How to Fix Keyboard Lag in iOS 7 on the iPhone 4s

iOS 7 officially released yesterday to much fanfare, and users with an iPhone 4 or newer are able to get in on the fun. I shared my first impressions of iOS 7 running on the iPhone 4s, and the performance was splendid overall. However, many of you have been experiencing a ton of keyboard lag when typing messages and emails — something that I never came across during my experience.

However, there’s an easy way to fix it, but it’s simply more of a temporary fix rather than a permanent one, since we’re hoping that Apple will hear about the bug and issue a small update to fix it sometime in the near future. The keyboard lag problem lies within iCloud, which is an odd place to have a keyboard lag issue, but many iPhone 4s users have sworn by this fix.

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Fixing iOS 7 Keyboard Lag

If you’re experiencing lag and delays when typing out messages, try this: Open up the Settings app and navigate to iCloud > Documents & Data. That will open up another window where you’ll see a toggle switch. Turn it off if it already isn’t (i.e., the circle in the toggle switch should be on the left side).

2013-09-19 09.11.33After disabling Documents & Data, the keyboard should work just fine, but be sure to open up iMessage or another typing app and try it out just to make sure. Afterward, you can turn back on Documents & Data sync if you need to, but if you open iCloud > Storage & Backup, the keyboard problem is said to appear again (according to some of our readers), so you’ll have to turn off Documents & Data sync again if you do that.

From what we’ve been hearing from readers, this has fixed the problem for everyone. However, if this doesn’t fix it for you, you can try a last-resort fix. You can open up the Settings app and navigate to General > Reset > Reset All Settings. This will only reset the settings and it won’t delete any data or media that you have stored on your device, but you’ll have to go back into the Settings app and change everything back to how you had them before. However, we’re told that this also worked to fix the keyboard lag issue.

You should be all set to go at this point. If you come across any other bugs in iOS 7 (and fixes for them, if you discover any), let us know about them and we’ll be sure to write about it on the site and help spread the word!