iPhone Keyboard Not Working? Here's How You Can Fix It

iPhone Keyboard Not Working

iPhones, especially the latest iPhone 14/13, are undoubtedly the most advanced phones available in the market. They are well designed and full of exciting features & functions, but still are not completely out of bugs and flaws. A number of users have reported that they are facing issues with the iPhone keyboard where it freezes randomly, not popping up, or preventing them from typing anything etc. For example:

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“After updating to iOS 14 on my iPhone X, keyboard does not response while typing the letters y, g, v, 6 along with the symbol @. I can't even sign in to other email address in my mailbox because @ cannot be typed. I have tried the reset method and restore from iTunes. But, the iPhone keyboard does not work for typing the mentioned letters and symbol. Anyone has a solution for this problem? Please help me ASAP…”

Are you also facing the iPhone keyboard not working issues right after charging, screen replacement, or updating to the latest iOS 14? If you do, then you are in the right place. This article will help you fix the problem of iPhone keyboard not working properly. Here we're going to discuss 5 common iPhone keyboard problems and what you can do to fix the issues. Let's take a look at each of them one by one.

1. Keyboard Lag

If you are trying to type something – an email or a text messages, but the iPhone keyboard can't keep up, then you're most likely struggling with keyboard lag. And it can be really frustrating at times. Nevertheless, you can fix the issue by resetting keyboard dictionary. Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. Click the "General" tab and followed the "Reset".

  2. Then click the "Reset Keyboard Dictionary" tab and enter your password when prompted.

iPhone Keyboard Not Working

2. Frozen Keyboard

You're typing an important message, but suddenly your iPhone keyboard stops responding. Or you're taping on different keys, but the keyboard of iPhone just freezes and nothing seems to be working. This scenario is known as a frozen keyboard. You can restart your iPhone or hard reset it to fix a frozen keyboard. Below are the two ways to do that.

Option 1. If your iPhone can be shut down normally:

  1. Just press the Power button and hold it for a few seconds. Once you seed the slide to power off message, move the slider to right to switch off your iPhone.

  2. Wait for around 2-3 minutes and switch on your iPhone again, then check if your keyboard is back to normal.

Force Restart iPhone iPad

Option 2. If you are unable to shut download iPhone normally:

  1. Just press and hold the Power button along with the Home button or the Volume Down button depending upon your iPhone model.

  2. Keep holding both buttons for approximately 10-12 seconds and wait for the Apple logo to appear on the screen, then release the buttons.

3. Keyboard Not Popping Up

Leave aside a keyboard lag or a frozen keyboard, many users have reported that their iPhone keyboard not showing up when they need to type something. Well, this issue is known as the keyboard not popping-up issue and is easy to fix. In most scenarios, simply restarting your iPhone might do the trick. If this fails, you might have to restore your iPhone, either using iTunes or iCloud. Let's look at both the techniques now.

Option 1. Restore iPhone using iTunes

  1. Connect your iPhone to a PC or Mac where your device backup is stored, and open iTunes.

  2. Click on the iPhone icon and choose "Restore Backup…", then pick the relevant backup and hit the "Restore" button. Waif for the restore process to be finished.

Recover Data from iTunes Backup

Option 2. Restore iPhone using iCloud

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone. Click General > Reset and tap the option "Erase All Contents and Settings".

  2. Enter your iCloud password when prompted. Ensure that your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi and follow the onscreen instructions to restore it from iCloud backup.

Recover Data from iCloud Backup

Please don't forget to back up your iPhone data before you do the restore. You can try FoneGeek iOS Data Backup & Restore – a professional tool enables you selectively back up messages, contacts, WhatsApp, photos and more data on your iPhone or iPad.

4. Keyboard Typing Noises Not Working

If you're someone who enjoys hearing keyboard clicks while typing, this issue can be troublesome. Well, the easiest thing you can do is check if the mute toggle button is not switched on. This is one reason why your keyboard typing noises are not functioning. However, if this is not the issue, here's how you can do it:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and click the "Sounds & Haptics" tab. 

  2. Scroll down to check if the "Keyboard Clicks" toggle is switched on. In case it if off, switch it on to fix the issue.

iPhone Keyboard Not Working

If none of the issues mentioned above are responsible for the missing keyboard typing noises, simply restarting your iPhone would help you.

5. Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working

If you're someone who is fond of shortcuts while typing, keyboard shortcuts not working properly can turn your world upside down. Luckily, there are different ways to fix this issue and get your keyboard shortcuts working again. Let's look at them one by one.

Option 1. Delete Shortcuts

The simplest way to deal with this issue is deleting a shortcut and creating a new one. Also, you can add a new shortcut to the existing shortcut list and see if that helps you in fixing the problem.

Option 2. Reset Keyboard Dictionary

If deleting shortcut doesn't work, you can follow the same steps mentioned in the first section – keyboard lag to reset the keyboard dictionary. This can help you fix keyboard shortcuts that are not working.

Option 3. Check the Documents & Data

Sometimes an iCloud syncing issue may result in keyboard shortcuts not working properly. In such situation, go to Settings > your name > iCloud on your iPhone and check if the "Documents & Data" toggle is turned on. In case it is on, switch it off and turn on again.

6. Fix iPhone Keyboard Not Working Problem without Any Data Loss

Actually, the safest and most convenient way to fix an iPhone keyboard not working properly is using a third-party tool, i.e. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery. This program offers 3 modes to help resolve your keyboard not working issue without any data loss. It is compatible with all iOS models running on any iOS version, such as iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/7/6s/6 Plus, iPad (iOS 14/13.6 supported).


To get started, please download and install FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your PC/Mac:

  1. Run FoneGeek iOS System Recovery on your computer and connect your iPhone to it using a USB cable.

  2. Select the "Repair Operating System" and click "Fix Now" ;to put your device into DFU Mode or Recovery Mode.

  3. After that, confirm the iPhone information and hit the "Download" ;to download the repaired plug-in and restore iPhone.

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The Final Call

As you've seen in this article, there's not one but several reasons behind as iPhone keyboard that is not working. Carefully identify the issue you are facing and take the necessary measures to fix it. If you're unable to find out the reason, you can use FoneGeek iOS System Recovery to fix any iPhone keyboard related issue. If you have encountered other troubles while using your iPhone, like iPhone stuck in recovery mode, DFU mode, headphone mode, iPhone stuck on Apple logo, black or white screen of death, iMessage doesn't say delivered, etc. welcome to try this powerful program to bring your iPhone back to normal.

Sunday on Aug 30, 2020, 16:28:57 GMT / Post By FoneGeek to iPhone Issues

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