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It's crippling to see the iPhone keyboard disappear when you want it. Some bug can keep the iPhone keypad invisible – and just when you need it, you might see that it's missing.

From what I've gathered, the problem can occur due to a variety of reasons most notably three: the iPhone is still connected to some Bluetooth keypad, or there's some problem with an app or ill-fated software update. There are some tried and tested solutions that can help you bring back the missing software keyboard on your iOS device. Let's give them go to cut the chase!

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Keyboard is Not Showing on iPhone

iPhone or iPad Keyboard Missing or Not Appearing? Try These Solutions

Hard reset your device

The first thing you should try to resolve this issue is to reboot your device. Simply press and hold the Home and power ON/OFF buttons at once for about 10 seconds until you see Apple logo on the screen.

To hard reset your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you need to press and hold the volume down button and ON/OFF button simultaneously. (Related: How to reboot iPhone/iPad without power On/OFF button.)

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Switch off Bluetooth. May be Reboot once.

If you connected your iPhone to some Bluetooth device – notably the keypad – and then did not disconnect it, there's a strong chance that the iPhone still thinks that it shouldn't show the keypad.

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The one way to fix this is that you switch off the Bluetooth. May be to reboot your iPhone once too just to be sure. Does this fix the issue?

Reset All Settings

Still, keyboard hasn't shown up? Try resetting your device to factory settings. Don't worry as it won't delete any media or data of your device.

Open Settings app → General → scroll down and tap on Reset → Reset All Settings and confirm.

Restore Your iOS Device

If none of those above solutions have worked in resolving the problem, restore your device using iTunes. Make sure to back it up before going for the kill.

Connect your device to computer → launch iTunes → select the device → click on Restore iPhone/iPad and confirm.

Wrapping up

In most cases, this problem is fixed just by rebooting the device. I hope you have found success with this little trick itself. Have you any feedback for us? Feel free to share it with us in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.

  • jack

    Apple sucks. What a piece of chinese crap

  • angela

    My keypad is frozen, I tried rebooting but it doesn’t work

  • Angela

    My keypad doesn’t work, it is non responsive. I have tried t

  • Nyasha

    My keypad on my iPad for whatsapp is not coming out it seems frozen on e camera and recoding buttons are working what should I do

  • Nyasha

    My iPad is not bringing out the keypad for my whatsapp…i have whatsu installed on my pad..what should I do

  • Bradley Muggleton

    Ive been having the same problem but I think swiftkey was causing it. I tried everything from re boot to restore and everything in between but just deleting swift key may of just solved it.

    • Barbara Tricarico

      Ah ha! I use Swype. Your comments helped me get my keyboard back!!

  • Gordon Abbott

    Many thanks. I switched off Bluetooth (didn’t work) so re-powered as suggested and the keyboard appeared on next attempt.

  • kc48152

    I powered the phone down and back on and it worked … I didn’t expect such a glitch from Apple

  • RoyceTanouye

    I had my keyboard mysteriously disappear and nothing listed above seemed to fix it. The only thing that worked was the uninstall of Swift Key and ColorKeys. Once uninstalled my keyboard returned. Not sure which one was causing this. SwiftKey has posted an update since then which may fix the bug. BTW — running an iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8.02.

    • Thanks for the heads-up, Royce.

    • Lisa Marie Evangelista Libardi

      disappearing key board over here… OMG! thank you so much! i uninstalled color keys app and it fixed the problem on my daughters iPod touch! this forum is always helpful!

      tha=nks again everyone for all the different possible solutions!

  • Dereje

    Than you it works.

  • river2sea

    Thank you. It worked for me.


      Also worked for me. Thank you very much!