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Cannot Capitalize Letters With Double Tap? Check Caps Lock Settings in iOS 8

Last updated: October 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

In the shift key article, we explained how you can identify whether the key is turned ON or OFF in your iOS 8 keyboard. The trick was simple: if the color of the backspace and shift key are opposite to each other, then the shift key is enabled on your iPhone and iPad.

Next, you learned that tapping the shift key activates capitalization. So if you want to capitalize just one letter, press the shift key once. Double tapping shift key enables caps lock forever (all the letters are capitalized).

For example, when you want to make your point count or yell at someone while messaging, double tap on the shift key and the letters you type will be in uppercase. This works on both default and third-party iOS keyboards.

Our reader said:

“But what I was looking for was how do you enable caps lock so you can type consecutive letters in uppercase with out having to press the shift key every time.”

He further explains that double tapping shift key doesn’t help in activating caps lock:

“If I remember correctly, in iOS7 you could double tap the shift key and a line would appear under the arrow to let you know that caps lock was on. However in iOS 8 if I try and double tap the shift key it only toggles between upper case and lower case.”

It is not a keyboard bug – you can still double tap to change letters from lowercase to uppercase. But first, you have to check the settings, and here’s how to do it:

Solution: Change Caps Lock Settings

Note that even older firmwares, like iOS 7, has this option wherein you can enable caps lock by navigating to the Keyboard settings. Follow these steps:

  • Tap on the Settings icon
  • Go to General
  • Scroll down and select Keyboard
  • Turn ON “Enable Caps Lock”

You will now get back the missing “double tap” feature in your iOS keyboard. To disable caps lock, press the shift key again.

Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • rew

    Turning it on doesn’t change anything – the double tap doesn’t work. do I need to do a hard reboot? or what is it – this is a brand new iphone 6 and I am new to the iphone world. I’ve read all the info and turning it on does not enable a double tap to change the key. It continues to toggle from lower to upper, back to lower.