How To Login To Your Mac If Your Keyboard Isn't Working

If your keyboard isn't working when you are trying to log in, there are a few things you can do, but no perfect solution. You can use another USB keyboard, but in some cases your wireless keyboard will work as a wired keyboard too. You can also set up an Accessibility function in advance to avoid the problem.

Comments: 9 Responses to “How To Login To Your Mac If Your Keyboard Isn't Working”

    Lali Raj
    7 months ago

    I want to know if I turn on the Accessibility Options and Accessibility Keyboard and leave it on permentaly every time when I login do I have to use Accessibility Keyboard to login? Are will I be able to login normally using keyboard. Please let me know. Thanks this video is especially very useful.

    7 months ago

    Lali: Yes, you can use the physical keyboard too. Try it and see.

    dan
    3 months ago

    My Bluetooth keyboard was not connected to the mac mini.
    So when I turned the mac mini on, I couldn’t login.
    What can I do?

    3 months ago

    dan: So you have no other keyboard available? No USB keyboard anywhere? And if you turn on the keyboard it doesn’t pair it? How about a mouse or trackpad? If you have one of those, you can bring up the on-screen keyboard.

    Gwen Gaviola
    2 months ago

    Hello,
    If I haven’t set up those accessibility settings, how else can I log in to my Mac desktop? My mac wireless keyboard stopped working. I have it plugged in and it’s still not being recognized with my Mac. I also plugged in another Lenovo USB keyboard and that’s not working either. I’m stuck on the log in screen with no access to the accessibility keyboard.
    Thanks for any help.

    2 months ago

    Gwen: If USB keyboards aren’t working, you have a more serious problem. Try a reboot. If that fails then try booting into safe mode. If that fails, try an nvram and Smc reset too. If all fails, Genius Bar time.

    jd
    1 month ago

    The accessibility keyboard work-around isn’t working after restart. I can enable the accessibility keyboard while logged in and it works fine. It also works if I simply log out. But if I power down and/or restart, I can’t access the accessibility keyboard at the login screen. Pressing opt+cmd+F5 enables voice over with no other options. I have selected “accessibility keyboard” under the User & Groups>Login Options>Accessibility Options. Is this just an OS version problem? Thx

    jd
    1 month ago

    I forgot to mention: 2017 macbook running big sur

    1 month ago

    jd: Sorry, I don’t know why the Accessibility Keyboard isn’t showing up for you when you restart.

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