iPad Keyboard Not Working? How to Fix Keyboard on iPad

Is your iPad keyboard not working? Don’t worry, you are not the only one. This is a frequent complaint of many iPad users around the world.

The problem can arise due to multiple reasons. There can be some glitch or corrupt files. 

Sometimes, an app can interfere with your keyboard thereby not letting it function properly. Whatever be the case, the following 9 methods are sure to fix the iPad keyboard not working problem. Fixing an iPad keyboard is a lot similar to fixing iPhone keyboard problem. Keep reading to know more.

1. Resetting the dictionary connected to the Keyboard

Sometimes when you write something using the iPad keyboard, you will notice that the keyboard is lagging behind. In order to fix this iPad keyboard not working problem, these are steps you need to follow:

    • After opening your iPad, you need to open the Settings app and choose the “General” option.
    • Now, choose the “Reset” option. Then keep scrolling down the list of “Keyboard Dictionary” to select the appropriate one.
    • Type the password that you will be asked for.

Frozen keyboard is a very common iPad keyboard not working issue that users have complained of. After following the above steps, just reboot your iPad and check if the iPad keyboard not working issue is still bothering you or not by typing something.

2. Closing all the apps and then opening them up

Sometimes the iPad keyboard not working issue is caused due to a particular app that is not allowing the keyboard to function properly. To deal with such as situation, there are two very simple steps.

  • Tap the Home button twice. You can also swipe the Home Gesture Bar.
  • Just swipe to your right or left so that you can view all the apps open and then shut them down one by one.

3. Uninstalling the App to fix iPad Keyboard not working problem

Chances are that the app that was causing the iPad keyboard not working issue, is still doing the same, despite closing it. In that case, you are left with no other option but to uninstall the app.

You can always reinstall it from the App Store, but it might pose the same iPad keyboard not working issue, prompting you to uninstall it again.

Sometimes, instead of uninstalling the app, you may try updating it. The chances are that the developers are already aware of the app causing iPad keyboard not working issue so they may have rolled out an update to fix the issue. So, update the app from App store and see if they keyboard is still crashing.

4. Disabling or deactivating the Reachability option

Another way of fixing the iPad keyboard not working issue is to deactivate the Reachability option. The steps to do so are as follows.

  • Open your iPad and the open the Settings option.
  • Click on the “General” option followed by clicking on the “Accessibility” option.
  • Here you will see the “Reachability” option which you can then turn off.

Now check if the iPad keyboard not working issue is still persisting or not. You must remember though that this feature will not be available unless your iPad is the large model.

5. Switch the Zoom option off

Another very simple method to fix the iPad keyboard not working issue can be covered in the following 2 steps.

  • Open the Settings of your iPad and then go to General followed by Accessibility.
  • You will find Zoom option under the tab titled Vision. Just turn it off.

Zoom feature is known to cause keyboard issues sometimes. So, by turning it off you may be able to fix the issue. However, if the issue is not resolved then it is caused by some other reason and you may turn the Zoom option ON again.

6. Fixing the split keyboard

iPad keyboard not working may come in different ways, one such way is when your keyboard is split into two. Now, there is a feature in the iPad keyboard that enables you to split the keyboard in the first place.

But sometimes, you may have problems with this split board and will need to fix it so that typing doesn’t become an issue for you. The following steps will help in fixing the split keyboard back and consequently solving the iPad keyboard not working issue as well. 

  • Open your iPad and then click on the Settings option.
  • Open the General option and then choose “Keyboard” to your right side.
  • You will discover the Split Keyboard option located to the bottom of the screen.
  • Beside that there will be a switch which you will have to turn off.

Another way of doing so would be to tap on the Keyboard icon and then choosing the “Dock & Merge” option. Either way, the iPad keyboard not working issue will be fixed.

7. Using recovery tools

A primary cause of the iPad keyboard not working problem is that the iOS has some kind of a glitch or is probably corrupt. This might persist even after you have altered the settings. This glitch may interfere with the keyboard thereby causing the issue. You cannot fix this if you alter the settings only.

You will need a recovery tool that will help you fix the iOS thereby curing the keyboard and fixing the issue permanently. Some users might suggest that you will have to restore iTunes in order to fix the iPad keyboard not working problem. But that won’t be as efficient as using a recovery program such as iMyFone Fixppo. This is how you use it.

  • Install the tool on your PC or laptop followed by launching it. 
  • Choose the “Standard Mode” and then connect your iPad to your system.
  • Follow the instructions you see on your screen instructions for connecting to your iPad.
  • Click on “Next”.
  • The program shall be looking for an available firmware.
  • Choose anyone from the list and then click on the “Download” option.
  • Once downloaded, click on “Start“. Once restored, your iPad will reboot.

There are many other iOS recovery tools like Dr. Fone that are equally efficient. Free versions of these tools are also available so, you don’t have to pay without testing them.

These recovery tools employs highly advanced techniques for fixing issues pertaining to iPadOS/ iOS. Therefore, if you ever face the iPad keyboard not working problem, this is where you go to.

8. Restoring with iTunes

In case the above methods of fixing the iPad keyboard not working issue do not work, you can always restore you iPad with iTunes. 

Please note, this step will reset your iPad and you will lose your data. So, before you proceed to reset your device it is important that you create a backup of the data and contacts so that you can restore them later.

Resetting will fix all issues including the iPad keyboard not working one. The steps are as follows:

  • Connect your iPad to your PC or laptop where you have already installed iTunes.
  • Launch iTunes followed by selecting the iPad option from the panel.
  • Select the “Restore iPad” option and confirm it.

This is usually the least used method among all, not because it is too old, but also due to the fact that it deletes a lot of files during the restoration process.

At the same time, if you have a proper backup of all your files, then you can go for this process without any hesitation. 

9. Restoring the Factory Settings

There is a chance that all the methods that have been discussed so far have not been able to fix the iPad keyboard not working problem. In that case, you are left with only one option and that is to reset your iPad back to the original factory settings.

Again, you must create a backup and store it on iTunes or another device before restoring the factory settings. This step is non-reversible.

  • You will need your PC or laptop as well as a USB cable that can function in an Apple device.
  • Connect the laptop to the iPad and then launch iTunes, the version that is out recently.
  • You will see to your left, the iPad option under the heading of Devices. Click on it.
  • On you screen, you will get all the information about your device.
  • Choose the Restore iPad option and then click on the Confirm option in order to proceed.

It will take some time, but after the process is over, disconnect the iPad. You have successfully restored your device to its original factory settings. Check if you are still having to deal with the iPad keyboard not working issue.

Factory restore not only wipes out all your data but also all the bugs, problems and other issues. So, it is most likely to restore your iPad to its original form as it was when you purchased it. So, after you verify that the keyboard is working well, you may proceed to restore all your data and files into iPad.

I hope you are able to fix keyboard on iPad with only a few tricks mentioned in the beginning of this article. If you do make the hard decision of attempting a factory reset then make sure you have saved multiple copies of the backup.

If you are not able to fix the keboard on iPad by yourself and if it is under warranty then you must go to your nearest Apple service center and get your device fixed.

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