You need to use the iPhone keyboard to enter but you have a problem like this: “iPhone keyboard lags and not working properly”, “iPhone keyboard is frozen” or “iPhone keyboard not popping up”? This is most likely to appear after updating to iOS 12/11.4, after replacing the screen, or after charging your iPhone.                           

Your iPhone keyboard is not working but you don’t know what to do? Check the simple methods to fix the iPhone keyboard problem. Here, this article will analyze keyboard issues and provide a corresponding solution.

4 Simple Tips to Fix iPhone Keyboard Not Working

First, I recommend that you try some simple tricks to fix “iPhone keyboard not working” on iOS 12/11.

Tip 1: Open “Settings” app on iPhone, find “General” > “Accessibility” > “Zoom”, and then you can disable zoom.

Tip 2: Open “Settings” on device, find “Display & Brightness” > “View”, and then select “Standard” and tap “Set”.

Tip 3: Open “Settings” app > find “General” > tap “Accessibility” > turn off “Reachability”.

Tip 4: Open “Settings” and go to “General”, find “Accessibility” > toggle off “Reduce Motion”.

If none of the above 4 tips can solve your “iPhone keyboard does not work properly” problem? Please try the more powerful but slightly complicated methods below.

Reset Keyboard Dictionary If It Delays

If you are typing but the keyboard can’t keep up with your typing speed, this is because your iPhone has a keyboard lag. You need to reset the keyboard dictionary.

Tap on iPhone : Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary, and then enter your password

Force Restart If iPhone Keyboard Is Frozen

If you can’t type anything because iPhone’s keyboard becomes unresponsive, this means iPhone freezes.  In order to solve this problem, you need to force restart your device. Please see the specific steps:

For iPhone 6 and earlier models, press and hold the power button and the Home button simultaneously for at least 10 seconds. Release the buttons when you see the Apple logo appears. (For iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, press “power” and “volume down”.)

For iPhone X/XS/XR/8/Plus, quickly press Volume Up, and then quickly press Volume Down. At last, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Restore iPhone If keyboard Not Popping Up

You typed text on iPhone but nothing appeared on the screen? The problem is that the keyboard does not pop up. If you have any third-party keyboard, you can switch and try to use a different one instead of Apple’s default keyboard. If still not working, you need to restore the iPhone because there could be iOS system problems.

Way 1. Restore from iCloud

Open Settings, and tap General > Reset > Delete all content and settings. You’ll be asked to type in password to wipe your device. After that, when iPhone ask you to set up your iPhone, select “Restore from iCloud Back”.

Way 1. Restore from iTunes

Open iTunes on computer, and then connect iPhone to PC via USB. Secondly, click Restore Back and select the most relevant previous iTunes backup file to restore. This will take a few minutes to complete, please wait patiently.

How to Use Alternative keyboard on iPhone? Which to Choose?

How to install other alternative keyboards on iPhone? What are fine alternatives to iPhone default keyboard?

  1. Open iPhone app store and tap on a keyboard
  2. Log into your Apple account to start downloading.
  3. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard

In addition, here are 6 alternative keyboards that are easy to use.


It’s an easy-to-use Google keyboard that lets you quickly browse the Internet and find answers to your queries.

2. Shortcuts

It is a keyboard that can learn intelligence from the users themselves.

3. Flecky

Its biggest feature is its speed and power.

4. Minuum

It automatically corrects input errors.

5. Theme board

It has over 30 design themes.

6. Gokeyboard

It intelligently predicts by providing user habits to help you type faster.


This post lists 4 solutions to fix the iPhone keyboard not working issue. You can use these tips when you find iPhone keyboard is lagging or not responding. In addition, this post also introduces effective alternatives to use, instead of staying on the default keyboard.

Author Bio:

Liz Harris, writer of FoneCope, enjoys discovering and sharing tips for iPhone and iPad issues.