How to Use the Apple Wireless Keyboard with Your iPad

Do you already own the Apple Wireless Keyboard? Why not use it with your iPad? The Apple Wireless Keyboard uses Bluetooth technology to connect to Macs, the new iPad also uses Bluetooth and recognizes the Wireless Keyboard. So when you’re away from home, all you have to do is take your iPad and the Wireless Keyboard and you’ll be ready for the road.

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Note: When you are done using the keyboard and wish to use the on-screen keyboard on the iPad, make sure to disable the Bluetooth connection on the iPad or turn off the keyboard, otherwise you will be wondering where the on-screen keyboard went…trust me, this has happened several times already.

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Use Bluetooth Keyboard with iPad

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1. Turn on Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Now head over to the iPad…

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2. Tap on Settings in the Home Screen.

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3. Tap on General if you are not already there.

4. Tap on Bluetooth.

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5. Turn on the Bluetooth radio by tapping the Bluetooth toggle switch to the ON position.

Use Bluetooth Keyboard with iPad

The Apple Wireless Keyboard should appear on listed under Devices…wait a second while it connects. Once it displays Connected you can use the keyboard.

Note: While the Wireless Keyboard is connected to the iPad you will not be able to use the on-screen keyboard.

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Gilbert is a Microsoft MVP, a full-time blogger, and technology aficionado. When Gilbert is away from his bike and his iPad, he's busy writing technology how-to's from his home-office in Miami, Florida on the latest programs and gadgets he can get his hands on. He's locally known as "the computer guy" and has spent the last 12 years helping family, friends, and visitors with their computer questions and problems. He was awarded the 2009 MVP award from Microsoft for his contributions in forums and blogs and is enjoying the new addition to his family.
  • The eject key makes the on–screen keyboard appear or disappear while the wireless keyboard is connected.

  • JMichael

    You forgot to provide one very important tip: How to Turn OFF the Bluetooth KB so that the iPad virtual KB will show.

    The answer is: Press and Hold the Power-on button on the KB until the status light goes OFF.

  • Tim

    Thanks Gil, to the point with visuals. Great Job! Now I need to know if I can use a wireless mouse? Love this iPad! It started 2 months ago with an iPhone, then the iPad and now a new IMac. Woof, but all worth it.

    I live in Pittsburgh Pa and just moved here from a 23 year life in Fort Lauderdale, miss that warm weather!

    Thanks again,