If your iPad keyboard appears small or is split in half

Find out how to get your iPad onscreen keyboard back to normal if it's appearing smaller than expected or if it's split in half.

If your iPad keyboard isn't appearing at its full size and centred in the bottom of your screen, you've probably turned on one of these features:

  • Floating keyboard, which is a smaller, single keyboard that can move anywhere on the screen
  • Split keyboard, which divides the keyboard into two halves that can move up and down

To get your keyboard back to normal, follow the steps below.

How to get your floating iPad keyboard back to normal


  1. Place two fingers on the floating keyboard.
  2. Spread your fingers apart to enlarge the keyboard back to its full size, then let go.

How to get your split iPad keyboard back to normal


  1. Tap a text field in an app to make the keyboard appear.
  2. Touch and hold the keyboard button  in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard.
  3. Slide your finger up to either Merge or Dock and Merge, then let go.

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

Learn more

Find out more about typing with the onscreen keyboard on iPad, including how to use the floating and split keyboard.

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