Show iPad keyboard despite connected hardware keyboard

If you have paired a hardware keyboard with the iPad, then it is usually missing: the software keyboard from iOS or iPadOS shown on the display. However, this is required for some special characters, the dictation function and other extras that cannot be entered / activated via a haptic keyboard. This also includes emojis. In the following you will find short instructions with which you can display the iPad keyboard despite the connected Smart Keyboard (or other model).

Show the iPad keyboard on the display despite the hardware keyboard being coupled? This works out! Here are the instructions with which you can display the software keyboard, even if a Smart Keyboard is connected.
Show the iPad keyboard on the display despite the hardware keyboard being coupled? This works out! Here are the instructions with which you can display the software keyboard, even if a Smart Keyboard is connected.

Use iPad software keyboard when hardware keyboard is paired

The first way in iOS or iPadOS on the Apple iPad leads you to the settings. Work yourselves in the Settings via the menu item General to the submenu Keyboard in front. There you activate the option named shortcuts. Now you can close the settings again and open an app for text editing, a messenger app or the like. 

There should now be a shortcut line at the bottom of the display. An arrow symbol can be seen on the right of this line. You tap this and the iPad keyboard appears despite the coupled hardware keyboard. This means that the additional functions of the on-screen keyboard can also be used with a connected Smart Keyboard (Folio) or another model.

More tips, instructions and information on the Apple iPad

Here in the blog you can find many more articles about the Apple iPad; From ideas about new Apple tablets to accessories and chargers to apps, settings and the like. You can also find out which ones here Mac and iPad models compatible with Sidecar are. In addition, the free one recently became available Sir Apfelot app for the iPad has been optimized. Just have a look and feel free to get in touch if you have a specific question and need help with a hiring;)

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