How to Fix Split Keyboard on iPad?

How to Fix Split Keyboard on iPad? Whether you’re sending an email or turning in a class assignment, an iPad® is one of the most convenient devices for getting work done on the go. That is when you’re not having problems with its keyboard.

At Asurion, our experts come across issues like this every day, from iPads with no sound to those that won’t turn on. And when technology breaks, we fix it. If your tablet’s onscreen keyboard is causing problems because it’s too small, moving unexpectedly, or split in half, check out our tips on how to change your iPad keyboard back to normal so you can get back to work.

Why your iPad keyboard is small or split

It’s frustrating when your tablet’s keyboard malfunctions, but there’s usually a simple reason: incorrect settings. Sure, the keyboard’s position on your iPad may sometimes move around the screen on its own, but it can also move if you accidentally turn on one of these features: Floating Keyboard or Split Keyboard. Here’s how they work:

  • Floating Keyboard: This feature displays a smaller keyboard on one side of your iPad’s screen that may jump or move around. It looks like an iPhone keyboard on your tablet.
  • Split Keyboard: You can only enable this feature on iPads with a Home button. It divides the keyboard in half and positions it on both sides of the screen. These halves also move up and down.

No matter which issue you have, fixing your iPad keyboard is easy to do.

How to fix a split keyboard on an iPad

Does your tablet have two keyboards instead of one? It’s probably split in half. Here’s how to unsplit the keyboard on your iPad so you can type normally:

  1. Make your keyboard appear by tapping a text box.
  2. Tap and hold the keyboard button, then select Merge or Dock and Merge.
  3. Let go of the button. Your keyboard should return to the bottom of your screen.

You can also turn off the Split keyboard in Settings to make sure you don’t run into the issue again. Doing so is simple:

  1. Open Settings > General > Keyboard.
  2. Tap the switch to turn off the Split keyboard.

How to move an iPad keyboard

If your tablet’s keyboard is positioned to one side and looks smaller than usual, you may have enabled the floating keyboard. To re-center it, follow these steps:

  1. Make your keyboard appear by tapping a text box.

  2. Place two fingers on the keyboard, then pinch your fingers in to make the keyboard smaller.

  3. Press and hold the line at the bottom of the keyboard and drag it to a new spot.

  4. Use two fingers to pinch the keyboard again, then drag them apart to stretch the keyboard to its original size.

To simply resize the keyboard, tap and hold the keyboard button, select Dock and Merge, then let it work.


How do I get the keyboard back to normal on my iPad?

How to get your floating iPad keyboard back to normal. Place two fingers on the floating keyboard. Spread your fingers apart to enlarge the keyboard back to full size, then let go.

Why do I suddenly have a split keyboard on my iPad?

Some people can’t get this gesture right, so they need to enter settings to make the keyboard return back to the way it’s supposed to be. All you have to do is tap on Settings, tap on General, tap on Keyboard, and then switch the Split Keyboard to off.

How do I get my keyboard back to normal?

To get your keyboard back to its default mode, all you have to do is press the CTRL and shift keys at the same time. Press the quotation mark key if you want to see whether or not it’s returned to normal. If it is still acting up, you can shift again. After this process, you should be back to normal.

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