iPad keyboard for iPad

FrancisBryan

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 1, 2015
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My wife has a (late 2013) iPad air (model A1474), and she would like to use a keyboard with it, for word processing etc. I have a spare Apple Wireless keyboard, about a year old, that came with a reconditioned iMac, bought directly from Apple UK, and for which I am currently using an old (wired) bigger keyboard. Could my wife use the wireless keyboard with her iPad, possibly with bluetooth? And if so, please could someone kindly explain to us how to do this, preferably using simple words of one syllable, if possible!
 

Cascades42

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Jan 25, 2016
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Step 1: go to settings: Bluetooth, and make sure the slider is green.
Step 2: power on the keyboard (it should have a slider on the back side, if not then the round silver thing on the right is the on button).
Step 3: from the iPad Bluetooth settings screen select Apple Bluetooth keyboard which pops up.
Step 4: type in the code

Sorry, used several 2 syllable words there ;)

Problems you might run into: the keyboard might be out of battery, in which case charge it or replace the batteries as required. It might auto pair with your iMac (not in my experience though), in which case open system preferences > Bluetooth on the mac, select the keyboard and click the - button.
 

FrancisBryan

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 1, 2015
18
3
UK
Step 1: go to settings: Bluetooth, and make sure the slider is green.
Step 2: power on the keyboard (it should have a slider on the back side, if not then the round silver thing on the right is the on button).
Step 3: from the iPad Bluetooth settings screen select Apple Bluetooth keyboard which pops up.
Step 4: type in the code

Sorry, used several 2 syllable words there ;)

Problems you might run into: the keyboard might be out of battery, in which case charge it or replace the batteries as required. It might auto pair with your iMac (not in my experience though), in which case open system preferences > Bluetooth on the mac, select the keyboard and click the - button.
[doublepost=1476518047][/doublepost]Very many thanks for your help! We shall try it now.
 

FrancisBryan

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 1, 2015
18
3
UK
Success, after a few tries! In Cascades42 step 1 (which we realised after a while, referred to the iPad, and not to the keyboard, the slider (of step 2) was set on silver, not green but, as the opposite direction was red, we concluded it must be correct. We put new batteries in the keyboard, and eventually realised that the green light did not have to stay on permanently, for the keyboard still to be turned on. Then we turned off Bluetooth on a nearby MacBook Air (also turned off), in the household, which definitely made things better. Now the iPad and wireless keyboard are connected, and so many thanks, from a couple of computer illiterates!
 
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Cascades42

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Jan 25, 2016
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Success, after a few tries! In Cascades42 step 1 (which we realised after a while, referred to the iPad, and not to the keyboard, the slider (of step 2) was set on silver, not green but, as the opposite direction was red, we concluded it must be correct. We put new batteries in the keyboard, and eventually realised that the green light did not have to stay on permanently, for the keyboard still to be turned on. Then we turned off Bluetooth on a nearby MacBook Air (also turned off), in the household, which definitely made things better. Now the iPad and wireless keyboard are connected, and so many thanks, from a couple of computer illiterates!
Glad it worked! I was doing it entirely from memory so sorry about the errors.

And clearly you're not illiterates if you can pair a Bluetooth keyboard with an iPad ;)