PadKeys Keyboard for iPad and iPhone

iPad typing without tears, and now on iPhone too! When it comes to on-screen keyboards, bigger IS different, and PadKeys is built to take advantage of the larger screen size on tablets and modern phones. Stay with the flow when it's time to type a number or symbol or you need to move around, because the needed keys are right there in the main layout. And we use the full width, not just the middle, to display word suggestions.

Ergonomics aren't sacrificed either. The main keys are big enough to type fast, and autocorrect is fine-tuned for catching common finger misses. You'll find using PadKeys is almost like having a full bluetooth keyboard -- without the weight and bulk!

• Numbers and punctuation in one layout, where your fingers remember.
• Cursor keys for easy, precise movement by letter or word.
• Dedicated keys for accented characters in your language.
• Option switch for typing other symbols and accented characters.
• Full autocorrect in all supported languages, showing more than three words.
• “Short” layout option for more screen visibility in landscape orientation.
• Swipe input (trace words with your finger), and flick up on number and punctuation keys for shifted versions.
• Privacy friendly (“full access” is NOT required for most functionality, including autocorrect).

Languages / layouts supported: English (US and British / UK / Aus, Dvorak), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French (France and Canada), German, Italian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Spanish, and Swedish.

What’s New

Version 4.6.1

• Fixed bug with emoji substitution

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
174 Ratings

174 Ratings

dtoyd ,

Really good but...

Thanks for listening and implementing or considering several of my suggestions!

I have a few suggestions...

Emojis as suggestions in auto correct would be wonderful! That's actually become essential to me, somehow.

Colon and " keys are too hard to find for how commonly they are used. Please allow these as a long -press from period or comma key?

Please, please swiping up to type the "main" alternative key (!@#$ etc.) is tricky to use, I'm finding. (I prefer long press to the swipe up method, maybe you could offer both as options?)

Thanks for "opt lock" to allow one-handed word-by-word navigation (and repeated anything else from opt menu)

SELECTING text with arrow keys would make my year, but I have a feeling iOS limits that.

And then, to be the best keyboard on earth and save yourselves a lot of picky user feedback:
Allow the user to place keys wherever we want! I'm talking about delete, return, comma, period, arrows, symbols, not letter keys of course. We all develop habits and I'm not interested in changing mine concerning where I expect keys to be. I would buy you dinner for that feature alone!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for suggestions, we've implemented opt-lock in 4.3. And just swipe up on symbol keys to get the shifted version – no need to long-press. Emoji autocorrect is under consideration. Please join the forum discussion on our support site on the topic of the colon key. We'd like to do something there but feel we need a bit more input first.

TheKemer ,

An ideal second iOS keyboard

No iOS keyboard deserves five stars, but fortunately it is easy to switch between them if you have only a few installed. I think this one is an ideal companion to the standard iOS keyboard, and I find I use each about 50/50. To squeeze more functionality in, the buttons are a bit smaller, making speed typing a little more awkward. But features like the left and right navigation buttons and quick access to special characters often make this keyboard better for editing.

A lot of thought is being put into this keyboard, and it continues to evolve and improve. I give onoy four stars only because there is no five-star keyboard, but I could see this evolving into one.

sueduck ,

Directional Cursors *****!

I love this keyboard - the directional cursors to move through text & this is the only keyboard I found for iphones that have them. l'd give it 5 stars if 3 things were added: 1. the up & down cursors 2. Regular Facial reaction emojis, or if you have them already give them their own section under apps 3. Provide more 'dead space' on the sides & bottom , OR increase the width of the side keys & the heighth of the 'space bar' so they are easier to make a clean hit. One last thing Is appreciate deer 6: when Auto correct makes an INcorrect change, I have difficulty changing it back because it keeps autocorrecting again. But over all, it's terrific!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your positive comments and feedback. Up/down we cannot do in the current iOS environment but some of the others are in progress. Just hit undo after unwanted autocorrection or tap blue X before it. Keyboard learns over time from these inputs.


Natural Designs Software, Inc.
12.3 MB

Requires iOS 10.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7‑inch), iPad Pro (9.7‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5‑inch), iPad Pro (10.5‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi‑Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11‑inch), iPad Pro (11‑inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (7th generation), iPad (7th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.


English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish

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