How to Fix Split Keyboard on iPad

December 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

The iPad offers an impressive variety of uses, but one feature that can be frustrating if it isn’t set up correctly is the virtual keyboard. Some users have reported that the keyboard suddenly appears to be split in two, like a mirror image of itself. This can be difficult to navigate, and it can also cause the keyboard to disappear from certain apps.

Fortunately, this is an easy problem to fix. To regain access to your keyboard, first locate the keyboard icon on the screen. This is usually located in the bottom right or bottom left corner of the screen. Once you find the keyboard icon, tap and hold it. This will reveal a menu with options including “undock”, “split”, and “dock and merge.” Once you select the Undock or Split option, you can simply drag your keyboard to either side of the screen to push it together.

Using the keyboard in this mode should resolve your problem, but it’s worth trying a few additional troubleshooting steps to ensure that your keyboard is functioning properly. If you are still having trouble, try rebooting your iPad. To do this, press and hold the power button until you see the enchanting “slide to power off” slider appear, then turn your iPad back on. This can help reset minor glitches in the software, restoring functionality for the “undock and split” feature. You can also check for any available iOS or iPadOS updates, as they can contain bug fixes that can solve unexpected problems.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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