Some of our readers report keyboard lag and typing delays after upgrading to the latest iOS. And that their iPhones’ and iPads’ keyboards aren’t working as they should. Symptoms include general keyboard slowness, delays, or lagging when typing, keyboard(s) freezing, keyboard shortcuts not working, and even stuttering of letters when typing.
We know this is a real problem for many of us iFolks. Even a couple of our staff writers notice a decline in keyboard performance when working on their updated iPads and iPhones. Their keyboards just freeze and become super laggy!
If this sounds like you, we know how frustrating it is. And we are here to help.
So let’s get to it!
- 1 iPhone & iDevice Keyboard Lag
- 1.1 Simple Fixes for Keyboard Lag
- 1.2 Disable Keyboard Settings
- 1.3 Additional Tips for Keyboard Lag
- 1.4 Finally, if Nothing Works
- 1.5 Wrapping it Up!
iPhone & iDevice Keyboard Lag
You go to type in your iDevice and your keyboard just freezes and becomes super laggy! It’s like your iPhone just can’t keep up! If you continue typing and wait a few seconds, everything you typed starts appearing but not in the order you expect. It’s a garbled mess of letters and very frustrating.
Keyboard lag commonly appears when typing emails, texts, or when using Messages. Consequently, your iPhone or other iDevice ends up virtually unusable to type emails, respond to text, enter web pages or anything involving the keyboard. Not Good.
Try the following suggestions, from least invasive at the start of the list to most dramatic at the end. This list is not a step by step, so try each fix one at a time and then see if it resolves your issue. If not, continue to the next tip on the list.
Simple Fixes for Keyboard Lag
Close ALL open apps
- Double-click the Home button
- Swipe right or left to see all your open apps
- Swipe up on each app’s preview to close
Turn OFF Reachability
- Reachability is only on the larger iPhone models
Turn OFF Zoom
- Under Vision, toggle Zoom OFF
Set Display Zoom to Standard
- Tap Standard and tap Set
- Available only on iPhone 6 and later models
Switch Screen Mode
- Turn display to portrait or landscape mode
- If unresponsive, ensure orientation lock is OFF
Turn OFF iCloud Drive
- Go to Settings>iCloud>iCloud Drive>OFF
Delete iCloud Documents&Data
- Settings>iCloud>Storage>Manage Storage
- Under Documents & Data, select the first app
- Tap “Edit” from upper right
- Select “Delete All”
- DO this for each app storing Documents&Data
Reset the Keyboard Dictionary
- Settings>General>Reset>Reset Keyboard Dictionary
Disable Keyboard Settings
Disable Predictive Text
- Settings > General > Keyboard > Predictive > OFF
Turn Dictation OFF
- Settings > General > Keyboard > Enable Dictation > OFF
Disable ALL Keyboard Settings
- Settings > General > Keyboard
- Turn Toggles OFF for all these settings from Auto-Capitalization through Shortcut
Delete Additional Keyboards
- Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards
- Select Edit and select minus sign to delete
- Includes deleting Emoji keyboard
- Add keyboards back after issues resolved
Additional Tips for Keyboard Lag
Turn iPhone OFF and Back ON
- Hold Power Button until slider appears
- Slide OFF
Perform a Settings Reset
- Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings
- Does not delete any of your data pictures, texts, etc
- Reader Tip–Do this TWICE, that sometimes does the trick
Restart your iPhone
- Hold sleep and home button together until screen goes black and apple logo appears
- Don’t let buttons go until you see the logo
Reset Network Settings
- Settings>General>Reset>Reset Network Settings
- You might need to enter in WiFi passwords again and any other manual settings
- Toggle OFF and ON
- Reader Tip–Do this a couple of times
Return to Factory Settings
- Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Contents and Settings
- Factory restore DOES delete everything
- Backup iPhone or iDevice to iCloud or via iTunes FIRST
Finally, if Nothing Works
If none of the tips worked for you, there are a couple of options. First, if your iPhone or iDevice is still under warranty from Apple Care or via your Mobile Carrier, contact support and schedule an appointment with an Apple Care Genius. It’s best practice to conduct a full backup to iCloud or iTunes BEFORE your appointment.
Perform a Restore AFTER Backing Up
If your iDevice is not currently under warranty, then the time’s come to try a full restore either via iCloud or iTunes. It’s not a pretty solution but this might be the best option if none of the tips above worked. If possible, backup your iPhone or other iDevice just before you start your restore.
Restore with DFU Mode
If you experience trouble restoring via iCloud or iTunes, then try a full recovery in DFU Mode using iTunes. Just backup your iPhone or iDevice via iCloud or iTunes (and preferably both following our 2X2 rule) before you try this last resort.
Wrapping it Up!
When your iPhone’s or other iDevice’s keyboard lags and delay when typing, it’s a real pain in the you-know-what. It makes almost everything we do with our iDevices, like texting and email, very difficult and extremely frustrating! So we hope that one of the suggestions above did indeed work for you. As a reminder, always start with the least invasive and if that doesn’t do the trick, try another. Move down this list to try the easiest fixes first.
We don’t know why this keyboard lag occurs. But we do know it frequently happens after updating to the latest iOS. These typing delays appear to impact older devices more often and with greater severity, with a sizable delay between tapping a key and the character appearing on screen.
Historically, iOS updates cause these kinds of keyboard and typing problems–these tips should fix it. As minor iOS updates release, improvements are usually made and these bumps in the road, like keyboard lag and typing delays, get sorted out. We expect that the next iOS updates to resolve this issue completely. But in the meantime, try out our list of suggestions to get your keyboard and typing back to work.
So remember to always make sure you update your iOS to the latest version. And of course, ALWAYS BACKUP prior to any iOS updates, even the minor ones. Better safe than sorry, yeah?