iPad Smart Keyboard Arrow Keys Don’t Work

Steps to reproduce

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Use the app on iPad.

Expected result

What do you expect to see after carrying out the steps above?
Hitting up and down arrows would cause the cursor to move up and down.

Actual result

Instead of the expected result, what happened?
The cursor moves horizontally.


Which operating system are you using? Which browser are you using? If you’re using a desktop or mobile app, what’s the version number of Dynalist?
iOS 11 on iPad Pro

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Additional comments


Up/Down is intercepted by iOS and Dynalist never receives the Up/Down keypress, basically…

We’ve managed to work around the Tab/Shift-Tab issue, will try to work around this next.

I am using Logitech keyboard with my iPad and the down and up arrow keys don’t work. Is that bug? If not, what is the workaround.

Hi Venki,

As I mentioned above, Up/Down is intercepted by iOS and basically Dynalist doesn’t even know you pressed Up/Down. iOS decides what to do.

There’s no workaround for now, unfortunately. Will come up with something soon!

Hi Erica,

I know this is a frustrating issue and limitation with the iOS keyboard, however it really limits the flow whe working on an ipad. Any way of assigning custom keys to this that would work with iOS? (Something even as a user I could define).

Also since your app is native (though I assume the browser is embedded into the iOS app), it would seem that the shell app should be able to receive the arrow key triggers from the hardware.

Sorry to be a pest about this, but the beauty of an outline is quick navigation of the outline and when you have to lift your finger for a simple task like going to the proceeding line or next line, it gets frustrating.

Thank you,

We’re looking to fix that and it’s one of our top priorities right now.

It’s a doable solution but we don’t want a separate keyboard shortcut to move between items on iOS, since in that case you’d need to remember to use Up/Down on desktop/web and something else on iOS… not good. We’d rather just work around iOS and try to make Up/Down do the right things.

Thanks for the suggestion though!


I’m just trying out Dynalist, but iPad keyboard support is going to be a blocker for me :cry: I just want to point out that Outlinely did find a way to support arrow keys (but unfortunately lack some of Dynalist excellent features…).

Hi Arunaud,

Thanks for the input! Making this work in one of our top priorities, so good news for you! Just look out for our new app updates and it should arrive really soon :slight_smile:

Thank you Erica! Do you have any good news or expected release date? :hugs:

No release date, sorry about that. But it’s one of the top things we want to fix! :slight_smile:

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This is great to hear. Keyboard support for iPad would really simplify life!

Hi Erica,
Still no news ? it’s been month now…

Sorry, @Clement_B! This is still on our todo list, and it’s pretty non-trivial to fix.

We’ll be sure to update here once we make progress on this one!

Hi Erica,
Thank you for the effort. Any good news yet?
If it takes more time, could you plz insert the keymap menu for dynalist iOS version?
That way, we can at least assign the up and down function to another key combination.
Thank you.

Not yet, but very soon! I’ll be sure to update here once there’s news on this :slight_smile:

Hi Erica. Just to point out that today Things 3 has just received a massive iPad Pro update. They seems able to resolve the problem with the arrow keys. Just pointing that out in case this is helpful. You may want to take a look at the app, they have done wonders with the iPad Pro keyboard navigation. If Dynalist iOS app can go to that direction that would be awesome!

Thanks for all your hard work :grinning:

Things is a native app, so the situations are a bit easier for them. For now, at our scale, we can’t afford to build a 100% native app, sorry I hope that’s understandable!

Still, we’ll try our best to solve this issue! :muscle:

@Erica thanks to your team for fixing this issue. I now can use up/down arrow with my external keyboard and suddenly Dynalist feels like a real app on my pad. This was a big fix for me. Thank you!!!

Great! :star:

There are still a few hiccups that we’ll fix soon, like the landing position after pressing Up/Down is still not quite accurate. But we wanted to release it as soon as we can so people can start benefiting from the fix :blush:

@Britt_Selvitelle: This should be fixed in the latest versions (v1.2.6), could you please confirm when you have time? Thanks in advance!