iPhone/iPad Keyboard Missing or Not Appearing? Here’s How to Fix It

Your iPhone or iPad keyboard seems to have completely disappeared and doesn’t seem to be getting back. Try out these solutions to troubleshoot the issue right away!

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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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.)

Switch off Bluetooth. Maybe 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.

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

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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 Padhiyarhttps://www.igeeksblog.com
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.


  1. 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.

    • 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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


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