How to connect Smart Keyboard to iPad

If you have an iPad and a Smart Keyboard, you can use the Smart Keyboard to type on the iPad. The Smart Keyboard has a built-in keyboard and a trackpad. The trackpad lets you move the cursor around the screen.

To connect the Smart Keyboard to your iPad, follow these steps:

1. Open the Smart Keyboard app on your iPad.

2. Tap the keyboard icon in the top left corner of the app.

3. Tap the Connect button.

4. Enter your iPad's IP address.

5. Tap the Connect button.

6. The Smart Keyboard will start connecting to your iPad.

7. When the connection is complete, the keyboard will show a green light.

8. Tap the keyboard to open it.

9. Type on the keyboard.

10. To exit the keyboard, tap the X in the top right corner.

Touchscreens are great, but sometimes you just want the convenience of a physical keyboard, which for Apple users usually means pairing an iPad with a Magic Keyboard.

The Magic Keyboard is an Apple portable and easy-to-connect keyboard that comes in two varieties: the regular Magic Keyboard, which is designed for Macs, iPads, and iPhones, and the Magic Keyboard for iPad, which is only compatible with certain iPad models.

Here's how to connect both versions of the Magic Keyboard to your iPad, as well as some additional options if you want a different keyboard and suggestions for what to do if the keyboard doesn't work.

How to Connect an Ordinary Magic Keyboard to an iPad

There are two methods for connecting the standard Magic Keyboard to your iPad: Bluetooth and charging cable.

To connect it wirelessly via Bluetooth, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your iPad and select Bluetooth.

2. Ensure that both the Bluetooth switch on the iPad's screen and the Bluetooth switch on the Magic Keyboard's back are turned on.

3.nbsp;Select the Magic Keyboard option when it appears under Other Devices on your iPad's screen.

The Bluetooth menu on an iPad, with the Magic Keyboard option highlighted.

When the keyboard appears, select it.Dave Johnson, William Antonelli/InsiderDave Johnson, William Antonelli/Insider

If your keyboard is already paired with another device, you must unpair it before proceeding; you can disconnect by turning off the keyboard or by going to the Bluetooth section on your iPad.

If you have an iPad with a USB-C charging port, you can simply plug in the Magic Keyboard with a Lightning to USB-C charging cable and it should pair immediately.

How to Connect Your iPad to the Magic Keyboard for iPad

The process is accelerated if you have the iPad-specific Magic Keyboard.

Quick note: Despite its name, the Magic Keyboard for iPad only works with a few iPad models, including the iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Air (fourth and fifth generations).

1. Fold the keyboard into place after opening it.

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Place your iPad on the keyboard's magnetic area.Apple

2. Place the iPad on the magnetic surface.

Remember that if you close your keyboard over the iPad while on a phone or video call, the call will continue to be active.

How to Connect a Different Keyboard to Your iPad

The iPad can use a variety of keyboards, not just Apple's.

If the keyboard is wireless, you should be able to pair it in the same way you would a regular Magic Keyboard: put the keyboard in pairing mode and open the Settings app on your iPad.

And, if your keyboard has a wired USB connection, you can connect it to your iPad via the charging port; however, depending on the keyboard and the iPad, you may need an adapter to convert the USB wire to a Lightning or USB-C cable.

What should you do if your iPad keyboard stops working?

Don't panic if you've followed all of the instructions but your iPad still won't respond or recognize the new keyboard; there are a few quick troubleshooting steps you should go through before assuming something is broken.

  • Restart the iPad and try pairing again; your iPad may simply require a software refresh.
  • If you're using a wireless keyboard, make sure the batteries are charged or replaced.

The Lightning charger port on the back of an Apple Magic Keyboard.

The standard Magic Keyboard (shown here) is charged with a Lightning cable.Apple
  • Check that both the iPad and the keyboard have Bluetooth turned on.
  • If you're using the magnetic Magic Keyboard for iPad, remove it for a few seconds before reattaching it.
  • Check that your iPad is up to date.

If you're using a Magic Keyboard, make sure your iPad is compatible; the regular Magic Keyboard is compatible with almost every iPad released in the last five years, but the Magic Keyboard for iPad only works with the iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Air (fourth and fifth generations).

Devon Delfino assisted with an earlier version of this article.

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Tech Reporter for Insider Reviews

As a founding member of the Reference team, William Antonelli (he/she/they) helped grow Tech Reference (now part of Insider Reviews) from humble beginnings into a juggernaut that attracts over 20 million visits per month. Outside of Insider, his writing has appeared in publications such as Polygon, The Outline, Kotaku, and more.He's also a go-to source for tech analysis on Newsy, Cheddar, and NewsNation. Follow him on Twitter @DubsRewatcher or email him at [email protected]. Outside of Insider, his writing has appeared in publications like Polygon, The Outline, Kotaku, and more. He's also a go-to source for tech analysis on channels like Newsy, Cheddar, and NewsNation. You can find him on Twitter @DubsRewatcher, or reach him by email at [email protected].

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Why is my Smart Keyboard not connecting to my iPad?

If you are unable to connect your iPad to your Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, or Smart Keyboard Folio, update your iPad to the most recent iPadOS version.Tap the Software Update Available notification in Settings; if no notification appears, go to General > Software Update to see if an update is available.Update your iPad to the latest version of iPadOS. Go to Settings and tap the Software Update Available notification. If you don't see a notification, go to General > Software Update to see if an update is available.

How can I make my iPad recognize my keyboard?

iPad keyboards can be added or changed..
Go to Keyboard > Settings > General.
Add a keyboard: Tap Add New Keyboard, then select a keyboard from the list. Repeat to add more keyboards.Remove a keyboard: Tap Edit, then tap Delete next to the keyboard you want to remove.

How do I activate Bluetooth pairing mode on my iPad?

Connect a Bluetooth device such as a headphone, keyboard, game controller, or other device..
To put the device in discovery mode, follow the instructions that came with it..
On the iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth, enable Bluetooth, and then tap the device's name.