If there is one product that has caught the attention of tech experts, it is the iPad.
Designed by apple, the product took the tech world by storm, upon being first announced by Apple.
It is today one of the most sought after tablets all over the world, often leading in sales over many other brands in the marketplace.
With its sleek looks, stunning features and a host of other important attributes, the iPad is one technological gizmo like no other.
And just like any other technological gizmo, the iPad also comes with its own host of advantages and disadvantages.
When it comes to the issue of disadvantages, one of the most important happens to be that of the iPad’s keyboard. Users of the iPad have reported that the iPad has a host of different problems, which range from the trivial and annoying to the fairly serious.
Given in the list below are some of the most common problems and solutions for the same.
1.) The iPad Keyboard Slow, Laggy or Frozen
This is by far one of the most common problems faced by users of the iPad. It is probably the biggest cause of frustration compared to any other issues.
And as annoying as it may be, the issue doesn’t really have a specific solution to it. There could be several.
One of the most common solutions could be that there is a very buggy or faulty application that you may have to uninstall. Many people notice that the keyboard starts functioning normally.
Then there are the device setting issues that could be modified. To address this, you will need to go to settings-general-accessibility-guided access and make a minor change here. The ‘guided access’ can sometimes cause keyboards to become laggy. Once the feature is turned off, the keyboard can return to normal.
Another thing you can do is to try and reset all of the device settings, by going to settings-general and then select the option to reset all the settings.
Last but not the least; you can remove third-party keyboards by going to settings-general-keyboards and making a small change over here. By swiping a keyboard name to its left, you will get the option to delete it. Doing this may also help to eliminate the issue from your iPad.
2.) The Interface Orientation Is Stuck To Landscape or Portrait
Another major problem reported by iPad users is that the orientation of the keyboard is ‘stuck’ in the landscape or portrait mode, even after the device is rotated.
This can be due to a variety of reasons.
One of the best ways to address the issue is by simply turning off the device and restarting it again. This is one of the best solutions for a keyboard stuck in the wrong orientation.
Another thing that can be done is to go to settings-general and then select ‘side switch’. Once this option has been opened on your iPad, you can select the option ‘lock rotation’ and see whether it is on or off. Turning off the option will help the keyboard to return to normal.
In cases where the problem is specific to a particular app, it might just be an app issue, rather than an iPad issue.
Last but not the least; you could reset all of the iPad settings, using the details in the previous point.
3.) The iPad Keyboard Is Split In Two
This is actually not a problem but a feature.
Designed for people who have multitasking needs, the iPad has the option to split its onscreen keyboard, so as to make it more efficient for its users.
While this is an amazing feature, it can become very frustrating if you don’t have a need for it. Should you be having a split keyboard on the screen and would like to make it normal again, here is what you’ll need to do.
You will need to go to settings-general-keyboards and then select the option which says ‘split keyboard’. You will notice that the feature is marked as on. Sliding it off will help your iPad keyboard to return to normal.
4.) The iPad Keyboard Has Disappeared
Another common issue has to do with the iPad onscreen keyboard disappearing from the main screen. In other words, all that you can see is the home window or the active app, and that’s it. There is no trace of the keyboard anywhere on the screen.
There are several causes for this, and consequently, several different solutions.
The first one is to simply do a hard reset, where the device is turned off and then turned back on again. Once this is done, you should have the problem return to normal.
If the above option doesn’t work, there is a probability that the problem is being caused by a Bluetooth issue. By turning off the iPad’s Bluetooth option, which is often used for connecting it to an external keyboard, you should be able to get the keyboard again.
Another option you can go for is to go to the Apple iStore and then restore the iPad. Once this is done, the keyboard should be back on the screen again.
5.) The Bluetooth Connectivity to an External Keyboard Isn’t Working
Not everyone likes to use the iPad’s onscreen virtual keyboard. Many find it to be very cumbersome and irritating, because of which they go for an actual keyboard.
This is where Bluetooth connected keyboards come into the picture.
If this keyboard isn’t getting connected to the iPad, it might be a pairing issue on the device. To resolve it, all that needs to be done is to go to settings-Bluetooth and then click on the list of paired devices. Once this feature has been opened, the existing pairing between the device and the Bluetooth keyboard can be removed by selecting the option, ‘Forget this device’. Upon doing this, you can reinstall the keyboard again and start using like before.
The above mentioned complaints are but some of the most important and commonly reported of all issues with regard to the iPad keyboard. Following the steps as mentioned above should help you in getting all the issues resolved without anay issues.
Also to note here is that there are certainly many other issues here, but these are by far the most common.
In all, it is very likely that if you have an iPad or are planning to buy one soon, you will need to deal with the keyboard issues sooner or later.
The points mentioned above and others like it should help you to navigate through these annoying issues, with relative ease and as little time as possible.