How to Change Back to the Keyboard on the Samsung Note 10.1

I just recently bought a new Samsung Note 10.1 tablet, and it is a tablet with a stylus. It has a text input mode where you can write the text by hand and it changes it into typed text. Think back to the old Windows CE devices, but handwriting recognition that actually works surprisingly well.

Anyways, the reason of this post is that, embarrasingly enough, once I switched to the handwriting recognition mode, I couldn’t find any way to switch back to the regular keyboard. It was hard to find a solution when I Googled for it, so I figured I would put it here to help out anyone else having issues.

So, long story short, to close the handwriting recognition keyboard and switch back to the regular typing keyboard on the Samsung Note 10.1, follow these steps (or just look at the picture below):

  1. Click and hold on the gear icon (the three little dots actually suggest that you can click and hold for more options)
  2. Click on the icon of the keyboard that pops up

Handwriting recognition to keyboard note 10.1




31 Comments How to Change Back to the Keyboard on the Samsung Note 10.1

  1. TonyW April 3, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you this was driving me crazy.

  2. moon May 14, 2014 at 7:04 am


  3. Tara July 14, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank goodness for this post. I consider myself very good with technology and figuring out how to use devices, but this was not an intuitive solution.

  4. Cookie August 3, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This was sooooo helpful. Thanks

  5. hazirah November 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you so much..really helpful after my son ‘intruder’ it.

  6. crittercall January 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. How can they make something this simple so hard?

  7. Anonymous February 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Oh My Gosh – Thank you so much!

  8. Anonymous February 25, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Awesome. ? This is really obscure

  9. mehrabanfar May 5, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Very thanks

  10. joey schaefer May 7, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    THANKS. You’re a lifesaver. Was going nuts trying to switch this.

  11. charolette May 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thank you so much, I was gong crazy trying to figure it out.

  12. Anonymous June 1, 2015 at 1:42 am

    thank you!

  13. Me July 7, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    thank you!! So much for user friendly design!

  14. Srinivasa August 10, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Its really a great help for me. I also had same problem before i get this useful information. Now my pad’s keaboard is back.
    Thanks a lot.

  15. diane January 6, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    thank you soo much. I did the same thing and could not figure out for the life of me how to fix it. very helpful

  16. Allen January 10, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks so much.

  17. Anonymous February 24, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for posting this. Where the gear is for you I actually had a mic. It didnt occur to me to hold on it untill I saw your post. Problem solved!

  18. Mrs. Hernandez December 10, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Thank you very much…. I was losing my mind… lol…

  19. Anonymous December 20, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks so much..was doing my head in…😂😩

  20. Sasha Kovacs January 4, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    my god! thank you I was really stuck!

  21. Najat February 22, 2017 at 1:26 am

    >sob< You saved my rapidly disappearing sanity (these things always seem to happen late at night when one's patience is already asleep).
    And as you stated, there isn't much else out there (or in Samsung'sTorture the Owner Game aka Settings either) in the way of practical solutions.
    You totally rule.

  22. Anonymous March 25, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you so much! This was driving me insane!! My son got a hold of the tablet and switched the keyboard to the pen and I just couldnt figure this out. I feel like an idiot though as soon as I seen your explanation. Thank you.

  23. C.McGowan April 5, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Thx. I had alreay asked my brother( owns and runs a server farm), my nephew,( a software engineer), all of my other tech savvy relatives( son, two others) and none had an answer. ( all done long distance)

    I thought I was going to lose my mind. Thk you so much!

  24. Anonymous May 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

    This just saved me so much headache

  25. Anonymous June 13, 2017 at 7:07 am

    so cool thanks

  26. Anonymous July 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Thank you! Lol. This was helpful!!!!!!!! May God bless you for sharing this bit of information!!!!!!

  27. Anonymous September 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    soooo usefull help

  28. Anonymous September 17, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    my keyboard looks like that but it doesnt have that icon

  29. Adam Siembida September 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t have that tablet anymore, so I’m not sure if the keyboard has changed since then. Are you using the Samsung Note 10.1 or a different Samsung device?

  30. Anonymous January 10, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Thank you!!!!!!!!

  31. Mike March 10, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    You are a blessing!!!!!

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