoke the App Switcher. Then drag the app tag (eg: The hunt) up and out of the screen. Follow that up by relaunching the app via the Home screen, the Dock, or the App Gallery.

Pull up the app card

Restart or Force Restart iPad

Restarting your iPad can also fix keyboard problems. Just go to Setting > Shared > Turn off to turn off your iPad. Then wait for 30 seconds and hold down Edge to restart it.

Slide to power off

If trying to open the on-screen keyboard also crashes the iPad’s operating system, try forcing a restart.

iPad does not have a Home button

Click Volume up and Turn down the volume quick keys in turn. Then immediately press and hold Power until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

iPad with Home button

Press and hold both Home and Power at the same time until the screen shows the Apple logo.

Update app

If the onscreen keyboard problem persists, try updating the app on your iPad. To do that, press and hold App Store on the Home screen and select Update. Then tap Update all.

Update all

Update your iPad

Faulty system software is another reason preventing the iPad’s virtual keyboard from working properly. To fix that, apply any pending iOS or iPadOS updates by going to Setting > Shared > Software updates.

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Review your iPad’s on-screen keyboard settings and make sure they’re set up to suit your preferences. For example, if Slide to enter does not work on floating keyboard, you should check if the relevant setting is working.

To do that, open Setting app and go to Shared > Keyboard. You will find a list of keyboard settings in All keyboards, Emoticonand Language parts. For third-party keyboards, check the relevant apps for additional configuration options.

All Keyboard, Emoji and Language sections

Remove third-party keyboards

If the third-party virtual keyboard leads to crashes or other problems, try updating it via the App Store. If that doesn’t help, go to Setting > Shared > Keyboard > These keyboards. Then swipe the keyboard left and press Delete to deactivate it.

Swipe to delete

If you want to continue using the keyboard, wait for a later update to fix the problem, or contact the keyboard’s developer to speed things up. Check the keyboard’s App Store page for relevant contact information.

How to fix an external keyboard that doesn’t work on iPad

If the Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, or third-party external keyboards aren’t connecting to your iPad or aren’t working correctly, perform the fixes below to fix the problem. sovle problems.

Check compatibility

Your Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, or Smart Keyboard Folio may not be compatible with your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Pro model. For example, the first generation 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard is not compatible with iPad Pro (2021).

Check out Apple’s iPad Keyboards page or perform an online check for compatibility-related information. If you use a third-party keyboard, check the manufacturer’s website instead.

Additionally, your keyboard may require the latest version of iPadOS to work properly. Go Setting > Shared > Software updates to update your iPad to the latest version.

Clean Smart Connector

If you use the Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, or Smart Keyboard Folio, your iPad relies on the Smart Connector (appears as a trio of metal contacts on the side or back of the device). ) to connect. Try cleaning it with a soft dry cloth and check if that makes a difference.

Smart connection

Check keyboard settings

If specific keys or functions don’t work on your external keyboard, make sure to access Shared > Keyboard > Hardware keyboard to review and modify how it works.

For example, if a certain modifier key doesn’t work, press Modifier key to double check your key constraints.

Hardware keyboard screen

Keyboard Off and On

If the external keyboard has Above/Turn off switch (such as Magic Keyboard for Mac), restart the keyboard. That usually helps fix random issues that prevent it from connecting to your iPad.

ON / OFF switch

Recharge Keyboard

Your keyboard may have run out of battery. Connect the device to a power source (or swap out the batteries for a new pair) and try connecting to your iPad again.

Disconnect and reconnect the keyboard

If you use a Bluetooth keyboard, you can resolve issues caused by a corrupted Bluetooth cache by disconnecting and reconnecting to your iPad.

To do that, open Setting and press Bluetooth. Then tap Information icon next to the keyboard and select Forget this device right to buy. Follow that up by re-pairing the keyboard to your iPad.

Forget This Device Button

Note: If you use more than one keyboard, you should unpair any other keyboards except the one you are using.

Restore iPad Settings

Corrupt network settings are another reason for connection problems between your keyboard and iPad. You can try resetting them by going to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPad > Reset and tap Reset Network Settings.

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<p>If that doesn’t help, use <strong>Reset all settings</strong> option to restore all iPad settings to factory defaults.  However, you may want to create an iTunes or iCloud backup before doing that.</p>
<p>If you continue to have problems, it’s possible the problem is with the keyboard itself.  Try contacting Apple Support or take the Magic Keyboard or Smart Keyboard to your nearest Apple Store.  If the problem is with a third-party external keyboard, contact the manufacturer for a replacement.</p>
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