I'm interested in the drawbacks when applying auto focus with keyboard on text fields.

I'm redesigning an application where the user have to enter PIN etc. Normally the user have to enter maximum twice some type of content, depending on the functionality. I'm not sure if the automatic focus will enhance the user experience, or will only annoy the user because they can't decide what to do on their own?

On the other hand, the user is unable to continue or use the functionality at all if they don't enter any information. But, at the same time they are unable to explore the app, when they get the keyboard in their face all the time.

Any experiences?

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This is comes down to expectation management.

  • Expecting: If you choose to go to a section that is clearly a specific login page the auto-focus will feel conveniant, removing a redundant step.
  • Not Expecting: If you are unknowingly being redirected (for example: please login first before continuing) it will feel forced and possibly even unreliable / shady.

Depending on the front-end code it can also give styling issues: On Mobile OS's input font-sizes below 16px will break the initial view of the page by zooming in on the input.

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