On-screen keyboard Apple iPad received a major overhaul with the launch of iPadOS. Now you can make the keyboard float across the screen and free up a lot of screen space, but it also supports sliding typing. In other words, it was great to use until the iPadOS keyboard didn't perform as well as expected.
There are several problems with the on-screen keyboard on iPadOS. For example, this may not appear when you want to start writing. It can freeze or fail. Or typing swipe may fail.
If that sounds familiar to you, here are some troubleshooting tips that can help you make things better. Let us begin
Delayed or frozen keyboard
Does the iPadOS keyboard freeze after you open it? Are you experiencing performance problems when writing? Or do you switch back and forth between a full-size keyboard and a floating keyboard often? If so, you need to make sure that your iPad is running the latest version of iPadOS.
The initial iPadOS iteration is full of bugs. So if you have been avoiding iPadOS updates for some time then you should install it immediately.
Start by opening the Settings app on your iPad. Keep tapping General, then Software Update. If you see an update listed, Touchez Download and install.
In addition, you should also consider updating the application libraries that are installed in their latest versions. That can further help with performance-related issues when interacting with the on-screen keyboard.
The quickest way to do this is to long press on the App Store icon on the home screen. From the menu that appears, Touchez Updates.
The keyboard does not appear
Is your iPad's on-screen keyboard not showing up when it should? This problem occurs due to random noise inside iPadOS. And one of the most effective ways to fix that is to restart your iPad. Yes, as simple as that. Restarting shows bad things (cache) in memory and gives iPadOS a clean list to do.
To restart your iPad, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Keep doing a Power Shift when prompted.
Note: On iPad with Face ID functionality, press and hold the Power and Volume Up or Volume Down buttons.
After your iPad is completely powered off, press and hold the Power button again to restart it. Try lifting the keyboard on the screen now. Most likely it will appear.
However, you may experience this problem later, in which case you must restart your iPad again to resolve it. Remember to always update iPadOS – updating can fix this problem permanently.
There is also another reason why the keyboard might not appear: an external keyboard. If you use an external keyboard on your iPad, you must disconnect from it to reactivate the on-screen keyboard.
Start by disabling Bluetooth. Open the Control Center (swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen), and then Touchez the Bluetooth icon to disable it. If the reason is an external keyboard, the on-screen keyboard will reappear.
You can also use the Settings app to avoid automatically reconnecting to an external keyboard each time you turn on Bluetooth again. To do so, open the Settings app and then Touchez Bluetooth. Next, Touchez the little "i" icon next to the external keyboard, then Touchez Disconnect.
Typing Swipe does not work
One of the best improvements to the iPad's on-screen keyboard involves the inclusion of the QuickPath feature. In other words: slide writing. But there is a catch. This feature only works if you use a floating keyboard.
If you are not familiar, this is the way to change it. Just do the Pinch In gesture on a full-size keyboard, and the floating keyboard will appear.
Then you can slide your finger to write words easily. Whenever you want to go back to a full-size keyboard, make the pinch gesture.
If typing strokes doesn't work even when switching to a floating keyboard, you should check to see if this feature is turned on on your iPad. Although this is by default, you can always turn it off and forget about everything.
To do so, Touchez General in the Settings app, Touchez Keyboard, then make sure the switch next to Enable Write Slide is on. If not, turn it on.
Back to work
The on-screen keyboard on iPadOS is a real treat to work with. Hopefully the above troubleshooting tips are successful, you should re-use it without a problem. But don't forget the fact that there are also other top-notch third-party keyboards for the iPad that could offer better functionality.
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