The iPhone keyboard has improved drastically over the last several years, but it’s still not without its faults. Here are the seven most common iPhone keyboard problems and how to fix them.
Ideally, having a full-size physical keyboard is the best setup for typing, but when you’re out on the go and only have your iPhone to type out an email or a text message, you have to work with what you’re given. However, what if even that is giving you problems?
The iPhone’s keyboard is excellent in iOS 9, and it’s a major improvement over previous versions of iOS, but it’s only good if it works properly. Over the last several months, we’ve heard many stories of users having iPhone keyboard problems, whether it’s severe lag when typing, keyboard shortcuts not working, or even just the keyboard not popping up when it should be.
If you’re experiencing iPhone keyboard problems, here are seven of the most common issues that we’ve come across and how to fix each one.
Keyboard Predictions Not Appearing
Apple introduced a feature called QuickType in iOS 8 that gives you predictions of words that it thinks you’ll type next, that way you don’t actually have to type out the word, but can instead just tap on predicted word and have it typed out for you.
However, it sometimes likes to disappear and hide itself at random times, but there’s a quick fix in order to bring it back.
If this is happening to you, there’s a quick and easy fix that takes less than a second. Simply swipe up on that small tab right above the keyboard to re-enable QuickType and get your keyboard predictions back. This method is also probably why it sometimes disappears randomly, as you may accidentally swipe down in that area to make it disappear.
If you’re typing along and notice that the keyboard can’t keep up, then you’re most likely experiencing keyboard lag, and it’s a common issue for iPhone users. Personally, we’ve noticed some keyboard lag on the iPhone 6 at times when writing an email or sending a reply in iMessage.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a permanent fix that users can do, but there is at least a temporary fix if updating to the latest version of iOS doesn’t help.
Oddly enough, turning off Documents & Data in iCloud seems to do the trick for many users. To do this, head to Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data. From there, try typing on the keyboard again and if it works just fine, you should be okay to flip the iCloud switch back on. If that doesn’t work, try resetting all settings. To do that, General > Reset > Reset All Settings.
Keyboard Typing Noises Not Working
If you’re one that enjoys hearing the keyboard clicks as you type, but someone how they aren’t sounding when you’re typing, there are a few things to check.
First off, make sure the mute toggle switch on the side isn’t activated. This prevents not only the ringer from blaring, but also mutes keyboard typing sounds.
If that isn’t the problem, go into Settings and tap on Sounds. Then scroll down to Keyboard Clicks and make sure that it’s turned on. If that still doesn’t work, it’s most likely a bug that could be fixed with a simple restart. Just shut off your iPhone and turn it back on. It will most likely be a temporary fix, but it’s better than nothing until Apple can address the issue in a later update.
Keyboard Not Popping Up
If you’ve experienced some minor keyboard problems, at least the keyboard shows up. Some users have reported that their iPhone keyboard just won’t appear when they need to type something out.
Usually, a simple restart will do the trick (at least temporarily). Just power down your iPhone and boot it back up. If that still doesn’t fix it, your next best option is to restore your iPhone. Be sure to back it up first and then restore through iTunes. This will wipe everything and give you a fresh start, which hopefully means that whatever was causing your keyboard not to pop up is officially gone.
Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working
If you enjoy having those handy keyboard shortcuts but they aren’t working properly for you, there are several things you can try to get them to work again.
Try and delete a shortcut and create it again. You can also try adding a new shortcut to your existing shortcut list to see if that breaks it up and gets them all working again properly.
If that doesn’t work, reset the keyboard dictionary by going to Settings > General >Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
It’s also possible that it could be an iCloud syncing issue. Navigate to Settings > iCloud > Documents & Data and see turn off Documents & Data if it’s turned on. Now try to use your keyboard shortcuts. If they start working again, turn back on Documents & Data.
3D Touch Keyboard Trackpad Being Finicky
One cool feature of 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s is the ability to turn the keyboard into a trackpad of sorts to make it way easier to move the cursor around while you’re typing.
This makes it so that you don’t have to tap on the cursor itself and move it around with your finger, which is more of a pain in the rear end than you might think. However, the 3D Touch keyboard trackpad feature can be a bit finicky.
It could be a bug that might get fixed in a future update, but several users have told me that activating the keyboard trackpad with 3D Touch sometimes doesn’t work, and they usually have to try it again in order for it to start working properly.
Unfortunately, there’s no official fix for this, although a restart of your iPhone could temporarily fix it and make it better to use.
Looking for Alternatives
At the end of the day, if you don’t like the default iPhone keyboard, you can try out some alternatives.
We have a roundup of the best third-party keyboards for your iPhone, with SwiftKey being one of the best options on the market. SwiftKey offers better word predictions than the default keyboard with the ability to learn your typing habits over time.
There’s also a Flow option that allows you to type by swiping from key-to-key. This takes a bit of practice, but once you get it down, it’s a lot faster than traditional typing for sure.