Remote Keyboard for iOS5

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Malacoda, Oct 22, 2011.

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    I came back to the iPhone with the 4S, after using two Android phones between now and my 3GS. Something I am finding I really miss is the ability to remote type onto my phone via my computer keyboard. This was easy to setup and do on Android, but I am not finding a solution on iOS.

    There are tons of apps for remote controlling other things via the iPhone, but from what I can tell the only way to do the reverse is jailbreaking, which I am disinclined to do, at least until it is buttery smooth on iOS5.

    Any chance someone can show me I am wrong? A fair amount of searching has so far been fruitless.

    Something I thought might work is some sort of Bluetooth emulation software, so my computer can emulate a BT keyboard, but no luck there either.

    Thanks!
     
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    All you need is a Bluetooth keyboard, then go to Settings> General> Bluetooth and add that keyboard to your iDevice.
     
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    It sounds like you're asking about how to use your PC's keyboard (which I presume is wired, or perhaps you have a laptop and it's integrated.) In which case, no, there's no way to use that keyboard to input text on the iPhone.

    However, as saving107 says, you can certainly pair a bluetooth keyboard with the iPhone and use that.
     
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    Right, I have that down. I am looking for the ability to type from my computer, so I don't have to have a BT keyboard in addition to my normal keyboard.
     
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    The way it worked on Android was via the program Wi-Fi Keyboard. You'd run the program, setting it as the active keyboard, and it'd give you an IP address. You go to that address in your browser, and it'd provide a text window you could type into, which would be sent to the phone.

    It was amazingly handy. No extra keyboard required.

    I know this specific method isn't going to work with iOS, but I was hoping something existed out there that achieved similar results.

    I was hoping there was some program that emulated a BT keyboard, so the iPhone would see your computer as just another BT device it could connect to. I have seen something similar on Linux, though not iOS specific.
     
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    I am sure if one searched hard enough they might be able to find something like this, but I have neither the time nor inclination to search for such a thing, at least not now. :p

    I admit, that having a BT keyboard would be quite nice I always prefer typing on a bigger keyboard than the Iphone.
     
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    Oh, I have searched quite a bit, and came up empty, but you never know when perhaps you aren't using just the right search term, and someone else might have the answer you can't find!

    I do have a BT keyboard I can pair with it, but only in one location, and only for one device at a time, and having a second keyboard around is suboptimal.
     

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