iPhone Keyboard Stopped Working [Solved]

A lot of iPhone users have recently shared reports where they mentioned that the keyboard on their iPhones has suddenly stopped working and they are unable to type anything.

It is really a major issue to be considered since you need to have a keyboard that is working properly in order to search for something, browse any files, just text a message, etc.

After analyzing a lot on this issue, we found a few potential causes of this problem, and some of them might be because of technical glitches within the iPhone, wrong keyboard settings being chosen, etc.

Now let us see the different kinds of solutions provided in the article below that will help you in resolving this problem easily.

Initial Fixes to Try

  1. Restart the iPhone device – If the keyboard is not working due to the internal minor software bugs of the iPhone, you can clear those glitches easily by restarting your iPhone once and see if this works.
  2. Install the recent update – Updating the iPhone software has always been standard practice when there are some issues created on iPhone. So we advise you to try updating your iPhone software.
  3. Uninstall the conflicting app – Sometimes, users might think the issue is somewhere with the keyboard but not with the application in which the keyboard got stuck. So uninstall the conflicting application which might be the reason for this issue.

Fix 1 – Reset the Keyboard Dictionary

Step 1: You have to first open the settings app.

Step 2: Then go to the General option from the settings menu list as shown below.

Step 3: Now select the Transfer or Reset iPhone option at the bottom.


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Step 4: Click Reset.


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Step 5: Later, select the Reset Keyboard Dictionary option from the pop-up menu on the screen.


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Step 6: You might be required to enter your iPhone passcode.

Step 7: Once done, finally, click Reset Dictionary as shown below.


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Fix 2 – Check If Emoji is working

Step 1: Go to the Message app and open a new message window to pop up the keyboard.

Step 2: Once you see the Keyboard layout, Long tap on the smiley icon at the bottom left corner as shown in the below screenshot.

Step 3: After that, select the Emoji option from the context menu above it as shown.


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Step 4: This opens the Emoji layout.

Step 5: Check whether you are able to use the emojis without any issues.

Step 6: If yes, it means there is no issue with the Emojis and only the selected Keyboard is not working.

Verify the Keyboards Settings

Step 7: Now that you have found that something is wrong with the keyboard, you need to go to the Keyboard Settings from the context menu as shown below.


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Step 8: Select the Keyboards option at the top by clicking on it.


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Step 9: If there is no keyboard option that you are using while typing, you need to add the keyboard by clicking on Add New Keyboard and following the onscreen instructions.


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Fix 3 – Try switching to a different keyboard

If you have several language keyboards downloaded and installed on your iPhone, try switching to a different language keyboard.

Step 1: Long tap on the Emoji icon at the bottom left side of the keyboard layout as shown.

Step 2: Select the different language keyboard from the list in the context menu by simply tapping on it.


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Step 3: After selecting, try typing something on the keyboard and check if this worked.

Fix 4 – Rotate the iPhone Screen to check the keyboard

Step 1: You have to launch the Control Centre screen on your iPhone by swiping down the iPhone screen from the top right side.

Step 2: After the control centre screen appears, turn off the Portrait Orientation Lock by tapping on it as shown below.


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Step 3: Next, go to the keyboard to type on any application.

Step 4: After the keyboard layout appeared, rotate your iPhone to landscape to left or right.

Step 5: Now that the screen is also rotated accordingly, check whether the keyboard is working or not.

Fix 5 – Install a 3rd-Party Keyboard on your iPhone

NOTE – We are using Gboard -the Google Keyboard as an example. But you are free to install any third-party keyboard you like.

Step 1: Go to the App Store on your iPhone.

Step 2: Afterwards, click on the Search button at the bottom.

Step 3: Type Gboard in the search bar and select the Gboard from the search results as shown in the below screenshot.


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Step 4: Now click the GET button to download and install the Gboard Google Keyboard app on your iPhone.

NOTE -After installing the Gboard app, open the app and do the needful initial setup.


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Step 5: Once it is done, go to the Keyboard Layout and long press on the emoji icon to see the context menu.

Step 6: Here you will see the Gboard option in the context menu which you have to select by tapping on it.


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Now try typing anything on this keyboard and see if this works.