How to Restore the Keyboard on iPad to its Default Settings

Whether you’re composing an email or completing a class assignment, the iPad® is an exceptional device for accomplishing tasks on the go. However, there are times when the keyboard on your iPad may not function properly, causing frustration and hindering your productivity. At Asurion, our team of experts encounters such issues regularly, ranging from iPads with no sound to devices that won’t power on. Rest assured, we specialize in resolving these technological glitches. If you’re experiencing problems with your iPad’s onscreen keyboard, such as it being too small, moving unexpectedly, or split in half, we’ve got you covered with our helpful tips on how to restore your iPad keyboard back to normal so that you can resume your work seamlessly.

The Reason Behind a Small or Split iPad Keyboard

When your tablet’s keyboard malfunctions, there’s often a simple explanation: incorrect settings. While it may appear that the keyboard’s position on your iPad is randomly shifting on the screen, the movement can be attributed to the inadvertent activation of specific features, namely the Floating Keyboard or the Split Keyboard. Here’s a breakdown of how these features function:

Floating Keyboard:

This feature showcases a smaller keyboard on one side of your iPad’s screen, which may jump or move around unexpectedly. It resembles the keyboard layout of an iPhone on your tablet.

Split Keyboard:

The Split Keyboard feature can only be enabled on iPads with a Home button. It divides the keyboard into two halves, positioning them on both sides of the screen. These halves can also move up and down independently.

Regardless of the specific issue you are encountering, rectifying the problem with your iPad’s keyboard is a straightforward process. We recommend following this step-by-step guide, available on Asurion’s YouTube channel:

How to Fix a Split Keyboard on an iPad

If you find that your tablet’s keyboard has split into two instead of remaining whole, follow these instructions to restore it to its normal configuration:

  1. Open any app that requires text input and tap on a text box to bring up the keyboard.
  2. Tap and hold the keyboard button, then select the “Merge” or “Dock and Merge” option.
  3. Release the button, and the keyboard should return to the bottom of your screen.

To prevent encountering this issue again in the future, you can disable the Split Keyboard feature in your iPad’s settings:

  1. Access the Settings app on your iPad.
  2. Navigate to General > Keyboard.
  3. Locate the switch associated with the Split Keyboard and toggle it off.

Adjusting the Position of the iPad Keyboard

If your tablet’s keyboard is positioned to one side and appears smaller than usual, it is likely that you have inadvertently activated the floating keyboard. To re-center it, follow these steps:

  1. Launch any app that requires text input and tap on a text box to display the keyboard.
  2. Simultaneously place two fingers on the keyboard and pinch them inward to reduce its size.
  3. Press and hold the line at the bottom of the keyboard and drag it to your desired location.
  4. Using two fingers, pinch the keyboard again and spread them apart to restore the keyboard to its original size.

If you prefer a simpler method of resizing the keyboard, you can perform the following steps:

  1. Tap and hold the keyboard button.
  2. Select the “Dock and Merge” option.
  3. Release the button, and the keyboard will resize accordingly.

If you have attempted these troubleshooting methods and still require assistance, rest assured that help is readily available. Schedule a repair appointment at the nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion or Asurion Tech Repair & Solutions™ store, where our certified experts can swiftly restore your device to its optimal working condition, often on the same day.

The iPad’s on-screen virtual keyboard provides convenience whenever you need to input text. By default, it appears at the bottom of the screen. However, due to its floating nature, you have the flexibility to customize its position to better suit your preferences.

How to Move the iPad Keyboard

To change the position of the keyboard on your screen, follow these steps once the keyboard is displayed:

  1. Long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button located at the lower right corner of the keyboard. It is represented by a keyboard icon.
  2. Select the “Undock” option from the menu that appears.
  3. The keyboard will now move to the center of the screen. To relocate it to a different spot, tap the “Minimize Keyboard” button again and drag the keyboard to your desired location.

How to Dock the iPad Keyboard

If you wish to dock the keyboard back to its original position at the bottom of the screen, follow these steps:

  1. Launch an app that requires the keyboard and tap on the input field to display it.
  2. Long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button located at the lower right corner of the keyboard.
  3. Slide your finger upwards on the screen, then tap on the “Dock” option to finalize the action.

How to Split the iPad Keyboard in Two

If you prefer to split the keyboard into two sections for more comfortable typing, follow these instructions:

  1. Launch an app that involves text input, such as “Messages,” and tap on the input field.
  2. Long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button located at the lower right corner of the keyboard.
  3. In the menu that appears, slide your finger to the “Split” option.

If you desire to relocate the split keyboard to a different position:

  1. Tap the “Minimize Keyboard” button again.
  2. Drag the keyboard to your preferred location.

To revert the split keyboard to its original configuration:

  1. Long-press the “Minimize Keyboard” button located at the lower right corner of the keyboard.
  2. Slide your finger upwards on the screen until you reach the “Merge” option.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions

How do I turn off my iPad keyboard?

  1. Locate the Keyboard key, which features a keyboard icon, at the bottom right of the screen.
  2. Tap the Keyboard key once to hide the keyboard.
  3. Tobring up the keyboard again, tap on an input field in a program that requires it. Alternatively, in certain apps, tapping the bottom right corner will also display the keyboard.

How do I make my iPad keyboard smaller?

  1. Launch an app that requires the keyboard, such as “Messages,” and tap on the input field.
  2. Pinch the keyboard inwards using two fingers to reduce its size.
  3. To reposition the keyboard, long-press the gray line on the keyboard and drag it to your desired location.

How do I make my iPad keyboard full size?

  1. Place two fingers on the keyboard.
  2. Spread your fingers apart to restore the keyboard to its full size.

The ability to customize your iPad’s keyboard empowers you to personalize your typing experience. Whether it’s adjusting the position, size, or layout, these options ensure maximum convenience and comfort while typing. We encourage you to explore these customization features and discover the setup that best suits your preferences. Share your experiences and preferred keyboard configuration with us in the comments section below!