MacMost Now 389: Using an External Keyboard With Your iPad

You can use both an Apple Wireless Keyboard and the iPad Keyboard Dock with your iPad. Learn what each has to offer, and what special features you get when using an external keyboard instead of the on-screen keyboard.

Comments: 17 Responses to “MacMost Now 389: Using an External Keyboard With Your iPad”

    Mark Adams
    9 years ago

    Have not decided if I should buy ipad. I had iPhone 3g, now 3gs. The 4g comming out soon. Too much $$$

    Brad
    9 years ago

    Thanks for the great review comparing the two keyboards. I’m glad I watch it before getting the keyboard dock. I’ll get the Bluetooth model instead. Thanks!

    Kit
    9 years ago

    I tried this and it never connected… Do I have to unlock the keyboard from my iMAC before it will connect…?

    HELP = Thanks, Kit

      9 years ago

      You may need to reset it, yes. Play around with the one and only button for a while. Sometimes it is tough to get it to connect the first time.

      Kit
      9 years ago

      I finally figured it out… I pressed and held the on/off button on the side at the same time, I held the “home” button on the front for 5 or 10 seconds… I did this twice and finally, the apple appeared and it rebooted… I still don’t know exactly what I did, but everything is working fine now… And, Yes, my Blue tooth, magic mouse is working… I use it to advance the slides in KeyNote…

      Thanks, Kit

    Kit
    9 years ago

    Thanks Gary…

    My next project was to try and connect my blue tooth MAC keyboard, but I haven’t been able to make it work… YET… Should I disconnect the keyboard from the iMAC before trying to connect to iPAD…? – Kit

      9 years ago

      I think it makes things easier on both ends, yes.

    Martin
    9 years ago

    I tried to pair my brand new Ipod Touch 32g gen. 4 to my wireless Apple keyboard but it would not even recognize it. Any ideas? I followed just what you did in this video.

      9 years ago

      How old is the keyboard? Only the current model supports modern bluetooth — the older ones do not.

    Larry Rush
    8 years ago

    I bought the Apple external keyboard to work with my Ipad. the first one did not communicate with the ipad, it was returned and a second one also would not work. Tech Support was no help. I found that the ipad protective cover (sold by Apple) prevented the connection to the Ipad. I had to slice away the opening with an Exacto knife in the cover in order to make the pins fit tightly. Very poor engineering, and even worse support. I do
    NOT recommend using an external keypad if you plan to use a protective cover on your ipad.

    Jessy Streur
    8 years ago

    Gary,
    I have the external keyboard and ipad and they work very well together, however when I am in google docs and typing either quickly or deleting more than about six letters at once, it returns to the top of the paragraph, sometimes for the rest of the deleting and sometimes (when adding text) only for one character.
    Is there something I may be clicking thats making it do this?
    Sincerely
    A high school student with an essay due tomorrow.

      8 years ago

      Does this only happen in Google Docs? If so, then I would suspect a bug in the Google Docs code that is the cause. Google Docs doesn’t work very smoothly on the iPad. Perhaps use another word processor (like Pages) for this?

        Jessy Streur
        8 years ago

        Thank you so much!, Yes it is only google docs, I have had a lot of issues attempting to make the formatting compatable with other things. This will help a lot bc google docs also doesn’t let me tab.

    Susan Schwartz
    8 years ago

    I have an ipad and wireless keyboard. WHen I am away from my office, I connect using Remote Desktop app(RDP). My office computer is a PC. Is there any way to ‘right-click’ on the wireless keyboard/ipad when working on the PC through them?
    Thanks

      8 years ago

      It depends on the app. I’ve never used that one, but I have used others. Look in their help docs to see how the facilitate right clicks.

    Liz
    7 years ago

    My shift button doesn’t work on my wireless keyboard. Any solutions?

      7 years ago

      First, try turning off Universal Access in the System Preferences. Perhaps a setting there is affecting it. But it could simply be a hardware failure.

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