Software bugs can occur on any platform, and iOS or iPadOS is no exception. Such failures can occur at the most unexpected moments and can lead to the fact that the smartphone stops playing the sound of incoming calls, making calls or the keyboard block disappears from the iPad screen. The last problem can occur in a variety of situations and for a variety of reasons. For example, it can be connected to an external keyboard, a third-party app, or a failed iOS or iPadOS update. At the same time, it’s easy enough to restore the keyboard.
Sometimes you use your iPad, but the on-screen keyboard doesn’t appear where you expect it to. This can happen for several reasons, including problems with your Bluetooth keyboard or third-party keyboard apps. Anyway, here’s how to fix your iPad keyboard when it isn’t displaying in a few simple steps.
How to disable Bluetooth keyboard
Whenever a Bluetooth keyboard is connected to the iPad, iOS or iPadOS automatically disables the on-screen keyboard. That’s because the iPad thinks you don’t need an on-screen keyboard when you have a real keyboard in front of you. However, sometimes you have a Bluetooth keyboard that’s still connected, and you don’t realize that.
If you want to disable your Bluetooth keyboard, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, open “Settings” on your iPad and tap “Bluetooth”.
- Then, find the keyboard in the “My Devices” list and tap on the information icon.
- Finally, select “Disconnect”.
Sometimes your iPad may think it has a Bluetooth keyboard connected to it, even though it doesn’t actually have one, so the on-screen keyboard doesn’t show up. To fix this, simply turn off Bluetooth using your iPad’s settings menu.
Or, to make it even faster, pull up Control Center and disable Bluetooth with the tap. Check again and see if the on-screen keyboard appears where you expect it to. If not, you can try rebooting the iPad, which may fix this and other errors.
How to fix an error in a third-party keyboard app
If you’re using a third-party keyboard app, such as SwiftKey or Gboard, it’s possible that a bug in that keyboard app may have caused it to crash. To fix this, restart the iPad, which will force the keyboard to reboot and may temporarily fix the problem that caused it to fail. 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 error that caused the glitch.
If that doesn’t work, you can remove the third-party keyboard app in the settings. To do this, you have to follow these steps:
- Open the “Settings” app on your iPad and go to the “General” section.
- After that, select “Keyboard”.
- Then, in the “Keyboards” menu, tap on the “Edit” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
- Tap on the red icon with “-” to delete the third-party keyboard you want to disable.
- After tapping the red icon with the minus sign, the “Uninstall” button will appear. Tap this and the keyboard app will be uninstalled. You can then try to reinstall the app using the App Store or use the iPad without it.
Once you have completed these steps, the third-party keyboard you have used on your iPad will be uninstalled.
Other ways to fix the keyboard and restarting the iPad
Usually, iOS and iPadOS are good at predicting when you’ll need the on-screen keyboard, and it shows up accordingly. However, sometimes it doesn’t. In this case, you may need to tap on the text input field to display the keyboard.
If there is a common theme among all the potential solutions listed here, if you encounter a problem on your iPad, it’s usually a good idea to restart it. Restarting your iPad causes the device to reboot all software and reset temporary settings, which can temporarily solve the problem you’re experiencing.
To restart the iPad with Face ID, hold down the top button and any volume button until the power off slider appears. Slide your finger over the slider and wait for the iPad to turn off. Then hold the top button again until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
To restart the iPad using the Home button, hold down the top button until the power off slider appears. Slide your finger over the slider and wait for the iPad to turn off. Then hold the top button again until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
You can also try updating your iPad operating system (iPadOS or iOS) to the latest version. This may fix any bugs that are preventing the on-screen keyboard from appearing correctly.