[Working] Set Gboard as default keyboard on iPad, use one-handed mode


As with the iPhone, iPads come standard with the iOS keyboard. People who prefer Google’s keyboard layout and features may want to switch to the Gboard app for typing on their iPad. That’s why we’re here with a three-step guide to setting Gboard as the default keyboard app on your iPad. Besides, we also mentioned the steps to use swipe typing and one-handed mode on Gboard.

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Set Gboard Keyboard as Default Keyboard on iPad

Many users prefer Gboard over the iOS keyboard. While the latter is more stable, the Gboard offers more features, such as an integrated Google search bar, the ability to search for emojis, stickers, GIFs online, built-in Google Translate, and change themes.

Plus, Gboard lets you type swipes even at full size, which is impossible on the iOS keyboard unless you switch to floating mode. Read the guide below to set up and use Gboard as your default keyboard on iPad and to type with one hand.

Step 1- Install Gboard on your iPad
  • Open the App Store and search for Gboard. Or go directly to Gboard in the App Store.
  • Click Download and install the Gboard app on your iPad.
  • After installation, follow the steps below.
  • Step 2- Set up the Gboard
  • When you tap Get started in Gboard, it takes you to the keyboard settings. Or you can manually go to Settings > Gboard on your iPad.
  • Click here on Keyboards.
  • Turn on the switch for Gboard.
  • Then enable Allow Full Access and tap Allow to confirm.
  • Step 3- Switch to Gboard as default iPad keyboard
  • Tap a text field to switch the keyboard.
  • Once the default iOS keyboard is open, tap and hold the globe icon.
  • Then select Gboard to switch to the Google keyboard.
  • From now on, your iPad will always open the Gboard when you want to type something. However, you can switch back and forth between Gboard and Apple keyboard if you want by tapping the globe icon.

    Swipe typing on Gboard on iPad

    Swiping is enabled by default in Google Keyboard. To use it, drag your finger over the letters of the word you want to type. To disable swipe typing, open the Gboard app, click Keyboard Settings, and turn off the toggle for Glide Typing.

    Enable one-handed mode in Gboard on iPad

    To type with one hand using Gboard on iPad, tap the globe icon to switch to the Apple keyboard. Then pinch with two fingers to switch to the floating keyboard OR long press the keyboard icon in the top right corner and select Floating keyboard.

    Once the floating keyboard is open, tap the globe icon again to switch to Gboard. You can now use Gboard by swiping with one hand on your iPad.

    Related | Use one-handed keyboard on an iPhone with iOS 14 and later

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    This was a detailed guide to setting Gboard as your default keyboard on iPad. Hope you can now use swipe typing and one-handed mode in the Google keyboard on the tablet. If you have any related doubts or questions, let me know in the comments below. Stay tuned for more.

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