iPad Keyboard in the Middle of the Screen? How to Fix

  1. Published on Jun 28, 2022
  2. Updated on Jun 28, 2022
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Usually, when you’re using your keyboard, it will always appear at the bottom of the screen on your iPad. But sometimes it can get stuck in the middle of the screen.

There are several reasons why this may happen including problems with the software or even buggy apps.

Whatever the reason, here we will show you some of the effective ways that you can fix a keyboard stuck in the middle of the screen on your iPad.

 iPad Keyboard Stuck in the Middle of the Screen

How to Fix iPad Keyboard Stuck in the Middle of the Screen

Although you may be used to your keyboard appearing at the bottom of your screen, this is the “Docked” mode and your iPad’s settings can also allow you to have the keyboard in “Undocked” mode, which places it in the middle of the screen.

So if you are seeing the keyboard in the middle of the screen when it was previously at the bottom, you may have accidentally enabled the “Undocked Mode.”

The easiest way to fix this problem is to tap and hold on the keyboard icon at the bottom-right corner and select “Dock.” Then choose “Merge” or “Dock and Merge” depending on where you would like the keyboard to appear.

Of course, if you try this and your keyboard is still stuck, there may be more to the problem than just accidentally enabling a setting. In this case, try the following additional solutions.

Check the Settings on Your iPad

If you don’t like that your keyboard appears in the middle of the screen and you don’t want it to happen again, do the following:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings on your iPad.
  • Step 2: Tap on “Settings > General > Keyboard.”
  • Step 3: Then tap on the switch next to “Split Keyboard” to turn it off.

Split Keyboard

Restart Your iPad

If your iPad’s keyboard is still stuck in the middle of the screen even after you have undocked it, it may be due to a software issue.

In this case, simply restarting the device can resolve the software issue and get the device working normally again. You can restart the device by going to Settings > General > Shut Down.

Restart Your iPad

Try a Forced Restart

If a restart doesn’t fix the problem, the next most logical solution is a forced restart. The process to force restart your iPad will depend on the model of iPad that you have.

For iPads with a Home Button, press and hold the Home and the Power button until the Apple Logo appears on the screen and the device restarts.

Force Restart iPad with home button

For iPads with Face ID, press and quickly release the Volume Up Button, press and quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo and the device begins to restart.

Force Restart iPad without home button

Clear Background Apps

You may find keeping apps running in the background advantageous since you can access them very easily when you need them.

But these apps can cause a lot of problems when they suddenly fail or go rogue. If those apps use your device’s keyboard, closing them can help fix this problem.

Closing apps that are running in the background is very easy. Just use these simple steps:

  • Step 1: On the Home Screen, swipe up and pause in the middle of the screen.
  • Step 2: Swipe right or left to find the preview of the apps you want to remove.
  • Step 3: Then swipe up on the preview to close the app.

Do the same for all apps that are running in the background to resolve the issue.

Clear Background Apps

Install App and iPadOS Updates

Updating the apps on your device as well as the iOS system can also be a good way to remove any system bugs that may be causing the problem.

Begin by updating all apps on the device, especially those that use the device’s keyboard.

To update the apps on your iPad, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Open the App Store.
  • Step 2: On the main screen, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap “Updates.” You should see a list of all apps that have pending updates.
  • Step 3: You can choose to update individual apps on the device, and tap on the “Update” button next to the app. Or you can choose to update all apps at once by tapping on the “Update All” button.

Once the update process is complete, restart the iPad to apply the changes. When the device restarts, you should check if there are any software updates.

update the apps on your iPad

Updating your device to the latest version of iOS is not just about bringing new features to the device, but it can also be a great way to software bugs that can cause all sorts of issues.

To update your device to the latest version of iOS, follow these simple steps:

  • Step 1: Start by opening the Settings app on your iPad.
  • Step 2: Tap “General > Software Update.”
  • Step 3: If an update is available, select “Download and Install.”

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update process. When the update is complete, check if the keyboard issue has been fixed.

update your device to the latest version of iOS

Reset All Settings on Your iPad

Since this problem can often be caused by a conflict in the settings, resetting all the settings on the device can be a good way to fix the problem, particularly if you can’t find the setting that is affecting the keyboard.

Resetting all settings on your iPad will not cause any data loss, but all your selections in the settings app will be restored to the default values. Here’s how to reset the setting on your iPad:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app from the home screen.
  • Step 2: Tap on “General” and scroll down to select “Reset.”
  • Step 3: From the options presented, choose “Reset All Settings” and enter your passcode to confirm the action.
  • Step 4: Finally, tap on “Reset All Settings” again and wait while the reset process is completed. Your device will restart and the keyboard issue should be gone.

Reset All Settings on Your iPad

Contact Apple Support for Further Help

If resetting all the settings does not fix the problem, then you may need to consider getting additional assistance. We recommend contacting Apple Support for further help.

Ensure that you describe the problem in as much detail as you can including what may have happened immediately before your keyboard began to act up.

If you dropped the iPad or if there was any liquid damage, you should let the technicians know as this may be a factor in the solution that they suggest or implement.

If you are unable to bring the device to an Apple Store or an Apple repair is too expensive, you can choose to have the device repaired by a third-party professional iPhone technician instead.

Just do your homework and make sure any technician you choose is sufficiently qualified.

Sovan Mandal

A tech enthusiast to the core, I make it a point to keep myself updated on the latest developments from the world of technology. Android and iPhone trouble-shooting is another aspect that interests me a lot, as do a few of the more recent developments such as self-driving automobiles, AI, and such.
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