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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.