Google Productivity Pad: How to connect a bluetooth keyboard to an iPad

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How to connect a bluetooth keyboard to an iPad

If you decide you want to go all iPad either completely or just for your mobile needs, there are many reasons you might need to use a bluetooth keyboard. Here are a few:

  • You may not like the lack of tactile feedback you get from the onscreen keyboard.
  • You may have too much typing to do to be comfortably handled by the onscreen keyboard.
  • You may want to be able to view the whole screen instead of having half of it covered up by the onscreen keyboard.
  • You may want to make use of arrow keys, media controls, number pad, or other key options not offered by the onscreen keyboard.
  • You may prefer to type in the dvorak lay out, an option only offered on the iPad via bluetooth keyboards. 
What ever your reason you may have encountered some trouble setting up your bluetooth keyboard because the instructions that come with them are often cryptic at best. Fortunately the process is actually quite simple.

1.Turn bluetooth on on your iPad from the settings page (red arrow)

2. Turn bluetooth on on your keyboard, generally you do this by switching on the power and then pressing a button with the bluetooth symbol on it.
3.The keyboard should start blinking an LED if it has one and then appear in the list of devices on your on your iPad screen. Simply tap it (orange arrow)

4. You will then receive a notification box on your iPad telling you to enter a pairing code on the keyboard. (yellow arrow) simply enter this via the number keys and press enter.

5. You are now paired if it says "Connected" next to the keyboard in the device list (green box)
There you have it your keyboard is now connected and ready to use.

Quick Tip: did you know you can also connect a bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone or iPod Touch? The process is the same as for an iPad.

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