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KeyWi is a custom keyboard for your iOS device that allows you to type using your computer’s physical keyboard.

+ How does it work?
After you install the KeyWi keyboard you simply switch to it (the same way you would switch to the emoji keyboard for example) and go to the address provided by the keyboard using your computer’s web browser. Once the connection between the keyboard and the computer’s web browser is established you will be able to type using your computer’s keyboard and what you type will appear on the iPhone. Make sure your device and computer are on the SAME wifi network.

Don’t worry everything that you type is PRIVATE as it is only sent from computer to device using your LOCAL wifi network. What you type NEVER leaves your local wifi network and never goes over the internet.

+ Installation instructions:
You first need to install the keyboard on your iOS device: Open Settings app > General > Keyboards > Add new keyboard > ‘KeyWi’. Then tap on the ‘KeyWi’ keyboard again and allow ‘Full Access’. This allows the app to communicate over your wifi network. Again, what you type is only sent from your computer to the device and it never travels over the internet and never gets stored anywhere

+ What you CAN do with KeyWi
– Type any character in any language
– Send emojis (In-app purchase required)
– Move the cursor forward and backwards
– Delete backwards

+ What you CAN’T do with KeyWi
– Select text. Once you enter text you can delete backwards, move the position of the cursor but you can’t select text
– Interact with the application UI.

Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch supports braille entry directly on the device’s screen, without the need for a physical braille keyboard.

How to enter braille on your iOS or iPadOS device’s screen

You can enter braille with your iOS or iPadOS device lying flat in front of you (tabletop mode), or with the device facing away so that your fingers curl back to tap the screen (screen-away mode).

First, make sure that VoiceOver is turned on, then set the VoiceOver rotor to Braille Screen Input. If Braille Screen Input isn’t in the rotor, go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Rotor, then turn on Braille Screen Input.

Now you can enter braille characters by tapping the screen with one finger or several fingers at the same time. You can also perform these actions:

  • Enter a space: Swipe right with one finger.
  • Delete the previous character: Swipe left with one finger.
  • Move to a new line: Swipe right with two fingers.
  • Cycle through spelling suggestions: Swipe up or down with one finger.
  • Enter a carriage return, or send a message: Swipe up with three fingers.
  • Switch between six-dot braille and contracted braille: Swipe right with three fingers.
  • Translate immediately (when contractions are enabled): Swipe down with two fingers.
  • Switch to the next keyboard: Swipe up with two fingers.

To exit Braille Screen Input, do a two-finger scrub or adjust the rotor to another setting.

To have your iPad read dots aloud, tap and hold the dots, then release the dots when you hear the timer tones and announcement.

Adjust entry dot positions

On iPhone, tap and release all three dot positions on the right, then tap and release three dot positions on the left hand. On iPad, double-tap all dot positions at same time. VoiceOver announces that the dots’ positions have been recalibrated.

Change Braille Screen Input settings

Go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Braille > Braille Screen Input to make six-dot or contracted braille the default or to reverse the dot positions for six-dot and eight-dot braille.

Though your iPhone and iPad have onscreen touch keyboards, there are times when you do wish for a physical keyboard, especially the old-fashioned ones. Ergonomically too it is easier to type on a physical keyboard, though not many would agree with me. I do type faster and more accurately on a physical keyboard! Well, this article is for the ones who agree and for those who want to use a physical keyboard with their iPhones and iPads.

If you do decide to use a keyboard, it is simple — just identify a good standard Bluetooth keyboard that is compatible with your iPhone or the iPad. The keyboards are nominally priced and simple to use. Therefore, this article will only focus on the Bluetooth Keyboard.

Pairing a Bluetooth Keyboard

Various compact keyboards from Anker’s are quite popular as they work with any mobile devices and computers and the keys are designed to work for iOS devices as well. Apple’s Magic Keyboard is equally popular as they are easy to pair and use. Whichever Bluetooth keyboard you decide to use, the pairing process remains the same.

How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphoneAn Apple Keyboard

Steps to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with iPad or iPhone:

    Go to Settings > Bluetooth and enable it. Turn on your Bluetooth Keyboard. Depending on the type of keyboard you are using, you may find a button with a Bluetooth symbol. If the Bluetooth symbol is on a regular key, then press the Fn (Function) key along with the Bluetooth key.

How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphoneConnecting a Bluetooth device with an iPhone or iPad.

  • While in the pairing mode, the connected keyboard will appear under Other Devices. Tap the Keyboard name to connect it.
  • Depending on the keyboard type, you may be prompted to enter an authorization code as displayed in the illustration below.
  • How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphonePrompt to enter authorization code while pairing Bluetooth device.

    The authentication code is usually a sequence of numbers. After authentication, keyboard will be connected with your iPhone or the iPad and you can use it to type without having to bother about the onscreen keyboard. The pairing is a one-time process, so the next time you want to use the keyboard, simply power it on!

    Using the Bluetooth Keyboard

    To start typing, you need to place your cursor on the iPhone / iPad screen; you can do so by tapping your finger at the required spot or text field. You will have to use your finger to navigate the screen.

    You will notice that while using the Bluetooth keyboard, the onscreen keyboard disappears completely. It gives you ample screen space to work on. The onscreen keyboard remains hidden as long as the Bluetooth keyboard is paired with the device. As soon as you turn off your Bluetooth keyboard, the onscreen keyboard will become visible for use.

    Un-pair a Bluetooth Keyboard

    To revert to the virtual onscreen keyboard of your iPhone / iPad, you can turn the Bluetooth keyboard off.

    To disconnect the pairing:

    1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Tap on the Info button on the right of the Bluetooth keyboard entry- it displays two options – Disconnect & Forget this Device.
      1. Tap on Disconnect, to disconnect the pairing of your iPhone or iPad with the Bluetooth keyboard for a temporary period. To use the keyboard again, you will just have to reconnect.
      2. Tap on Forget This Device to completely terminate the pairing between your iPhone or iPad and the Bluetooth keyboard. To use the Bluetooth keyboard again, you will have to pair the devices all over again.

    Bluetooth Keyboard Shortcuts

    If you often use the most common keyboard shortcuts like Command+C, Command+V etc. — you can continue using them on the Bluetooth keyboard as well. Just in case you opted for a keyboard designed for Windows, do not panic, the Windows key can be used as the Command key. Depending on the keyboard, it may include iOS specific functions — like Home, Spotlight Search buttons etc. If you are keen for more shortcuts, visit Apple’s support website.

    Here is a list of frequently used iPhone / iPad keyboard shortcuts that you may find handy:

    • Command+Space: use it for Spotlight Search
    • Command+T: use it to open new tab in Safari
    • Command+Tab: use it to switch between apps
    • Command+Shift+R: use it to enable Reader Mode in Safari
    • Command+N: use it to start a new email, a new note or a new event in their respective apps.

    So which Bluetooth Keyboard have you decided to pair with your iPhone or iPad? Do let us know if pairing and using a Bluetooth keyboard became easier after reading this article or you had an issue because we missed an important and relevant piece of information? We welcome critical feedback as it helps us to improve.

    Should you have any question on this topic, please feel free to ask in the comments section. We, at TechWelkin and our reader community will try to assist you. Thank you for using TechWelkin!

    The 9.7 inch iPad Pro turned me into an iPad believer. And while Split View, Slide Over and Apple Pencil are awesome, it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t attached an external (physical) keyboard and the productivity that comes with keyboard shortcuts.

    If you’ve got an external keyboard for your iPad, here’s everything you can do to be more productive with the iPad.

    Pairing a Keyboard with iPad

    If you’ve got a Smart Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro, all you have to do is attach the keyboard magnetically to the iPad and you’re done.

    If you’re using an external Bluetooth keyboard – Apple’s or third party – you’ll need to pair it first.

    To do that, go to “Settings” -> “Bluetooth” and turn on Bluetooth.

    Then make sure the keyboard is turned on and is discoverable. On the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard, you can do this by pressing and holding the power button.

    Once the keyboard shows up in the list. Tap it, enter the numbers on the keyboard to authenticate and you’re paired.

    Command + Space For Spotlight Search

    If you’re going to use the external keyboard, get used to searching for apps (or files inside apps) directly from Spotlight.

    Instead of extending the fingers to the screen, just press the “Command” + “Space” shortcut, and start typing. If you’re on the home screen, start typing directly.

    When you find something as the “top hit” (the first search result), press “Enter” and that app will be opened.

    Function Keys Work

    You can use the F1 to F12 row on the Bluetooth keyboard to perform system functions.

    F1 and F2: Control brightness

    F7: Previous track

    F8: Play/Pause

    F9: Next track

    F10: Mute

    F11 and F12: Control volume

    Switch Between Apps

    Just like on your Mac, press the keyboard shortcut “Command” + “Tab” to bring up the app switcher. It looks just like the Mac one. Once the app switcher is up, press the “Tab” button while holding the “Command” key to move to the next app.

    If you want to move to the previous app, hold “Command” and “Shift” while pressing the “Tab” key to move between apps.

    Go Home

    Want to quickly go to the home screen? Just press the “Command” + “H” keyboard shortcut.

    If you’re using iOS 10, you’ll find a “Home screen” shortcut at the end of the app switcher. So another way to go to the home screen is by tapping “Command” + “Shift” + “Tab”. But I prefer the “Command” + “H” shortcut.

    Basic Text Selection And Navigation

    Ever since I’ve started using the iPad as a primary writing machine, I had the hardest time with navigating around a document. I’m used to just swiping around with the trackpad on my Mac. But on the iPad, I don’t want to extend my finger all the way to the screen. Plus, even if I do, the touch screen text selection just isn’t accurate or intuitive.

    But thankfully I have rediscovered some old school shortcuts for navigating in a text document. And once you get used to them, navigation will become super quick.

    Command + Left: Jump to the end of the current line.

    Command + Right: Jump to the start of the current line.

    Command + Up: Jump to the top of the document.

    Command + Down: Jump to the bottom of the document.

    Shift + Left/Right: Start text selection on the left/right of the cursor, one character at a time.

    Shift + Command + Left/Right: Select the entire line, left/right of the cursor point.

    Shift + Command + Up/Down: Select all the text in the document up/down from the cursor point.

    Also, if you’re in a text editor, Mac based shortcuts for bold (Command + B), Italics (Command + I) should work as well.

    Hold Command Key For App Based Shortcuts

    Now that iOS 9 supports app based shortcuts, you should hold the “Command” key in your most used apps to see if the app supports shortcuts and what they are. Do this and you might be surprised at what you find.

    Tweetbot, for example has keyboard shortcuts for jumping to the top of the timeline and for switching between tabs like Mentions and more.

    Mail app has keyboard shortcuts for everything from replying to a mail to navigation to archiving a mail. You could, in theory, get to Inbox Zero even without touching the iPad’s display.

    If you’re looking for a compact list of most important keyboard shortcuts, check out our list here.

    Pro Tip: Use Markdown

    If you’re going to be typing a lot on the iPad (the Smart Keyboard cases on the newer iPads make this a really intriguing prospect), you should probably spend some time and learn Markdown. Markdown is a simple syntax based language, similar to HTML but just a lot simpler to use.

    Basically, with Markdown, you can do stuff like format text as headings, bold, italics, crate lists, insert links and a lot more without ever lifting your finger off of the keyboard. For me, I don’t see how I could type all my articles on the iPad if it weren’t for Markdown. I would suggest get a Markdown editor. I’m currently using 1Writer because it supports Split View, Universal links (searching from spotlight becomes easy), and has a great widget for bookmarking documents). They also have an Action directory if you want to do some text automation.

    Troubleshooting When Repairing Bluetooth Keyboards

    If you use the external keyboard with multiple devices, you might find that when you come back to the iPad, it just won’t connect again, even though the iPad shows the keyboard in the “Paired” devices.

    The only solution I’ve found to this issue is repairing the keyboard. Yes, it’s a drag. Tap the “i” button next to the keyboard and select “Forget this device”. Now pair the keyboard again and it should work. If you use Smart Keyboard Cover, this shouldn’t be a problem for you.

    Your Favorite iPad Tips and Tricks?

    What are your favorite productivity tips for the iPad? Share with us in the comments below.

    Using the Keyboard

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Lesson 5: Using the Keyboard

    Using the keyboard

    The iPad has a built-in virtual keyboard that you can use to input text on your device. Although you can purchase a physical keyboard to attach to your iPad, the virtual keyboard has everything you need, including convenient shortcuts to make typing easier.

    To access the keyboard:

    The iPad’s virtual keyboard will appear whenever you tap a text field. For example, the keyboard will appear when composing an email, writing a note, or entering a website address.

    Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about using the iPad’s virtual keyboard.

    The Cursor

    The cursor indicates where text will appear.

    Predictive Text

    Your iPad generates predictive text depending on what you’re typing and what you’ve typed in the past. Click a word to type it.

    Letter Keys

    The main part of the keyboard includes the letter keys and the spacebar. Tap these keys to add the desired text.

    Shift Key

    Tap the Shift key and tap a letter to insert a capital letter or alternate character. Double tap the Shift key twice to turn on Caps Lock.

    Numbers & Special Characters

    Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to numbers and special characters. Tap the button again to switch back. It will also switch back when you add a space after a character.

    Emoji Keyboard

    Tap here to switch the keyboard from letters to emojis.

    Voice Dictation

    This feature allows you to enter text without having to use the keyboard. Tap the microphone icon on your keyboard, then start talking.

    Spacebar

    Tap the spacebar to add a space. You can also double-tap the spacebar at the end of a sentence to automatically add a period.

    Backspace Key

    Tap the Backspace key to erase the character to the left of the cursor. Press and hold the Backspace key to delete entire words.

    Hide Keyboard

    Click here to hide the keyboard. You can click any text field to make the keyboard reappear.

    Keyboard features

    The iPad’s virtual keyboard includes several features that make typing on your device faster and easier.

    Suggestions

    The iPad will offer suggestions for certain words as you type. When typing, simply tap the spacebar to use a suggestion. In the example below, we used the suggestion to change agreem to agreement. To dismiss a suggestion, just ignore the suggestion and continue typing .

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Auto-Correction

    The iPad will correct commonly misspelled words automatically. For example, teh will be corrected to the.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    While it’s a powerful feature, Auto-Correction isn’t perfect. And because it happens automatically, you may not always notice when something is changed. You should always review your text to make sure it’s correct.

    Spell check

    In addition to Auto-Correction, the iPad will note spelling errors as you type. Any misspelled words will be underlined in red. To view possible suggestions for a spelling error, tap the word. A list of possible spellings will appear. Simply tap a suggestion to replace the existing word.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Moving the cursor

    Sometimes you may find that you want to edit something at the beginning of a sentence or paragraph. Instead of deleting the existing text and starting over, you can move the cursor to the desired location. To move the cursor, simply tap the desired location. If you need more control, press and hold the screen, then (without lifting your finger) drag the magnifying glass to choose a location for the cursor.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    To copy and paste text:

    If you want to move text from one location to another, you can copy and paste it. This is especially helpful if you want to move text among different apps. For example, you might find some useful information in Safari and then copy and paste it into the Notes app.

    1. First, you’ll need to select the text you want to copy. Double-tap the screen next to the text you want to select, then drag the selection handles to select the text.
    2. Menu options will appear above the selected text, including Cut, Copy, and Paste. We’ll tap Copy.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    More keyboard tips

    The keyboard has many other features that aren’t immediately obvious. We’ve listed some of the most helpful ones below.

    • Screen orientation: You can rotate the iPad to change the size of the keyboard. The keyboard will use about half of the screen in landscape mode and about a quarter of the screen in portrait mode.
    • Alternate characters: You can press and hold certain letters and symbols to add accents or alternate characters.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Keyboard settings

    If you want even more control over the keyboard, you can customize its settings. To do this, open Settings, tap General and then tap Keyboard.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    The keyboard settings will appear. From here, you can turn certain keyboard features (like Auto-Correction) on and off, add another keyboard language, create custom text shortcuts, and much more. Take some time to explore these settings to see if any will be helpful for you.

    You can use your iPhone or iPad as a wireless keyboard or mouse with free software available on the App Store. While no official Apple solution exists, there are free third-party apps on the App Store that you can use instead.

    First, Install iPhone App & Companion Server

    There are a huge number of mouse and keyboard apps on the App Store, and the vast majority of them will probably get the job done. For this walkthrough, we chose Remote Mouse by Yao Ruan because it’s free (supported by advertisements), works as both a keyboard and a mouse, and is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    First, download Remote Mouse for your iPhone or iPad. Now, head to the Remote Mouse homepage and download the server. Make sure that you download the right server for your operating system. If you’re a Mac user, you can grab it from the Mac App Store.

    With the app and companion server installed, it’s time to set everything up to work wirelessly over Wi-Fi.

    Setting Up Your Wireless Mouse and Keyboard

    For this to work, your iPhone or iPad will need to be on the same wireless network as the computer that you’re trying to control.

    First, launch the server on your computer. Next, launch the mobile app on your iPhone or iPad and grant access to the local network and Bluetooth. You should be prompted to connect to a server, but if you’re not, tap on the “Not connected” bar at the top of the screen.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    You should see the name of your computer appear in the list. Tap on it to establish a connection.

    If you’re using a Mac, you’ll be prompted to grant Remote Mouse the access that it needs to control your computer. To do this, first, launch System Preferences > Security & Privacy, and then on the “Privacy” tab, select “Accessibility” from the list on the left.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Click on the padlock in the bottom-left corner of your screen and enter your admin password. You can now check the box next to “Remote Mouse” in the right-hand pane and allow it to control your computer.

    All Done!

    Dismiss any remaining notices on the screen, and then pick up your iPhone and iPad. You might need to dismiss some onscreen tips with a swipe, after which you should be able to use your iPhone to fully control your computer.

    In our testing, lag was imperceptible in the same room as our MacBook Pro and wireless router. You can tap on the keyboard button in the bar that runs along the bottom of the app to bring up a keyboard and type as you normally would.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Use the “Fn” and “Ctrl” buttons to access key combinations that you don’t have readily available on an iPhone or iPad keyboard. Notice that any text that you type appears in the middle of the touchpad briefly, so you don’t have to constantly look up while typing at speed.

    Use Your Android Device as a Mouse and Keyboard

    Being limited to Wi-Fi is unfortunate, but you can always set up an ad-hoc local wireless network on your Mac and connect directly to it if you need mouse functionality but don’t have access to local Wi-Fi.

    Got an Android device instead? Set it up as a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for an even better experience.

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    If you want Universal Control on your Mac today. works with your iPad, TV, phones and many more.

    KeyPad is a virtual bluetooth keyboard, mouse and media remote. Anything that you type in KeyPad (on the Mac) goes to your connected phone, TV, iPad, tablet, Apple TV, Raspberry Pi…

    Main features of KeyPad:

    1. A free bluetooth keyboard for your Phone/iPhone/iPad/Tablet
    2. A feature rich remote control and keyboard for the Apple TV.
    3. Type using a keyboard on your phone instead of typing with your thumbs.
    4. Considering buying an iPad keyboard? Try KeyPad!
    5. Type instead of using voice search with Apple TV, Fire TV, Android TV, Siri…

    KeyPad works with all major brand devices that support a bluetooth keyboard, like Apple TV, iPhones, Android phones, iPads, Android tablets, Samsung TV, Sony TV’s, Raspberry Pi’s, Roku, FireTV, Nexus Player, eBooks…and more.

    Keypad is free for one phone/tv/tablet. To use it with more than one device, or to use the Mouse feature requires In-App Purchase (for Multi-device).

    KeyPad will work with your language keyboard layout. Just select the correct keyboard on the iPhone. Use Shift-Control and tap Space to see the keyboard available on your connected iPhone, iPad. If you select your country’s keyboard layout, keys like “£” work correctly.

    See our video on how to set up and use KeyPad. https://bluetooth-keyboard.com/setup/

    KeyPad emulates a combination keyboard and mouse. If you connect to an iPad you have full mouse and keyboard control. Just press the hotkey Control + Option.

    Using the mouse with an iPhone requires that you go to Settings | Accessibility | Touch and enable assistive touch.

    To connect KeyPad to your device:

    1. Launch KeyPad preferences
    2. Click “Launch Bluetooth Settings” on the Mac (Makes KeyPad discoverable)
    3. Go to your device’s Bluetooth settings and connect to the Mac
    4. Once the connection is complete the KeyPad window will pop up.

    That’s it; you’re done! Anything you type in the KeyPad window will now go to your phone. Use a hotkey Command+Option+P (reconfigurable) to launch and hide KeyPad.

    A better keyboard:

    Connect to as many devices as you like (Phones, Tablets, TVs)
    Not just a keyboard, a combination mouse, keyboard and media remote.
    Function-Tab works like Command-Tab to switch applications on the iPad
    Function-Space works like Command-Space to search on the iPad and iPhone.
    Press and hold the command key to see more options on the iPad.
    Automatically disconnect from your device when you switch away from the app.
    See our power user features at: https://bluetooth-keyboard.com/power-user/

    KeyPad is for you:

    If you prefer to type with a keyboard instead of using your thumbs.
    If you prefer that notifications from WhatsApp and Messages remain on the Phone.
    If you don’t want to see personal notifications on the Mac while doing a presentation.
    If you do not want to carry around an extra keyboard and mouse for your iPad.
    If you want to see how the iPad keyboard and mouse features work.
    If you have ever wished you had just one more Bluetooth keyboard.
    If you prefer to type instead of use voice on your Apple TV or Fire TV.
    If you use a screen mirror software to record a phone screen and wish you could interact with the phone.

    KeyPad is free for a single device. There are no limitations in the app for one device.

    To use it for more than one device, or use the mouse feature, please purchase the App through the in-App Purchases menu selection. Please verify that KeyPad works for all your devices before you purchase. The mouse feature is free for two days.

    Even if you use it for only one device, do consider purchasing it anyway. You will help support further development.

    Use your mac keyboard to test the keyboard support for your iPhone, iPad, Android, TV or Apple TV app.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Here’s a complete step by step guide on how to switch between iPhone and iPad keyboard layouts – QWERTY, AZERTY and QWERTZ.

    Learn to Switch Between iPhone and iPad Keyboard Layouts – All Three of Them (QWERTY, AZERTY & QWERTZ)

    Out of the box, many of us make do with the default keyboard layout on our iPhones and iPads, which happens to be QWERTY. It’s a standard that’s followed religiously in many parts of the world, and it gets the job done in a wonderful fashion. However, in some places, different keyboard layouts are followed, called AZERTY and QWERTZ. Interestingly, switching between all three layouts is fairly straightforward on an iPhone or iPad. Here’s how you do it.

    Tutorial

    1. Launch the Settings app from your home screen.

    2. Scroll down a little and then tap on the General option.

    3. Scroll down again and then tap on Keyboards.

    4. Now tap on Keyboards at the top.

    5. Select English.

    6. Now simply select the keyboard layout you wish to use. It’s set to QWERTY by default in certain regions. But you can switch it over to AZERTY or QWERTZ if you so like. Make your selection and simply close the Settings app.

    This is what the keyboards look like when they come into view. On the left it’s QWERTY, center one is AZERTY and the one on the right is QWERTZ.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Quite frankly, there isn’t a huge difference in the layout. If you are used to one of these, you can easily switch to another one. But of course, there is going to be a slight adjusting period in the process.

    Apart from switching the layout, you have the option to switch the keyboard itself too. Thankfully, Apple did this with the release of iOS 8, allowing third-party developers to bring their keyboards onto iOS. But quite frankly, the stock keyboard is a far better option if you don’t want anything fancy on top. This also means you won’t be able to search for GIFs on the fly, something which is exclusive to many keyboard apps out there, even Gboard from Google.

    What you end up using is entirely your call, as long as it gets the work done.

    The iPad’s floating keyboard is a handy feature that enables a better view and slide-to-type, but it can be confusing to figure out how to turn it off.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    The iPad floating keyboard can be handy when you want to see more of the screen or use slide-to-type. However, it can be annoying when the floating keyboard pops out accidentally, especially if you don’t know how to return it to the bottom of the screen. Here’s how to turn the floating keyboard off on an iPad, or on if you want to use it for the time being!

    How to Turn On the Floating Keyboard on iPad

    The iPad floating keyboard can come in handy for quick typing and better viewing on your screen, so it’s nice to know how to turn it on when you want it.

    1. Open any app that uses the keyboard.
    2. With your thumb and forefinger on any two opposing sides, pinch the keyboard.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Long-press and drag from the bottom bar on the floating keyboard to place it where you want it on the screen.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    How to Fix Keyboard on iPad: Undo Floating Keyboard

    If you know how to enable the floating keyboard, it’ll take no time to learn how to change the keyboard on iPad back to normal. Even if you accidentally turned on the floating keyboard, this quick trick will turn your iPad’s small keyboard back to the full-size version! Here’s how to change an iPad keyboard back to normal from the floating keyboard:

    1. Perform a reversed pinch gesture from the center of the iPad floating keyboard.
    2. Your fingers should start close together and then spread farther apart, maintaining contact with the iPad screen the whole time.

    How to use a physical keyboard with your ipad or iphone

    Voilà! Your keyboard is back to normal. Now you can enable or disable the iPad floating keyboard according to what’s most convenient at the time. Happy typing!

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    Tamlin Day

    Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin’s expertise covers a broad spectrum.

    Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU’s literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin’s first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.