Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you don’t have to manually switch to the keyboard view where the numerals can be accessed).
Numbers, URLs, email addresses and telephone numbers are obvious candidates. But what about passwords?
I don’t use smartphones regularly, but the few times I had to enter a password almost made me choose less complex¹ passwords just because it would be way easier to enter them. Typing a password like
8g*4bRv&3n_0)Ad2S!E is no fun when having to switch back and forth between the keyboard views. (Using a password like correct horse battery staple is a workaround, but of course no general solution.)
When entering a password, would it make sense to show a special password keyboard view by default? This view could include A-Z and 0-9 as well as the most common special characters. The secondary keyboard view could include rarer characters, and maybe even some kind of character search (so users are not excluded from logging in when they used characters not available on the default keyboards).
- Entering complex passwords is easier.
- Users might not tend to create less complex passwords out of convenience.
- Requires more viewport space while entering a password.
The only reason I can think of why users would need to see the page/app when entering a password is when they create a new password and there are some password complexity requirements (like "at least 1 numeral, 8 characters long, …"). Is there anything else to consider?