How to Use Your iPad Floating Keyboard

Shift into the small floating keyboard and easily move it to different positions on your iPad screen.

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The on-screen keyboard on the iPad may seem unmovable, but users actually have other options, such as the floating keyboard on iPadOS 15. With the floating iPad keyboard, you can undock the keyboard from the bottom of the screen and move it anywhere you want. Here’s how to undock the iPad keyboard.

Related: The Complete Guide to iPad Multitasking: Split Screen, Slide Over & Picture-in-Picture

How to Use the Floating Keyboard on iPad

With the floating keyboard, you get a smaller keyboard (about the size of an iPhone keyboard) that can be repositioned anywhere you need on the screen. Follow the steps below to learn how to enable and turn off the floating keyboard.

  1. Open an app that will activate the iPad on-screen keyboard.

  2. Press and hold the keyboard icon in the lower right corner.

  3. Tap Floating and your keyboard will move to the center of the screen.

  4. To reposition the keyboard where you’d like, press, hold, and drag the gray bar on keyboard to where you'd like. 

  5. To return to the normal keyboard, tap and hold the gray bar and drag the keyboard to the bottom of the screen. You can also place your index finger and thumb on the keyboard and move your fingers apart in a zooming out gesture. 

That’s all there is to it!

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