How to Make the Keyboard Bigger on iPad

Last Updated on January 14, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks and Ameer Ashraf

In recent years, Apple has made critical changes in its philosophy by allowing many different gestures and customization. But for people who don’t tinker in the settings menu, there’s a lot you might not know. 

If you’re reading this, you might have one of two problems. You’ve either accidentally made your keyboard smaller, or you want to make the normal keyboard bigger. Either way, we got you. 

How to Resize Your iPad Keyboard if You Made it Smaller By Accident(Floating Keyboard)

how to resize ipad small keyboard(floating keyboard)

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 can be disorienting when you set it accidentally. 

Here’s what you have to do to get your keyboard back to the original full size

  1. Touch and hold two fingers on the Floating Keyboard
  2. Swipe in an outward motion (spread it apart) 

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. 

In case you want to use the Floating Keyboard, here are the steps – 

  1. Open the Apple Keyboard in an App
  2. Swipe in an inward motion while touching the Keyboard
  3. Hold on to the gray line below the keyboard to reposition
how to make your keyboard small on ipad(make floating keyboard on ipad)

The Floating Keyboard is pretty handy when you don’t want to reach across your entire iPad to type. 

But if this isn’t the problem you’re having and you want to increase the keyboard size, read the next section. 

How to Change Keyboard Size on iPad Keyboard

If you’re coming from an Android device you might be familiar with adjusting keyboard height. It’s a fantastic feature that allows you to customize the keyboard to your liking. 

Unfortunately, Apple does not allow users to adjust the stock keyboard height.

This means there is no way to adjust the keyboard to be taller or smaller with the Apple on-screen keyboard. But there are a few workarounds that might help achieve what you’re looking for. 

Use a Third Party App

There are a few third-party keyboards that allow you to “increase” or “decrease” your keyboard height. However, in most cases, these kinds of apps will only adjust the key size, and not the keyboard size.

But there’s one app we’ve found that might be what you’re looking for – XL Keyboard

The app has many custom adjustments you can make to increase/decrease the keyboard size, change the layout, and several language options. At a glance, the app looks pretty decent.

But in our experience, third-party apps are hit-or-miss. They might be exactly what you need or they might cause more problems than it solves. They’re usually not maintained with frequent updates, are misleading, or are ridiculously priced

Make sure to research the app beforehand to know if it’s trustworthy or not. Don’t pay for an app you’re not sure of. If everything checks out for you, give it a shot. You can always delete it afterward. 

Use a Split Keyboard

Besides the Floating Keyboard, Apple has another feature called the Split Keyboard. But instead of minimizing into one mini keyboard, Split Keyboard ‘splits’ the keyboard into two smaller keyboards on the left and right sides of the screen.

In real-world usage, it’s a gamer changer to text quickly in a comfortable, natural position. Here’s how to enable Split Keyboard on your iPad – 

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on General 
  3. Tap on Keyboard
  4. Enable/Disable Split Keyboard

Now that you’ve enabled it, you can use it in apps that use a keyboard. This is what you have to do to use it –

  1. Open the Keyboard in an app
  2. Tap & Hold the Hide Keyboard button on the bottom-right corner
  3. Swipe your fingers apart to Split the keyboard 

Your keyboard should now be using the Split Keyboard. To set it back to normal, simply hold the Hide Keyboard button again and swipe inward to merge the keyboard. 

This sets the keyboard in a comfortable, smaller position to type with. It isn’t exactly adjusting the keyboard height, but it does make it smaller and more manageable to use. The Split Keyboard is available only on select iPad models. 

Compatible iPad Models – 

  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)
  • iPad (5th generation to 9th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch

Final Thoughts

We’ve gone over some quick hacks to solve a few iPad keyboard issues. 

Some methods we’ve outlined to adjust your keyboard height aren’t perfect. But with the limited options Apple gives to users, it’s hard to find real workarounds to these problems. 

They’re bandaids that might or might not work for you.

Hopefully, you’ve learned something new to make your iPad more comfortable to use. We’ll have to wait and see if Apple allows users to fully customize their keyboards in future iOS updates. 

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