hawkeyecoder hawkeyecoder - 4 months ago 82
jQuery Question

WkWebView can't open keyboard for input field

I'm trying to make a WkWebView open a keyboard for tel text input programatically after the WkWebView sends the contained webpage a javascript function call.

After this call activates a certain input (id: activeElementToShowKeyboard), I would like the keyboard to display for the previous tel input (id: numberInput) for efficiency reasons.

The element never gains focus and opens the keyboard.

I understand why a keyboard wouldn't automatically open when an element requests focus, but I would guess there has to be a way to do this.

I've tried (with no luck):

Here's a sample that will run locally. In chrome's developer console you can type in FunctionCalledByWkWebView("text"); and it will work, but on iOS the keyboard will never open in the line under the commented out alert.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">

<meta charset="utf-8" />
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0, maximum-scale=1, user-scalable=0">
<meta name="format-detection" content="telephone=no" />
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.11.3.js"></script>

<input type="text" class="active target" />
<input type="text" class="target" />
<input type="tel" id="numberInput" />
<input type="text" class="target" id="activeElementToShowKeyboard" />
<style type="text/css">
.active {
background-color: red;
<script type="text/javascript">
$(".target").focusin(function() {

function FunctionCalledByWkWebView(someText) {
var $selected = $(".active").removeClass("active");
var divs = $(".target");

var newActiveElement = divs.eq((divs.index($selected) + 1) % divs.length).addClass("active");

if ($(newActiveElement).is("#activeElementToShowKeyboard")) {
//alert("Should bring up keyboard!");


I'm targeting all iOS devices, mainly iPod touches (5th / 6th Gen) or iPhone 6. I'm testing on iOS 8.4

Anyone have any ideas?


WKWebView will only show the keyboard if the focus is initiated by a user. This is filed as a bug here.

It is possible to solve with swizzling. Will probably be rejected by Apple though.

This mitigates the issue:

static void (*originalIMP)(id self, SEL _cmd, void* arg0, BOOL arg1, BOOL arg2, id arg3) = NULL;

void interceptIMP (id self, SEL _cmd, void* arg0, BOOL arg1, BOOL arg2, id arg3) {
    originalIMP(self, _cmd, arg0, TRUE, arg2, arg3);

Class cls = NSClassFromString(@"WKContentView");
        SEL originalSelector = NSSelectorFromString(@"_startAssistingNode:userIsInteracting:blurPreviousNode:userObject:");

Method originalMethod = class_getInstanceMethod(cls, originalSelector);

IMP impOvverride = (IMP) interceptIMP;

originalIMP = (void *)method_getImplementation(originalMethod);

method_setImplementation(originalMethod, impOvverride);