How To Make the Keyboard Bigger on iPad

Ipad Keyboard

On the iPad, small keyboards make typing uncomfortable. Hence, there is a need to enlarge the keyboard.

One primary reason the iPad keyboard usually gets small is that the iPad pencil is active. The iPad pencil works on a minimized keyboard, so you can easily drag it to any position on the screen.

Quick Answer

To revert your iPad keyboard to its original size, you should use your two fingers to zoom it out. Your thumb and index finger is preferably the best finger to use to zoom it out.

This post will teach you how to enlarge your iPad keyboard differently. You will also have a list of iPad external keyboards you can use rather than an Inbuilt keyboard.

How To Make the Keyboard Bigger on an iPad

There are several ways to make an iPad keyboard bigger. For instance, you can zoom out the keyboard, rotate it to landscape position, or use an external keyboard.

Below are the different ways to increase the size of an iPad keyboard.

Method #1: Zooming Out the Small Keyboard

To make your iPad keyboard bigger, use your thumb and index (first) finger to zoom out the tiny keyboard.

Method #2: Removing the iPad Split Keyboard

You should do the following to remove the iPad split keyboard and get your keyboard back to a standard size.

  1. Go to a messaging app or your browser app to type in a text to make the keyboard appear.
  2. Long-press the keyboard button in the lower-right corner of the keyboard.
  3. Two options are there when you slide up your finger. You can slide it up to “Merge” or slide it to the “Dock and Merge” option.
Keep in Mind

Only iPads with a home button have a split keyboard.

Method #3: Using Landscape Mode

Another easy way to make the keyboard larger on an iPad is landscape mode.

To use the keyboard in landscape position, rotate the iPad to 90 degrees. The landscape position ensures that your keyboard takes the entire width of your iPad screen.

Method #4: Turning On the Full Keyboard

Apart from using the “Display” zoom feature to zoom in on your iPad keyboard, you can use the Magic Keyboard shortcut to enlarge your screen. Here are the ways to do so.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Click “Accessibility”.
  3. Choose “Full Keyboard Access”.
  4. Turn on the “Full Keyboard”.

Method #5: Enlarging the Keyboard Using Shortcuts

The iPad keyboard has shortcut buttons you can use to magnify the keyboard size.

Here is how to increase the keyboard size using shortcut buttons.

  1. Customize the keyboard shortcut, and click “Command”.
  2. Change the focus display, then tap the options that follow. The keyboard options are auto-hide, increased size, high contrast, and color.
  3. Because you want to increase the keyboard, you should select “Increase Size”. You then have the specific size of the keyboard you want to use.

Method #6: Changing the Keyboard Layout

Another method to increase the keyboard size of the iPad is to set an alternate layout on the keyboard.

You should follow these steps to set an alternate layout on your iPad keyboard.

  1. Open your Settings.
  2. Tap “General”.
  3. Select “Keyboard”.
  4. Go to the top of the screen and set your preferred keyboard language.
  5. A list will appear; select “Alternate Layout”.

Method #7: Using an External Keyboard

Rather than using the inbuilt keyboards to type, which may feel uncomfortable at times, you can use the iPad keyboard. Most iPad external keyboards are lightweight and durable.

More importantly, these keyboards protect your iPad just by closing it when you are done. They all come with a magnet that makes the attachment possible. And they are all good for typing on your iPad.

Here are the best external keyboards many iPad users have found to be very good.

Magic Keyboard

The Magic Keyboard has a floating cantilever design, backlit keys, and a built trackpad. It is also very decent for iPad Pro and iPad Pro Air.

It also has a USB port for charging and a back cover to protect the keyboard and your iPad screen.

It is compatible with iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), and iPad Air (4th and 5th generation).

Smart Keyboard Folio

The Smart Keyboard Folio is similar to the Magic Keyboard. However, it also offers front protection in addition to back safety. You can switch between two viewing angles with this keyboard.

It is compatible with the following iPads: iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation); iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation); iPad Air (4th and 5th generation).

Smart Keyboard

You can fold the Smart Keyboard into different configurations when watching videos or typing email messages. It comes with a front-end cover, and it is lightweight. 

It is compatible with iPad (7th, 8th, and 9th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), and iPad Pro 10.5‑inch.


You can make your iPad keyboard bigger when you zoom it out. If your iPad keyboard is still not comfortable for you, you should follow the alternate ways for you to get the best out of the iPad keyboard and make it comfortable provided in this article.

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