How to Connect a Smart, Magic, or Bluetooth Keyboard to an iPad
How to Connect a Smart, Magic, or Bluetooth Keyboard to an iPad
Are you unsure how to connect your new keyboard to your iPad? There are a number of keyboards available for the iPad, including two keyboards and two keyboard folios from Apple. In this article we'll teach you how to connect a Smart Keyboard and Keyboard Folio, Magic Keyboard and Keyboard Folio, and a third-party Bluetooth keyboard to your iPad.
Connecting Smart, Magic, or Bluetooth Keyboards to iPad

Smart Keyboard

Ensure your iPad is the right model. The Smart Keyboard is only compatible with the following iPad models: iPad 7th, 8th, or 9th Generation iPad Air 3rd Generation iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 12.9-inch 1st or 2nd Generation

Connect your Smart Keyboard to your iPad via the Smart Connector. The Smart Connector has three small magnetic contacts, and both your iPad and the Smart Keyboard have them. The Smart Connector is on the top edge of your Smart Keyboard and on the side of your iPad.

Put your iPad into the type position. To do this, fold the back of the Smart Keyboard into a triangle and rest your iPad on it, ensuring the iPad is sitting in the groove above the number keys. The keyboard should be in front of your iPad.

Open an app where you can type and start typing. If you need to use the software keyboard instead of your Smart Keyboard, tap the icon of a keyboard in the lower-right corner of your screen, then tap the show keyboard button (which has an icon of a keyboard). To dismiss the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button (which has an icon of a keyboard with a downward facing arrow).

Smart Keyboard Folio

Ensure your iPad is the right model. The Smart Keyboard Folio is only compatible with the following iPad models: iPad Pro 11-inch 1st Generation or later iPad Pro 12.9-inch 3rd Generation or later iPad Air 4th or 5th Generation

Connect your Smart Keyboard Folio to your iPad via the Smart Connector. The Smart Connector has three small magnetic contacts, and both your iPad and the Smart Keyboard Folio have them. The Smart Connector is on the back of your iPad.

Put your iPad into the type position. To do this, rest your iPad in the groove above the number keys on your Smart Keyboard Folio (the magnetic cover on the back will be propping it up). The keyboard should be in front of your iPad.

Open an app where you can type and start typing. If you need to use the software keyboard instead of your Smart Keyboard Folio, tap the icon of a keyboard in the lower-right corner of your screen, then tap the show keyboard button (which has an icon of a keyboard). To dismiss the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button (which has an icon of a keyboard with a downward facing arrow).

Magic Keyboard

Ensure your iPad is the right model and is updated to the correct iPadOS. Certain models of the Magic Keyboard only work with certain models of iPad. You'll need to be updated to iPadOS 14.5 or later, as well. The Magic Keyboard is compatible with: iPad Air 13-inch M2 iPad Air 11-inch M2 iPad Pro 12.9-inch 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Generation iPad Pro 11-inch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Generation iPad Air 4th and 5th Generation The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is compatible with: iPad Pro 13-inch M4 iPad Pro 11-inch M4

Place the Magic Keyboard on a flat surface. Make sure that the Apple logo is visible on the top and that the hinge is opposite you.

Open the Magic Keyboard's lid. Open the lid until it's at the angle you want, or until the lid won't open any further.

Place your iPad on the Magic Keyboard. The rear camera lenses should be in the top-right corner, so they fit in the cutout on the Magic Keyboard.

Open an app where you can type and start typing. If you need to use the software keyboard instead of your Smart Keyboard, long press on the downward-facing arrow button in the lower-right corner of the screen. To dismiss the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button (which has an icon of a keyboard with a downward facing arrow).

Magic Keyboard Folio

Ensure your iPad is the right model. The Magic Keyboard Folio is only compatible with the iPad 10th Generation.

Attach the back panel of the folio to your iPad. The Magic Keyboard Folio comes in two parts: the back and the keyboard. Attach the back panel to your iPad, ensuring the microfiber side of the panel is the side touching the iPad.

Attach the keyboard to your iPad's Smart Connector. The Smart Connector has three small magnetic contacts, and both your iPad and the Magic Keyboard Folio have them. The Smart Connector is on the side of your iPad.

Adjust the stand on the back of the back panel. Prop up your iPad with the stand on the back of the panel, and adjust the angle until you find the best viewing angle for you.

Open an app where you can type and start typing. If you need to use the software keyboard instead of your Smart Keyboard, long press on the keyboard button in the bottom-right corner of your screen and tap Show Keyboard. To dismiss the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button (which has an icon of a keyboard).

Third-Party Bluetooth Keyboards

Ensure your keyboard works with your iPad. There are many third-party Bluetooth keyboards available. Check your keyboard's packaging to see if it specifies a particular iPad model. This is especially important if you have a case with an attached keyboard or a folio-style keyboard, as the iPad must fit into the case.

Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is toggled on before you continue.

Turn on your keyboard, then press and hold the connect button. The location of the keyboard's power switch/button and connect button may vary. The power switch/button may be on the top or back of the keyboard, or it may be a button on the front of it. Likewise, the connect button could be a separate button on the top or back of the keyboard, or it may be a button on the front.

Tap the keyboard when it pops up under "Other Devices." Once the keyboard connects, it will be added to the "My Devices" section. It will also say "Connected" next to the keyboard's name in the device list when the keyboard is currently connected, and "Not Connected" when the keyboard is off or the Bluetooth connection has been severed.

Open an app where you can type and start typing. When you're done using your keyboard, make sure to turn it off to conserve battery charge. Most Bluetooth keyboards come with a charging cable, and you can recharge it by plugging it into a USB charger.

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