Top 7 Ways to Fix iPhone Keyboard Not Showing Up

Whenever a major update for an operating system is released, there are bound to be problems and errors. Especially if you are Apple and provide iOS updates to millions of iPhone users every year. One of the most common problems is based on the battery life of the device. Another problem that has become very prevalent recently is the default keyboard on iPhone. Sometimes the default keyboard doesn’t leave users frustrated during a call or general navigation.

The default keyboard not showing up on iPhone is a bigger problem when it appears frequently throughout the day. It disrupts the workflow and reduces the productivity of the end user.

If you are suffering from the same problem, read the post to find the possible troubleshooting tricks to fix iPhone keyboard error.

1. Hard reset your iPhone

Restarting your iPhone is one of the oldest and most effective ways to fix common problems. Press and hold the Home and Power On / Off buttons at the same time for about 10 seconds until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

To hard reset your iPhone 7/7 Plus, you need to hold down the Volume down button and the Power button at the same time.

To reset your iPhone 8/8 Plus or later, press and release the volume up button, press and hold the volume down button, then press and hold the side button.

2. Switch off Bluetooth

If you’ve used an external keyboard with iPhone and forgot to disconnect it, your iPhone will keep trying to look for the bluetooth keyboard.

Make sure the iPhone’s bluetooth is turned off and not connected to an external keyboard.

Swipe down from the top right corner to open Control Center and turn off Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can go to iPhone Settings> Bluetooth and disable the option.

3. Reset all settings

As the name suggests, this option will reset all of the settings on your iPhone. It will erase all of your custom settings including automatic overrides from the last iOS update that caused some conflicts with your iPhone’s keyboard settings.

Follow the steps below to reset all settings on iPhone.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPhone.

Reset all settings

Step 2: Navigate to General> Reset> Reset All Settings. Confirm your action by adding a passcode and iOS will reset all settings on the iPhone.

4. Switch to the standard Apple keyboard

Apple opened doors to the third-party keyboard apps in the App Store. We have some of the best keyboard apps like SwitftKey and Google Keyboard on iPhone.

These keyboard apps work just fine on modern iPhones with 3GB / 4GB RAM. However, if you use a third-party keyboard app on older 1GB or 2GB RAM devices, you will find that the iOS system kills such apps in the background to free up RAM for smooth iOS navigation.

In such cases, it is advisable to revert to the default keyboard on the iPhone. Follow the steps below to change your device’s default keyboard.

Step 1: Open the keyboard in any conversation.

Step 2: Tap the globe icon in the lower left corner.

Change keyboard

Step 3: Switch from the current keyboard to the standard keyboard.

If the system still occasionally opens the third-party keyboard for you, then it is time to clear the iPhone’s third-party keyboard. Long press the app icon and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.

5. Switch to the default password manager

Similar to keyboard apps, iOS also lets you set third-party password managers like Enpass, 1Password, Dashlane, etc. as the default method for autofilling login information on iPhone.

The selected password manager replaces the iCloud keychain on the iPhone and offers integration in addition to the standard iPhone keyboard. If there are problems with the selected third-party manager, it may affect the general keyboard functionality. In such cases, you can revert to the standard iCloud Keychain Service for seamless autofills.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on the iPhone.

Step 2: Scroll down to Passwords.

Change password manager

Step 3: Go to Auto-Fill Passwords and choose iCloud Keychain from the menu below.

Now you will not have frequent keyboard issues on iPhone anymore.

6. Check the condition of the device battery

All iPhone models come with lithium-ion batteries. True to its chemical nature, it supports selected charging cycles on the device. So, if you have been using iPhone for 4-5 years, your device’s battery can be anywhere from 50 to 60% of the battery capacity.

You can check the battery health through Device Settings> Battery> Battery Health. If it is a low number, it could interfere with daily operations on iPhone, including the standard keyboard.

Check battery condition

The battery problem leads to a trip to the nearest Apple Center to swap the old one for a new one.

7. Update iPhone

The iPhone keyboard not showing issue may be due to a buggy update released by Apple. After all, the company is time is not being very good to post quality updates. The good news is that Apple is quick to fix critical issues with a bug fix update.

Update iPhone

Open the Settings app on the iPhone and go to General> Software Update and download the latest firmware update to the device.

How to Fix Keyboard Issues on iPhone

With the above tricks, you can easily fix the default keyboard not showing up on iPhone. I switched from SwiftKey to the default keyboard on iPhone and the problem has been fixed for me. Which trick worked for you? Mute the sound in the comments section below.

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