How to Move the Keyboard on iPad

Newer versions of iOS give you options

A man using an iPad with its on-screen keyboard split into two parts.

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iPad users can move their keyboard from its static position at the bottom of the tablet's screen, and even split it in half to make typing a little easier. iPad owners can also set the keys in locations on the screen to make them easier to access. Read on to learn how to change your keyboard on iPad for your specific needs.

Instructions in this article apply to iOS 13 or later.

How to Place iPad Keyboard in the Middle of the Screen

  1. Open an iOS app like Notes or Messages that uses the keyboard as its main function.

    Notes app in iPad.
  2. Tap a text field to bring up the keyboard.

    Notes in iPad.
  3. On the keyboard, long press the keyboard icon at the bottom right corner of the screen, then choose Undock.

    The virtual keyboard menu options in iPad.
  4. Press down anywhere on the keyboard and drag it up or down to the position of your preference.

    Moving the keyboard up too high could obstruct the text space in an app when you are typing.

    Sliding an undocked keyboard in iPad.
  5. Once you release the keyboard it will stay in the location you've set. To adjust the keyboard further, redo the previous steps.

How to Split Your iPad Keyboard in Two

Splitting your iPad keyboard in two is another way to adjust the keyboard to fit your preference. In addition to splitting in two, you can move each keyboard section to the exact location you desire on your iPad screen.

The split keyboard option is not available on the 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

  1. Open the keyboard in a text supported iOS app.

    Notes app in iPad.
  2. Long press the keyboard icon at the bottom right corner of the screen and choose Split.

    The virtual keyboard menu options in iPad.
  3. Lightly press Keyboard and drag to your desired position.

    Sliding a split keyboard in iPad.
  4. To return the keyboard to a single keyboard, long press Keyboard and select Merge. Or if you want to dock the keyboard as well, select Dock and Merge.

    Merging a split keyboard in iPad.

How to Return Your iPad Keyboard to its original position

If you're finished using your iPad keyboard in an alternative set up, you can easily return it to its original placement on the screen. You can also use this method if you're having any issues with the altered keyboard to reset and try again.

  1. Open up the keyboard in a text supported iOS app.

    Notes app in iPad.
  2. Long press the keyboard icon at the bottom right corner of the screen.

  3. From the pop-up menu, select Dock.

    Docking a floating keyboard in iPad.