Did your iPad keyboard shrink unexpectedly? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. I prepared a quick and simple guide that shows how to make your iPad keyboard bigger in seconds.
Grab your iPad, and let’s get started.
How To Make Keyboard Bigger on iPad
This is a common problem that happens more than you think. You might have accidentally touched the screen, and your iPad keyboard is now a mini keyboard. Reference the picture above to see if it looks the same.
This is Apple’s Floating Keyboard feature, which is used when you want to type with one hand. It’s useful when you need it, but it can be disorienting when it appears by accident.
Here’s what you have to do to get your keyboard back to the original full size:
- Touch and hold two fingers on the Floating Keyboard
- Swipe outwardly (spread it apart) as the picture above guides you.
Your keyboard should now be back to normal. If it’s still a Floating Keyboard, make sure your fingertips are touching the keyboard and swipe by pushing your fingers away from each other. It’s the same motion used on laptop trackpads to zoom in and out.
YouTube short video that shows how to make the Keyboard bigger on iPad:
How To Make Keyboard Smaller on iPad
In case you want to use the Floating Keyboard, here are the steps:
- Open the Apple Keyboard in an App
- Swipe in an inward motion while touching the Keyboard
- Hold on to the gray line below the keyboard to reposition. You can drag it to the middle to the left, right, whatever.
The Floating Keyboard is pretty handy when you don’t want to reach across your entire iPad to type.
Can You Disable The Floating Keyboard Gesture On an iPad?
I’ve come across this question many times. Sometimes, people accidentally shrink their keyboard and want to turn off this feature. Unfortunately, you can’t do that. However, if you’re using a physical keyboard like the Magic Keyboard, this won’t be an issue.
How To Make Keyboard Split on iPad?
You might have heard of or might have seen iPads that have a split keyboard. Unfortunately, this feature is no longer available.
iPads with screens larger than 10.5 inches, like the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, as well as the 10.9-inch iPad Air 4th generation, do not have the Split Keyboard option. Instead, they offer the new Floating Keyboard alongside the regular full-size on-screen keyboard.
On the other hand, all other iPad models, including the 9.7-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, running iPadOS 14.x, still have the Full Keyboard, Split Keyboard, and the new smaller Floating Keyboard available.”
How To Make iPad Keyboard Bigger Than The Original One
If you’re coming from an Android ecosystem you might be familiar with adjusting keyboard height. It’s a feature that allows you to customize the keyboard.
Unfortunately, Apple does not allow users to adjust the stock keyboard.
This means there is no way to adjust the keyboard to be taller, bigger or smaller with the Apple on-screen keyboard. But you can get an app that will make your original keyboard bigger on iPad.
But there’s one app we’ve found that might be what you’re looking for – XL Keyboard. It costs $0.99 it app store.
The app has many custom adjustments you can make to increase/decrease the keyboard size, change the layout, and several language options.
If you need to make your keyboard a bit bigger for a senior citizen or you have bad eyesight, this will help you solve your problem.
To summarize: it’s an app that will make your keyboard keys extra large.
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