Using a Bluetooth Keyboard with iPad

The iPad virtual keyboard is almost as big as a standard-sized keyboard. Still, using a physical keyboard - such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard - with an iPad offers a number of additional features and conveniences - including, of course, the ability to type faster and with more accuracy.

Keyboard Shortcuts
You can use keyboard shortcuts for common editing tasks such as Undo (command key + 'z'), Copy (command key + 'c') and Paste (command key + 'v').

Arrow Keys
When editing text, using arrow keys is much easier and bit more accurate than using your finger to slide the cursor to exactly the right position.

Punctuations, Symbols and Numbers
Quotation marks, apostrophes, angle brackets, parentheses, plus sign and other punctuations and symbols are much easier to type on a physical keyboard. Numbers, too.

Function Keys
Keys that control sound volume and screen brightness work with iPad. The play/pause, rewind and fast forward keys (F7, F8 and F9) on the Apple Wireless Keyboard work to control the iPod and Videos apps, too.

How to Connect a Bluetooth Keyboard to iPad
Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard. Then, on your iPad, open the Settings app. Tap General and then tap Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. After a moment, you'll see your keyboard listed. Tap it.

Your iPad will ask you to type a passcode on your keyboard. After you do this, your keyboard will be connected to your iPad.

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Reader Comments (8)

Hi there,
I hv just brought a Apple BlueTooth KB and it works fine with all the different applications on my ipad except Numbers (it works fine on Pages).
Is this normal or am I missing something here.
Thanks .. John

August 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

Wow, you're right. Numbers does not work with a wireless Keyboard - very odd!

August 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterWoowooMac Editor

i like physical keyboard , coz it is easy to use and comfortable.but the wireless keyboard seems like it cant work sometimes.

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February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I have looked into the wireless keyboard issue for my Ipad, with regards the keyboard not working in Numbers and you are right it does not? However if you double tap the cell you want to add something into then a virtual screen will appear , this then lets you use your wireless keyboard!!!!

hope this helps


September 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBB

my wireless keyboard works just fine, but after 2 minmtes it dissapears out of the list with devices and the keyboard does not work anymore. why?

August 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhanna

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