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Why is the on-screen keyboard not showing on my iPad?



  Apple logo via an iPad on-screen keyboard

Sometimes you use an iPad, but the on-screen keyboard does not appear where you expect it to. One of the following can happen, including problems with a Bluetooth keyboard or third-party keyboard apps. Here's what may be wrong ̵

1; and how to fix it.

You Forgot to Connect a Bluetooth Keyboard

Whenever you connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad, iPadOS automatically turns off the on-screen keyboard. That's because the iPad thinks you don't need an onscreen keyboard if you have a real keyboard in front of you. But sometimes you have a nearby Bluetooth keyboard that is still connected, and you don't realize it.

Open Settings and tap Bluetooth to disconnect your keyboard. In the list of "My devices", find your keyboard and tap the info icon next to it (an "i" in a circle). Select "Disconnect" on the next screen.

  Tap Info icon in My Devices on Bluetooth in iPad Settings

Your iPad might think keyboard is connected (when not)

Sometimes your iPad thinks that a Bluetooth keyboard is connected when not, so the on-screen keyboard is not displayed. Navigate to Settings, tap "Bluetooth" and then tap the Bluetooth switch to turn off Bluetooth.

Or, to do it even faster, pull up the Control Center with a swipe and turn off Bluetooth with a tap.

 Disable Bluetooth switch in iPad settings

Check again and see if the on-screen keyboard appears where you expect it. If not, you can try restarting your iPad which can fix these and other bugs.

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Your Remote Keyboard App May Be Stuck

If You Are Using a Remote Keyboard App, Like SwiftKey or Gboard, it's possible that a bug in that keyboard app has caused it to crash.

reboot your iPad, causing the keyboard to reload and temporarily fixing the issue of freezing. It's also a good idea to launch the App Store and see if there are any updates for the third-party keyboard. If so, install them. The updates may fix the bug that caused the crash.

If that doesn't help, you can uninstall the third-party keyboard app in Settings. Navigate to Settings> General> Keyboard> Keyboards. Tap & # 39; Edit & # 39; in the top-right corner of the screen, then tap the red delete icon (which looks like a minus sign in a circle) next to the name of the third-party keyboard you want to disable. [19659009]   Remove third-party keyboard on iPad

After tapping the red minus sign, a "Remove" button appears. Tap it and the keyboard app will be removed. You can then try to reinstall the app from the App Store or without the iPad.

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You You may need to tap a text field to display the keyboard

Usually iPadOS predicts well when you need the on-screen keyboard, and it appears accordingly. But sometimes not. In that case, you may need to tap a text input field to display the keyboard.

 Using the iPad's on-screen keyboard to search Google

If it doesn't appear, check the other possible solutions listed above, including restarting your iPad to see if that solves the problem.

If all else fails, restart or update

If there is a common theme among all the possible solutions listed here, if you are having issues on your iPad then it is usually a good idea to restart it. Restarting your iPad will force the device to reload all software and reset its temporary settings, which may temporarily fix the problem you're having.

  • Restarting an iPad with Face ID: Press and hold the top button and the volume button until the slider appears. Swipe your finger over the slider and wait for the iPad to turn off. Then press and hold the top button again until you see the Apple logo on the screen.
  • Restarting an iPad with a Home button: Press and hold the top button until the shutdown slider appears. Swipe your finger over the slider and wait for the iPad to turn off. Then press and hold the top button again until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

You can also try updating your iPad's operating system (iPadOS) to the latest version. That can fix any bugs that cause the on-screen keyboard not to display properly. Good luck!

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