How to Delete a Keyboard on an iPad

by Tom Rudderham

The iPad's on-screen keyboard is a powerful tool for publishing and text entry. It includes a multitude of advanced features, including the capability to reconfigure itself depending on your needs. With just the tap of a button, it’s possible to change the characters from English to Chinese, swap to a numbered keyboard and even display myriad emoticons for sending humorous messages to friends. However, too many configurations can become confusing when swapping between the various settings. When this happens, you can delete the keyboard setups from the Settings app.

Step 1

Open the Settings app, select “General” and then tap “Keyboard.” From here you will see a wide range of keyboard settings and configurations.

Step 2

Tap the "Keyboards" option in the Keyboard pane. This panel will display every keyboard setting configured for use on your device.

Step 3

Tap the “Edit” button in the top corner of the screen. You will notice that red circles appear alongside each keyboard configuration.

Tap the red circle corresponding to the keyboard configuration you want to remove and then tap on the “Delete” button that appears. The keyboard will now be removed from your iPad.


  • If you have multiple keyboards set up on your iPad, you can quickly jump between them by tapping and holding the globe key next to the space bar. You’ll see a small pop-up field appear with shortcuts to each virtual keyboard.


  • The information in this tutorial is relevant to iOS 6. It may vary for older versions or products.

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