external keyboard for I-Pad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by grant thompson, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. grant thompson macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2010
    I have a new I-Pad and would like to use an external keyboard. I have tried in "settings" to activate the external keyboard but it still uses the built in one. How do I go about activating the external keyboard?
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Which external keyboard are you trying to use?
  3. veedow macrumors newbie


    Dec 19, 2008
    Chicago suburbs
    Are you asking about a Bluetooth keyboard? If so, make sure you turn on BT in Settings/General. Then pair with iPad.

    If you have the USB adapter most USB keyboards will work. You might get a message once connected that this device is not supported, but my external USB KB works fine.

    I have a cheap (under $10), flexible USB keyboard that is easy to travel with, and works great!

    Not sure if this is the same one I have, but it's very similar.

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