How to fix keyboard not working on Galaxy S10 | Samsung keyboard not showing

The Galaxy S10 comes with the default Samsung Keyboard app. Generally, this app is stable majority of the time and only from time to time do we problems with it. If you find your Galaxy S10 keyboard not working lately, this post is for you. Learn how to troubleshoot this problem by following our suggested solutions below.

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How to fix keyboard not working on Galaxy S10 | keyboard not showing

If your Samsung keyboard is not working or keeps disappearing for no apparent reason, it’s time that you try to troubleshoot where the problem lies. Follow the steps below on what to do.

Keyboard not working fix #1: Restart the app

If you find yourself having to deal with erratic keyboard, the first thing that you want to do is restart whatever app you’re having a problem with. This does not necessarily mean it’s a keyboard app issue. Sometimes, the cause of the problem is not in the keyboard app but in the app that uses it. For example, if keyboard app appears to not work properly when you’re using a messaging app only, then consider rebooting that app. By this we mean force closing the app. Here’s what you can do:

  1. On your screen, tap the Recent Apps soft key (the one with three vertical lines on the left of the Home button).
  2. Once the Recent Apps screen is shown, swipe left or right to look for the Settings app. It should be here if you managed to run it previously. Then, swipe up on the app to close it. This should force close it. If it’s not there, simply tap the Close All app to also restart all apps.

Another way to force close an app is this:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap Settings app.
  6. Tap Force Stop.

Keyboard not working fix #2: Perform soft reset

Should the problem return after rebooting the app itself, the next thing that you want to do is perform a soft reset. This should clear the system and possibly get rid of the bug as well. To do that, simply press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons for about 10 seconds. Once the phone has restarted, release the buttons. This is usually effective in clearing bugs that developed when a system is left running for some time. We suggest that you restart your S10 using this method at least once a week to lessen the chances of bugs.

For some Galaxy S10, there may be a slightly different way to arrive at the same method. Here’s how:

  1. Press and hold the Power + Volume Down buttons for approximately 10 seconds or until the device power cycles. Allow several seconds for the Maintenance Boot Mode screen to appear.
  2. From the Maintenance Boot Mode screen, select Normal Boot. You can use the volume buttons to cycle through the available options and the lower left button (below the volume buttons) to select. Wait for up to 90 seconds for the reset to complete.

Keyboard not working fix #3: Clear keyboard app cache

Clearing the cache of a problem app is another basic troubleshooting step that you can do in this situation. Learn how to do it below.

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap Samsung Keyboard (look for appropriate one if you’re not using this) app.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear cache button.
  8. Restart the phone and check for the problem.

Keyboard not working fix #4: Reset keyboard app

If keyboard app is still not working, you must follow the previous step through with clearing the app’s data. This will reset the app to its defaults. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap the More settings icon (three-dot icon, upper right).
  4. Tap Show system apps.
  5. Find and tap Samsung Keyboard (look for appropriate one if you’re not using this) app.
  6. Tap Storage.
  7. Tap Clear data button.
  8. Restart the phone and check for the problem.

Keyboard not working fix #5: Wipe cache partition

Android depends on a set of temporary files called system cache to load apps quickly. If this cache gets corrupted or outdated, a device may suddenly lag, freeze, or show signs of slow performance. At other times, uncommon glitches may occur as well as overall performance of the system may also be affected. To ensure that your S10 has good system cache, we suggest that you clear it once every few months. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up key and the Bixby key, then press and hold the Power key.
  3. When the green Android logo displays, release all keys (‘Installing system update’ will show for about 30 – 60 seconds before showing the Android system recovery menu options).
  4. Press the Volume down key several times to highlight ‘wipe cache partition’.
  5. Press Power button to select.
  6. Press the Volume down key until ‘yes’ is highlighted and press the Power button.
  7. When the wipe cache partition is complete, “Reboot system now” is highlighted.
  8. Press the Power key to restart the device.

Keyboard not working fix #6: Reset app preferences

Some bugs are the direct result of outdated or incorrect app settings. This can happen once an update has taken place, or when there’s system-wide changes. Apps have to work with other system or default apps in order to work properly in the system. Sometimes a default app may be disabled for some reason causing problems with other apps. To ensure that all default app settings are in place, try to do these steps:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps.
  3. Tap on More settings at the upper right (three-dot icon).
  4. Select Reset app preferences.
  5. Restart your S10 and check for the problem.

Keyboard not working fix #7: Install app and Android updates

Although not generally known by many Android users, installing updates sometimes also bring needed fixes for known bugs. Make sure that you don’t delay the installation of any system or app updates. By default, your S10 should notify you of any available updates but in case you turn this mechanism off, it’s high time that you manually check for them.

To check for Android or system update:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Software update.
  3. Tap Download and install.
  4. Wait for the device to check for updates.
  5. Install the update. If there’s no new update, your phone should tell you so.

For carrier-branded Galaxy S10 devices, or those that were provided by your carrier, there may not be an option to manually check for updates. All you have to do is to simply confirm if there’s a notification for an update and allow update installation.

To check for app updates:

  1. Open Play Store app.
  2. Tap More settings icon (at the upper left).
  3. Tap My apps & games.
  4. Tap Update all button.

Keyboard not working fix #8: Boot to Safe Mode

Checking for a bad third party app that may be cause of the problem is not a bad idea. If the keyboard app stops working after installing a new app, try to erase that app from the system and see how it goes. If you can’t remember any recent app you added, try to restart the phone to safe mode instead. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the Power off window appears then release.
  2. Touch and hold Power off until the Safe mode prompt appears then release.
  3. To confirm, tap Safe mode.
  4. The process may take up to 30 seconds to complete.
  5. Upon reboot, “Safe mode” appears in the lower-left of the home screen.

Remember that third-party applications are disabled in this mode so what you can use are pre-installed apps. If the keybaord app starts working again on safe mode, that means that the problem is due to a bad app. Uninstall the app you recently installed and see if that will fix it. If the problem remains, use the process of elimination to identify the rogue app. Here’s how:

  1. Boot to safe mode.
  2. Check for the problem.
  3. Once you’ve confirmed that a third party app is to blame, you can start uninstalling apps individually. We suggest that you begin with the most recent ones you added.
  4. After you uninstall an app, restart the phone to normal mode and check for the problem.
  5. If your S10 is still problematic, repeat steps 1-4.

Keyboard not working fix #9: Factory reset

Wiping the device with factory reset may sound drastic at this point but this is actually an important troubleshooting step to try. There’s no direct way to know what app or software glitch is causing the problem so the best thing that you can do is to simply restore the software to its more stable factory state.

Factory reset will erase personal data like photos, videos, documents, music, etc. Be sure to back them up if you don’t want to lose them forever. Follow the steps below to factory reset your S10. Below are the two ways to factory reset your S10:

Method 1: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy S10 via Settings Menu

This is the easiest way to wipe your Galaxy S10. all you have to do is to go under Settings menu and follow the steps below. We recommend this method if you have no trouble going under Settings.

  1. Create a backup of your personal data and remove your Google account.
  2. Open Settings app.
  3. Scroll to and tap General management.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Select Factory data reset from the given options.
  6. Read the information then tap Reset to continue.
  7. Tap Delete All to confirm action.

Method 2: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy S10 using hardware buttons

If your case is that the phone is not booting up, or it boots but Settings menu is inaccessible, this method can be helpful. First, you need to boot the device to Recovery Mode. Once you successfully access Recovery, that’s the time that you begin proper master reset procedure. It may take some tries for you before you can access Recovery so be patient and simply try again.

  1. If possible, create a backup of your personal data ahead of time. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  2. Also, you want to make sure that you remove your Google account. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  3. Turn off the device. This is important. If you can’t turn it off, you’ll never be able to boot to Recovery Mode. If you are not able to shut the device off regularly via the Power button, wait until the phone’s battery is drained. Then, charge the phone for 30 minutes before booting to Recovery Mode.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Bixby button at the same time.
  5. While still holding the Volume Up and Bixby keys, press and hold the Power button.
  6. The Recovery screen menu will now appear. When you see this, release the buttons.
  7. Use the Volume Down button until you are highlighting ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  8. Press the Power button to select ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  9. Use Volume Down to highlight Yes.
  10. Press the Power button to confirm factory reset.

Keyboard not working fix #10: Use another keyboard app

It is highly unlikely that factory reset won’t fix your keyboard app problem but in the event that it doesn’t, all you need to do is to switch to another keyboard app. There are a lot of good alternatives to the standard Samsung Keyboard on your S10. Just visit the Play Store and look for one. Google’s own Gboard app is also amazing so try that one first.

 


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