When I enter the text message / SMS "app" and tap on the input field a keyboard pops up. When I'm done writing and have sent the message I would like to dismiss the keyboard again. I haven't found out how to so this.

The best work around I have found is to leave and enter the conversation. But surely there must be a better way. How can you do this or is it even possible at all? I have tried almost everything.

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This is not possible at all right now. Like you said, you can back out and go in again to dismiss keyboard. Other option is to tap the 'edit' button on top right. That will dismiss keyboard but it will go in edit mode. When you cancel out of edit mode keyboard will come back.

Apple should do something to easily bring up and dismiss keyboard...

Update: With iOS 5, you can swipe messages down all the way pushing the keyboard downwards. Initially I thought, "why not just swipe down the keyboard itself to dismiss?" But now it makes sense because you start scrolling down to see previous messages and keyboard naturally goes away when you do that.

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    Apple should do something to easily bring up and dismiss keyboard... Yup. It's downright annoying when you need to read a long text message.
    – George Marian
    Aug 8, 2010 at 6:38
  • Yeah. Whatsapp does it fine for example.
    – gsharp
    Dec 6, 2010 at 15:29
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    in iOS5 you able to hide this with swipe messages down
    – Eir Nym
    Oct 23, 2011 at 16:03
  • Even in IOS5 it is not possible to hide the keyboard swiping if the message you are typing grows big enough to hide the conversation list. Jul 10, 2012 at 21:04
  • Apple really sucks
    – noun lace
    Jul 26, 2021 at 5:29

If you turn your phone sideways, the keyboard is slightly different and has a few different command keys on the sides. The one next to "return" will hide the keyboard. Then simply turn your phone back up and the keyboard stays hidden until you click for it to come back. I found scrolling up in the message will hide the keyboard. But this only works in the SMS screen, it does not work in apps like Google Docs, whereas turning it sideways does.enter image description here

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    Requires iPhone 6/6s Plus
    – grg
    Dec 2, 2015 at 19:24

Found new trick in ios 13 to hide the keyboard.

  1. From the page where you want to hide the keyboard, open notification area by sliding the screen from top.
  2. Swipe right to go to Search panel from notification area.
  3. Click on search input box.
  4. Now just swipe up the screen from down to close search panel.
  5. now keyboard will be disappear from the application.
  • Brilliant! But it's quite ridiculous to still have to go through all this on an iPhone 11, just because some 3rd-party app has it's own ideas about how keyboard focus works. Sheesh...
    – aoven
    Feb 1, 2020 at 18:15
  • This worked for me also on iOS 12 in a completely different app, so would seem to be more of a universal solution for the keyboard on screen getting in the way.
    – MiB
    Feb 4, 2021 at 13:45
  • Doesn't seem to work on iOS 15, no matter whether I return by swiping left or using the home button. Still don't understand how Apple lets issues live in its OS which should have been fixed by 2010.
    – spacer GIF
    Jul 8, 2022 at 22:39

Double-tapping the message area with one finger minimizes the keyboard.

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    A google search 6 years later brings up this thread. This is the real resolution.
    – Nazadus
    Mar 31, 2019 at 17:31
  • This is app dependent and not a universal solution. @Harish A Shanbhogue's solution seems to work no matter which app that locks the keyboard on screen. Options are good of course.
    – MiB
    Feb 4, 2021 at 13:47

'backspace' then all sms's then back to conversation and the keyboard appears minimized.


If you have an apple bluetooth keyboard you can hit the eject button on it to close/open it, other than that I don't think you can.


I just play around with it trying to hide it and I found out how to hide the keyboard. Pull down the conversation in a fast motion. Like swiping down the page to earlier messages quickly. The keyboard will go away. I hope it helps! :)

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    This works now in iOS 5, the original question was related to iOS 4.
    – nohillside
    Oct 23, 2011 at 13:55

You can touch a spot right between the message text field and where the messages display and drag (not swipe) down to hide it. It's a little tricky to get the right spot, you'll have to find it through trial and error. Good luck!


This gets on my nerves too but if you tap edit in the top right, the keyboard minimises until you press cancel . Although it doesn't let you load earlier conversations, it's useful if you want to read over a long text that you're replying to or something.


all you have to do is toggle the keyboard downward to dismiss it and it will go away just gently motion the keyboard down with your index finger and it will go away


When you want to dismiss the keybord you type "Return".

  • this sends the message, which the user does NOT want to do Jan 9, 2022 at 18:00

Press and hold the keyboard icon and press “dock” to move the keyboard out of your way so that you can see what you are typing.


Solution: Use the named touchesBegan like below

override func touchesBegan(_ touches: Set<UITouch>, with event: UIEvent?) {

In ios 16.2, with phone in vertical position, in the text input box, touching and dragging down with one's finger hides the keyboard.


Rather than swiping downward, take your index finger and drag downward on the left side of the message area.


Tap the area where the messages are with 2 fingers, this minimises the keyboard.

  • This doesn't work.
    – Mattie
    Jul 15, 2013 at 0:21

My friend simply had to reset my settings...and the keyboard panel went away

  • This question is from 6.5 years ago and already has an accepted answer. Are you sure you're answering the correct question?
    – fsb
    Mar 21, 2017 at 20:25
  • Welcome to Ask Different and thank you for your answer. :) Assuming you did mean to answer this question, short answers such as this don't really provide enough detail or context to help many users. For example, your answer doesn't explain what settings were reset, nor how they were reset. So, as it stands, it's not very useful. Could you edit your answer (there's an edit link below it) to provide the additional detail? If you're unsure of the details, then it may be best to just delete the answer.
    – Monomeeth
    Mar 21, 2017 at 23:47

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