How to Stop Your Keyboard From Switching Back to Apple’s Default from Third-Party Keyboard

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Have you ever tried out a third-party keyboard for iOS, but hate how it always switches back to Apple’s default keyboard? The folks over at iMore have found a way to stop that.

Several great keyboards have been made available on the App Store and they only take a few short steps to get them set up. However, without making a few adjustments in the settings, iOS will switch back to the default Apple keyboard without any cause. This is especially true in Messages and Safari.

Fortunately, there is an easy solution to solve this problem. The solution does have one exception, which occurs in the case where you are entering a password. In this case, iOS will temporarily switch back to the default keyboard. Once you exit the password field, the third-party keyboard will be returned.

Here are the few simple steps you can take to prevent your keyboard from switching back to Apple’s:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to General > Keyboard > Keyboards.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap the Delete icon next to the English Keyboard (or whatever language you have set as default).
  5. Tap Delete.
  6. Tap Done.

Apple’s standard keyboard has now been removed from your list and you will never experience random switching between third-party and the default keyboard again.

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  • Natedog

    Best post I’ve ever seen on this website. thanks guys.

  • Karen Ramel

    Awesome. However sometimes the better keyboard hiccups and one needs to switch back to the ios keyboard – if I delete as suggested does that still leave me that option?

  • Hussein

    hey Gary, I know sometimes for security purposes, apple switches the keyboard to their default one(i.e. ; banking password on safari)

  • No. But for password fields the iOS keyboard defaults.

    So far been using Gboard exclusively for the past day and it’s been great. Haven’t had the need to use the default keyboard (yet).

  • Yep that’s right so it’ll come back then

  • Karen Ramel

    I use SwiftKey

  • SmokeJV

    The issue I’ve found with this is 3rd party keyboards don’t work with quick reply. So if you remove the default keyboard you won’t be able to use quick reply.

  • JoMore

    I did that a few months ago and in messages and safari it would try to bring up the apple keyboard (which was deleted) so it would just not bring up a keyboard. The cursor was blinking, ready for input, but no keyboard would come up. I’d force close the app and reopen it for it to work again. And it happened constantly so I had to bring back the stock keyboard. Maybe that glitch has been fixed?

  • SmokeJV

    Sorry clarification. It doesn’t work with quick reply from the lock screen.

  • Just tested this. iOS keyboard shows up. So no problems

  • SmokeJV

    Thanks Gary. I had that problem in the original iOS 8 days and just never went back to remove the stock keyboard for that reason. Now if only 3rd party keyboards had access to dictation… One can hope for the future.