daspianist daspianist - 1 year ago 63
iOS Question

How to detect whether custom keyboard is activated from the keyboard's container app?

I was wondering if there is a method that would allow me to detect from the keyboard container app whether the associated keyboard has been activated in the the device's Settings app.

For example, I am interested in adding a simple "steps" feature inside the container app where step 1 would be "activate the keyboard", and step 2 would be contingent on step 1's completion. As such, I am interested in figuring out whether there is a way to detect whether the keyboard extension is activated?


Answer Source

Here is a method I have used in one of my projects. I think it is what you asked for, hope it helps you.

- (BOOL)isCustomKeyboardEnabled {
    NSString *bundleID = @"com.company.app.customkeyboard"; // Replace this string with your custom keyboard's bundle ID
    NSArray *keyboards = [[[NSUserDefaults standardUserDefaults] dictionaryRepresentation] objectForKey:@"AppleKeyboards"]; // Array of all active keyboards
    for (NSString *keyboard in keyboards) {
        if ([keyboard isEqualToString:bundleID])
            return YES;

    return NO;
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