New Mac Mini, no keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by zippersweater, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. zippersweater macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012

    I bought a mac mini and I didn't buy a keyboard because theres one I want to order online. Anyway, I turned it on and its asking me to pair a bluetooth keyboard before proceeding. Is there anyway for me to use this computer befopre getting my keyboard? I dont have any external keyboard but I do have a macbook and iphone.

  2. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    There is an application for the Mac called "Type2Phone" that allows it to mimic a Bluetooth keyboard. With this you should be able to sey up your Mac Mini.
  3. zippersweater thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2012
    Interesting. The App description says its only for phones. Not sure why they wouldn't advertise that it could works for computers too if it indeed does. How confident are you that it'll work. (Just cause its 5 bucks)
  4. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    I couldn't say. In theory there shouldn't be a problem. Though perhaps you should wait for someone else to chime in.
  5. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Ther isnt a way, you have to plug in an external keyboard to use your macmini, may be a cord one or a bluetooth one.
  6. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2011
    Sacramento, CA
    Maybe you could borrow a friend's keyboard? Or go buy a cheap one and return it when your "online" keyboard comes. But, I'm curious: if you don't have a keyboard, why bother setting the computer up?
  7. MatthewAMEL macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2007
    Orlando, FL
  8. sno1man macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2011
    If you have a thunderbolt cable or a firewire cable (dependent on which macbook you have) you might be able to start the mini in target disk mode and thus configure it that way. I have not ever tried that however
  9. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    As others have suggested, just plug in any old wired keyboard; a mate's, a cheapie.

    The Mac Mini's not fussy. It doesn't have to be a flash bluetooth job, though if there isn't a keyboard plugged in, that's what it will be expecting.

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