Floating iPad keyboard side of screen

In previous versions of iOS on iPad, you had the ability to split your keyboard. This feature splits the keyword into two pieces on the left and right, and is handy if you are a thumb-typist like on your iPhone.

Now in iPadOS, you can do even more with your keyboard.

You can float the keyboard and move it wherever you like. With a simple gesture, moving your iPad keyboard to the side of the screen, or even the corner is easy, here’s how.

Move your iPad keyboard to the side of the screen

Open an app where you plan to use your keyboard. For our example, we’re using the Notes app. You should have your keyboard in full view at the bottom. Follow these steps to make it float so you can move it.

Float the iPad keyboard with a gesture

1) Take your index finger and thumb and pinch inward, toward the center of the keyboard.

Pinch inward iPad keyboard

2) When the keyboard shrinks to a small square, hold the bottom, where the line is, and slide the keyboard to its new location on your screen.

Shrunk floating iPad keyboard

Float the iPad keyboard with a button

1) Tap and hold the keyboard button on the bottom right.

2) Select Floating.

Floating button iPad keyboard

3) Just like when using the gesture above, drag the keyboard where you want it by holding the small line at the bottom.

Floating iPad keyboard side of screen

Return your keyboard to full view

No matter where your keyboard is on the screen when it’s floating, simply use your index finger and thumb to spread outward from the center of the keyboard.

Spread outward iPad keyboard

The keyboard will then return to full view docked at the bottom of your screen.

What else is new in iPadOS?

For more new stuff iPad users can enjoy, here are a few other iPadOS features to check out.

Wrapping it up

The nifty floating keyboard that is more compact and can be used anywhere on your iPad screen is another cool new feature for iPadOS users.

Do you think this keyboard feature will be helpful to you? If so or if not, let us know your thoughts on it in the comments below!