Split and move the keyboard on your iPad

You can split the keyboard on your iPad, then move it up or down on your screen to help you type.

How to split your iPad keyboard

iPad showing a split keyboard being used in the Notes app

  1. Open an app, then tap a text field.
  2. Touch and hold the keyboard button  in the lower-right corner of the keyboard.
  3. Slide up and tap Split.

The split keyboard is available only on iPad models that have a Home button.

How to merge your split iPad keyboard

iPad showing the split keyboard being merged by touching the Merge button

  1. Tap a text field in an app.
  2. Touch and hold the keyboard button  in the lower-right corner of the keyboard.
  3. Slide up and tap Merge.

To turn Split Keyboard on or off, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Split Keyboard.

How to move your split iPad keyboard

You can move your keyboard to a different part of the screen, so it's not always at the bottom. Here's how:

  1. Touch and hold the keyboard button .
  2. Slide up, then tap Undock.
  3. Lightly press and hold the keyboard button , then immediately drag the keyboard up or down the screen.

You can also move a split keyboard up or down the screen. Just lightly press and hold the keyboard button , then immediately drag the keyboard up or down the screen. To move a full keyboard back to the bottom of the screen, touch and hold the keyboard button , then slide up and tap Dock.

To merge a split keyboard and move it back to the bottom of the screen, touch and hold the keyboard button , slide up, then tap Dock and Merge.

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