How to get the keyboard to display on an iPad

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How to get the keyboard to display on an iPad
Make sure any Bluetooth wireless keyboards connected to your iPad are disabled. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Getting the onscreen keyboard to display on your iPad should be a doddle, but if you can't get it up, your device won't be much good to you. You'll struggle to use many apps or navigate the Internet on your Apple slate if you can't enter text. If you are having problems with your onscreen keyboard, the issue will most likely be related to the use of a wireless physical keyboard. If it's not, your device may have developed a fault.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Press the iPad "Home" button and swipe your tablet's screen lock to access your home screen. Tap an application you want to enter text into and select a text field. Your device's keyboard will automatically appear from the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, swipe to the right from your home screen to access your iPad's search function. This will also bring your screen keyboard up automatically.

  2. 2

    Hit the "Eject" key on your wireless keyboard, if you've been using one. Using a wireless keyboard with your iPad will disable its onscreen keyboard. If you want to use your onscreen keyboard temporarily, ejecting your wireless peripheral will reactivate it.

  3. 3

    Unpair your wireless keyboard from your iPad if you still can't access the onscreen alternative. Tap "Settings" from your tablet's home screen and then "Bluetooth." Tap the arrow next to the title of your wireless keyboard in the "Device" section and select "Forget this device."

  4. 4

    Restart your slate if its onscreen keyboard is still failing to put in an appearance. Hold the "Sleep/Wake" button at the top of your iPad and swipe the "Slide to power off" switch. Then hold the "Sleep/Wake" button to power your tablet back on again. Go to an app to see if your onscreen keyboard is working.

Tips and warnings

  • If you continue to experience problems with your device, contact Apple customer support for advice.

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