To recap: Open app in portrait > tap UITextView = keyboard looks normal. Dismiss keyboard > rotate phone to landscape > rotate back to portrait > tap UITextView = keyboard is displayed as a narrow sliver.
On an iPad or iPhone running iOS 12 or above, hold two fingers down on the keyboard, and the characters will disappear. Keep holding them down, and you can drag the cursor around and highlight blocks of text. To get back to the regular keyboard, simply remove your fingers from the screen.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I dismiss my keyboard on my iPhone?
To hide it, slide your finger down from above the text-entry box and the keyboard will start to disappear.
How do I stop my iPhone keyboard from rotating?
Tap the Orientation Lock button—it's a lock icon with a circular arrow surrounding it—so it turns white. Slide the Control Center pane down again to hide it, and your screen's contents should no longer rotate as you turn your device on its side.
How do I get my iPhone keyboard back to the bottom of the screen?
Call up the keyboard so that it is visible. At the very bottom right of the keyboard is an icon that looks like the keyboard with a down arrow. Touch and hold the icon and a small popup will appear giving you the choice to undock(move it up to the middle of the screen) or split it.
Why is my keyboard sideways on my iPhone?
Answer: A: Look at the top of your home screen to the right of the time. If you see an icon with a lock with a circle around it your orientation is locked. To unlock it double click your home button, slide your finger to the right (screen goes left) and tap the orientation lock button.
How can I dismiss the onscreen keyboard in iOS?
This is not possible at all right now. Like you said, you can back out and go in again to dismiss keyboard. Other option is to tap the 'edit' button on top right. That will dismiss keyboard but it will go in edit mode. When you cancel out of edit mode keyboard will come back.
Why is the landscape keyboard not working in iOS 11?
For some reason, Apple changed the keyboard layout in iOS 11. So now the arrow keys, undo, hide keyboard, and even the comma buttons that many of us enjoyed and used daily are gone. Apple completely removed these options from the landscape keyboard starting in iOS 11. Compare this new keyboard layout to one from iOS 10–you see the difference!
Why are there no keyboard shortcuts in iOS 11?
If you updated to iOS 11 or above and lost your keyboard shortcuts on the left and right, and this is sadly the new norm for your iPhone’s Keyboard–NO SHORTCUTS!. For some reason, Apple changed the keyboard layout in iOS 11.