How to Delete a Third Party Keyboard in iOS

Nov 27, 2014 - 5 Comments

Delete a keyboard in iOS

Many of us explored the array of new keyboard options available now that iOS supports third party keyboards, but if you’re anything like me you probably settled on one that worked for your typing needs (if not the iOS default and QuickType) and now your iPhone or iPad has multiple unused keyboards laying about. While there isn’t much harm to letting the unused keyboards sit idle on your iOS device, you may want to clean house and remove the unwanted options that were downloaded and installed onto your phone.

Removing a Third Party Keyboard from iOS

Deleting a keyboard is actually fairly similar to installing a new one. Doing this will obviously remove the ability to access the given keyboard until it has been downloaded and installed again.

  1. Open Settings and go to “General”
  2. Select “Keyboards” and then tap on the “Edit” button in the corner
  3. Tap on the (-) red minus button, or swipe left on the keyboard you wish to delete
  4. Exit out of Settings when finished

Delete a keyboard from iPhone Settings

The next time you’re in a place to enter text, the removed keyboard(s) will no longer be available.

Keep in mind that by deleting a keyboard like Swype, you also remove what it has learned about your typing habits and preferences, and thus it would have to relearn if you were to download the keyboard again. You can also delete a keyboards preference by removing the associated keyboard app that installs onto your iOS home screen.

You can also remove the Emoji keyboard through this menu if you added it, though with how popular and fun emoji is, you probably won’t want to do that.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Susan says:

    It worked…thank you for making the instructions so easy to follow!

  2. Cheryl M says:

    Press and hold the icon and hit delete app. That’s it.

  3. Nichole says:

    I want to remove GIF from keyboard. When I follow the directions to do that, I don’t see that option on my IPhone XR.

  4. Karen Macdonald says:

    Can anyone advise how to remove Rainbow Keyboard, I have deleted the app and also removed it from my keyboards in settings but was hacked by email through my paypal account with this app and my phone still is displaying all that it did when I had the app installed

  5. Wharf Xanadu says:

    Don’t install keyboard you don’t trust. They can read what you type. So delete the ones you don’t trust or use.

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