iPhone Keyboard Lag After iOS 17 Update? Here’s the Fix!

Have you noticed keyboard lag on your iPhone since updating to iOS 17? 

You’re not alone.

Numerous users have reported lag issues with their iPhone keyboards on iOS 17.

In this article, I’ll provide a step-by-step guide to optimize and enhance the performance of your iPhone’s keyboard.s

Let’s get started!

TL;DR Version

When you encounter lags or stutters with your iOS keyboard, perform these troubleshooting steps first:

  1. Close Unnecessary Applications
  2. Restart Your iPhone
  3. Remove Third-Party Keyboards
  4. Disable Predictive Text
  5. Update Your iPhone

1. Close Unnecessary Background Applications

Your iPhone requires time to process an update after installation.

Having numerous background applications can hinder the iPhone’s ability to perform essential tasks like system checks and file indexing after every update.

To reduce the load on your iPhone, I suggest to close unneeded background applications:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your display to access the app switcher. 
  2. Identify and select apps that are not in use.
  3. Close each app by flicking or dragging it upwards.
iphone keyboard lag after ios 17 update

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2. Restart Your iPhone

Temporary errors may occur on your iPhone while using it. 

Restarting the device can help resolve these issues and clear the memory of unused data.

For iPhones with Face ID:

  1. Hold both the Volume Down and Side buttons until you see the ‘Slide to Power Off’ prompt.
  2. Slide the power icon to the right and wait for 30 seconds.
  3. Press the Side button again to turn your iPhone back on.
iphone keyboard lag after ios 17 update

For iPhones with Touch ID:

  1. Press and hold the Power button until the ‘Slide to Power Off’ appears.
  2. Drag the slider to the right, wait 30 seconds, then press the Power button to turn your device back on. 
iphone keyboard lag after ios 17 update

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3. Remove Other Installed Keyboards

Using multiple keyboards on your iPhone might cause conflicts, particularly if some aren’t fully optimized for iOS 17.

To troubleshoot, try removing third-party keyboards and use only the default iOS keyboard temporarily.

Steps to follow:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone. 
  2. Go to General > Keyboard
iphone keyboard lag after ios 17 update
  1. Tap on Keyboards
  2. Next, tap on Edit in the upper right corner. 
  3. Remove all keyboards except the default keyboard. 

If this resolves the issue, then it’s likely one of the keyboards was the reason for the issue. In which case, wait for updates from the third-party keyboard developers.

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4. Disable Predictive Text Setting

Although predictive text is not typically a source of slowdown on your iPhone, ongoing file indexing might result in other apps and features experiencing lag or freezing.

Disabling predictive text can be a useful step to test if it enhances your keyboard’s responsiveness.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone. 
  2. Go to General > Keyboard
  3. Find the Predictive Text option and disable it. 
Predictive Text

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5. Update Your iPhone to the Latest Version

Keyboard lag after updating to iOS 17 may indicate that Apple is fine-tuning the latest version. 

Regularly check for newer versions of iOS 17, which are likely to include performance improvements, bug fixes, and security enhancements.

Here’s how to check for and install an update:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone. 
  2. Head to General > Software Update
  3. If a new version of iOS is available, tap Download and Install
  4. Once downloaded, follow the on-screen instructions to update your software.
Update iPhone


  • Your iPhone might restart several times during the update process.
  • Ensure your iPhone is at least 50% charged before updating. For a smooth process, keep it connected to a charger.
  • Allow about 15 minutes for the update, particularly for major versions (like iOS 15 to iOS 16).

To avoid missing future updates, enable automatic updates on your iPhone: 

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Navigate to General > Software Update > Automatic Updates
  3. Turn on Download iOS Updates and Install iOS Updates
Automatic Update

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Why is iOS 17 making my phone lag?

It’s common to notice a temporary slowdown on your iPhone following an update. This happens as your device indexes files and data, a process that can temporarily impact performance. The duration of indexing varies from an hour to a day, depending on the types and quantity of files stored on your iPhone.

Is it OK to update to iOS 17?

iOS 17 introduces numerous new features to your iPhone, enhancing its capabilities. However, being in the early stages of release, it may contain bugs and glitches. If you rely heavily on your phone for daily tasks, it might be best to wait for a more stable release of iOS 17 before upgrading.

Which iPhone won’t support iOS 17?

iOS 17 is compatible with many older iPhone models, but it will not be available for the iPhone X and earlier models.

Why is my iPhone so slow after iOS 17?

Being in the early stages of release, iOS 17 may have certain features that are not fully optimized. Apple is expected to resolve these performance issues and bugs in subsequent updates.

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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