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6 Ways to fix iPhone and iPad keyboard not working properly

How to fix your iPhone and iPad keyboard?

A keyboard is an essential part of your iPhone. Without it, you wouldn't be able to type out messages, browse the internet, etc. It can be frustrating and troublesome when the keyboard suddenly starts lagging. A lagging keyboard can slow down your typing and make you misspell words accidentally, which can be very awkward if you're texting a client.

Your keyboard could have started lagging due to a glitch or a bug in your iPhone's operating system. The issue could also be due to incompatible keyboard data after an update or specific keyboard settings interfering with your iPhone.

6 Ways to fix iPhone and iPad keyboard not working properly

In this guide, we'll explain the main reasons why your iPhone keyboard may be lagging and how to fix the problem. Make sure to follow every step carefully.

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Force restart your iPhone

A simple device restart solves the problem a lot of the time, so the first thing you should do is just that. It will eliminate any minor bugs and glitches that might've occurred, thus fixing keyboard lagging.

If you don't know how to force restart your iPhone model, you can check the information here.

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Reset your keyboard dictionary

If the lagging issues appear after updating your iPhone to a new operating system version, deleting the old keyboard data could help. This method will restore your keyboard dictionary, which will erase your saved words and sentences.

To reset your keyboard dictionary, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Scroll to the bottom and select "Transfer or Reset iPhone".

Transfer or Reset iPhone

4. Tap on "Reset" and select "Reset Keyboard Dictionary".

Reset Keyboard Dictionary

5. Enter the iPhone passcode and confirm the action.

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Turn off predictive text

If you have the predictive text feature turned on, we recommend disabling it for better keyboard performance. The feature is meant to help you type faster by suggesting the next words you might want to use, but sometimes, it can make your keyboard lag. Turn the feature off and check if your keyboard stops lagging.

To turn off predictive text, follow the steps below:

1. Go to your iPhone settings.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Scroll down and tap on the "Keyboard" option.

Go to Keyboard

4. Under "English", toggle the switch next to "Predictive" to disable the feature.

Disable Predictive feature

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Turn on or off the Reduce Motion feature

The Motion settings control your iPhone's visual effects like your keyboard opening and closing, various transitions, etc. The Reduce Motion feature minimizes the visual effect n your iPhone. Turning git off or on can help stop your keyboard from lagging.

To turn off or on the Reduce Motion feature, follow the steps below:

1. Open the Settings app on your device.
2. Scroll down and go to "Accessibility" settings.
3. Under "Vision", tap on the "Motion" option.

Go to Motion

4. You'll see the "Reduce Motion" feature at the very top. If it's enabled, turn it off. If the feature is disabled, toggle the switch to turn it on.

Disable or enable Reduce Motion

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Look through keyboard settings and disable them

If you didn't know, your iPhone keyboard has plenty of features that can be customizable and added or removed when needed. You can add such features as a spelling checker, auto-capitalization, etc. Sometimes, those added features can cause the keyboard to lag. Disable each of them and check if the problem is gone.

To disable keyboard settings, follow the steps below:

1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. Scroll down a bit and select the "Keyboard" option.

Go to Keyboard

4. Go through all keyboard settings and disable them one by one.

Disable keyboard settings

5. After disabling one feature, check if your keyboard stopped lagging.

If you're still having issues with lagging, proceed to the following method.

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Update your iPhone

If nothing helps, the last thing you can try is to update your device. If the issue with your iPhone keyboard lagging is due to a more in-depth problem with the device software, check if any updates are available. If the issue is from Apple's side, they will most likely have an update ready to fix your keyboard and other matters.

To update your iPhone's operating system, follow the steps below:

1. Go to your iPhone settings.
2. Then, go to "General" settings.
3. At the top, tap on "Software Update".
4. Wait while your device searches for available updates. If found any, tap on "Download and Install".

Update iPhone

When your iPhone is updated to the lasted operating system, check if the keyboard lagging problem has been resolved.

We hope this guide provided you with the information you were looking for, and it helped you fix the iPhone keyboard lagging problem.

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