How to Turn the iPad Floating Keyboard Off & On

The iPad's floating keyboard is a handy feature that enables a better view and slide-to-type, but it can be confusing to figure out how to turn it off.

The iPad floating keyboard can be handy when you want to see more of the screen or use slide-to-type. However, it can be annoying when the floating keyboard pops out accidentally, especially if you don’t know how to return it to the bottom of the screen. Here’s how to turn the floating keyboard off on an iPad, or on if you want to use it for the time being!

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How to Turn On the Floating Keyboard on iPad

The iPad floating keyboard can come in handy for quick typing and better viewing on your screen, so it's nice to know how to turn it on when you want it.

  1. Open any app that uses the keyboard.
  2. With your thumb and forefinger on any two opposing sides, pinch the keyboard.

  3. Long-press and drag from the bottom bar on the floating keyboard to place it where you want it on the screen.

How to Fix Keyboard on iPad: Undo Floating Keyboard 

If you know how to enable the floating keyboard, it'll take no time to learn how to change the keyboard on iPad back to normal. Even if you accidentally turned on the floating keyboard, this quick trick will turn your iPad's small keyboard back to the full-size version! Here's how to change an iPad keyboard back to normal from the floating keyboard:

  1. Perform a reversed pinch gesture from the center of the iPad floating keyboard.
  2. Your fingers should start close together and then spread farther apart, maintaining contact with the iPad screen the whole time.

Voilà! Your keyboard is back to normal. Now you can enable or disable the iPad floating keyboard according to what's most convenient at the time. Happy typing!

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.