How to Turn the iPad Floating Keyboard On & Off

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’s floating keyboard can come in handy when you want to see more of the screen or when you want to use slide-to-type or "swipe typing." However, the floating keyboard can be annoying when it pops out accidentally, especially if you don’t know how to return the keyboard to the bottom of the screen. Here’s how to turn the floating keyboard on and off on the iPad.

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How to Turn On the Floating Keyboard on Your iPad

The floating keyboard can come in handy for quick typing and better viewing on your screen. Here's how to turn on the floating keyboard on your iPad:

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  1. To turn on the floating keyboard on your iPad, open any app that uses the keyboard and then pinch the keyboard.

  2. Hold and drag to place the keyboard where you want it on the screen.

How to Change the Keyboard Back to Normal on Your iPad

When you want to change your iPad keyboard back to normal, all you have to do is the reverse of the pinching movement that made the keyboard smaller in the first place! Here's how to return your iPad keyboard to normal:

  1. To return the keyboard to the bottom of the screen, simply reverse the pinching gesture by doing a backward pinch: your fingers should start close together and then spread farther apart, maintaining contact with the iPad screen the whole time.

Voila! Your keyboard is back to normal. Now, you can switch back and forth on purpose instead of by mistake. 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.