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I am looking for some info surrounding the iPad keyboard. WITHOUT jailbreaking the device, I was curious if someone has been been able to manipulate the look of the keyboard. The functionality should remain the same, but the actual look should change. I was curious if anyone could change the color or shape of the keys.

  • The whole point of jail breaking is to get access to the root file system, in order to make manipulations like the ones you ask about... It's like "How can I walk into my house without unlocking the doors/windows?" – Alexander - Reinstate Monica Aug 21 '13 at 18:13
  • There is no way to alter the iOS keyboard without jailbreaking. Not even legitimate apps can touch the keyboard. The only option is to use the different keyboards available (black translucent or default) in iOS. Apple has restricted alteration of the keyboard to sustain a high level of usability. – user10355 Aug 21 '13 at 21:26
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Not without jailbreaking. With a jailbreak, there are several options for doing this though.

The one that comes to mind immediately is Winterboard, which isn't relegated just to keyboards, but theming the entire OS.

There is also Color Keyboard, which changes the look and feel of the iOS keyboard (although it is iPhone only).

  • Does the possibility exist to create an app that could then skin the keyboard, or does Apple make that totally off limits? Similar to the app "Pimp Your Screen" which allows you to download content from the appstore and skin your app icons and wallpaper layout. – Max Castro Aug 21 '13 at 16:48
  • Per the UI guidelines, you must use one of several specific keyboards: Default, ASCII Capable, URL, Number Pad, Phone Pad, Name Phone Pad, E-mail Address, Decimal Pad, and the Twitter-specific keyboard. Each of them has their own layout, and color scheme, which must remain consistent. There are other keyboard replacement apps, but they do not interact with other apps to specifically override the Apple keyboards. – Dave Aug 21 '13 at 17:28
  • Can you enhance your answer and indicate which specific options there are in jailbreak land? Adding links and short description will make the answer much more valuable. – nohillside Aug 21 '13 at 17:35
  • @patrix, sure, I can... but since the OP didn't want to jailbreak, I figured it would be off-topic. :-) – Dave Aug 21 '13 at 17:49
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    @Dave The point of Stack Exchange is not to just help a single person; our long-term goal is to build a resource of good answers that help many people. – Doorknob Aug 21 '13 at 17:57

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