iPhone keyboard lag? How to fix it

How to Fix Keyboard Lag on iPhone and iPad

Keyboard lagging issues on iPhone can be super annoying. It slows down your typing or may even result in misspelled words. The issue occurs in many apps, from Messages and Facebook to Safari and more. A quick fix is changing the keyboard, but you may not always want to do this. Instead, let’s look at some possible solutions for fixing the keyboard lag on iPhone and iPad.

  1. Force restart your Phone
  2. Reset keyboard dictionary
  3. Disable predictive text on iOS device
  4. Toggle on/off Reduce Motion
  5. Disable all keyboard settings on iPhone
  6. Update your iPhone to the latest iOS version

1. Force restart your iPhone 

The first step to fixing any issue on your phone is rebooting it. Doing a force restart gets rid of any minor glitches and can solve keyboard lag on iOS 15.

  • On iPhone 6S or earlier: Press the Home and Power buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo.
  • On iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: Press and hold the Side button and Volume Down button for at least 10 seconds until the Apple logo shows up on the screen.
  • On an iPhone 8 or later: Quickly press and let go of the Volume Up button. Then quickly press and let go of the Volume Down button. Then, press and hold down the Side button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Check out this post to know more about force restarting your iPhone and iPad.

2. Reset keyboard dictionary

Sometimes there may be a compatibility issue with your keyboard data from iOS 13 when you move over to iOS 14. To fix this, resetting the keyboard dictionary is a proven method to troubleshoot keyboard lag issues on the iPhone and iPad.

Of course, this will restore your keyboard dictionary to the default, and any saved made-up words or slang will be erased.

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralReset.

    Tap on General and then Tap on Reset in iPhone Settings
  2. Tap Reset Keyboard Dictionary enter your Passcode. Then tap Reset Dictionary.

    Reset Keyboard Dictionary on iPhone

3. Disable predictive text on iOS device

The predictive text feature on the iOS keyboard helps you type faster by suggesting the next words you might want to use. However, it can cause sluggish performance at times, so try disabling it as follows:

  1. Go to SettingsGeneralKeyboard.

    Tap on General and Then Tap on Keyboard in iPhone Settings
  2. Scroll down and toggle off Predictive Keyboard.

    Disable Predictive Text on iPhone

If you still experience a slow keyboard on iPhone and iPad, try the next steps below.

4. Toggle on/off Reduce Motion 

The motion settings on your iPhone control the aesthetics of using your device. These include visual effects like app transitions and the keyboard popping open and close. Enabling or disabling such animations can help solve the problem of a laggy keyboard.

  1. Go to SettingsAccessibility.
  2. Select Motion to see a list of visual effects options.

    Tap on Accessibility in Settings and then Tap on Motion on iPhone
  3. If Reduce Motion is turned on, toggle it off. If it is already off, toggle it on.
    Turn Off Reduce Motion on iPhone

See if this fixes your keyboard issues. If not, continue to the next steps below.

5. Disable all keyboard settings on iPhone

Your iPhone or iPad keyboard has plenty of customization options like autocorrect, smart punctuation, auto-capitalization, spelling check, etc.

It’s worth disabling each of these features one by one to check if it solves the keyboard lag issue.

  1. Go to Settings → General.
  2. Select the Keyboard.

    Tap on General and Then Tap on Keyboard in iPhone Settings
  3. Disable each option on the list, turn by turn and test your keyboard. Or, simply disable all and see if it fixes the issue.

    Disable Keyboard Settings on iPhone

6. Update iPhone to latest iOS version

You are probably already using the latest version of iOS or iPadOS, but in any case, you should check if there’s an update available. Apple often releases patches that fix bugs like the keyboard lag issue, so you should install any updates when they are available.

Go to Settings → General → Software Update.

Tap on General and Then Software Update on iPhone

If there’s an update available, follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

Hopefully, this guide helped you fix the keyboard lag issue on your iPhone or iPad. In case the problem persists, you can try to use a third-party keyboard until Apple offers a permanent solution.

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Mehak has a master’s degree in communication and over ten years of writing experience. Her passion for technology and Apple products led her to iGeeksBlog, where she specializes in writing product roundups and app recommendations for fellow Apple users. When not typing away on her MacBook Pro, she loves being lost in a book or out exploring the world.

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