How to Connect a Magic Keyboard to Your iPad or iPad Pro
Pairing the standalone Magic Keyboard with Touch ID to your tablet is not a difficult task anymore. Let’s see how to Connect Magic Keyboard to iPad easily.
What to Know
- iPads cannot use the Touch ID feature; only M1 Macs can.
- You can use any iPad or iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.
- To connect: Turn the keyboard on, then open Settings > Bluetooth > Magic Keyboard.
This article shows how to connect an iPad or iPad Pro to a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.
Note: The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, which can also purchased separately and initially offered with the M1 iMac, is the topic of this article. The Magic Keyboard for iPad, a keyboard case that design for use with iPad Air and iPad Pro, is a different device.
How Do I Connect My Magic Keyboard to an iPad?
With the exception of having a Touch ID button, the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is an update to the original Magic Keyboard. The first M1 iMac came with this keyboard, but it works perfectly with all M1 Macs. It can also use to connect to your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Pro.
iPads can use the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, but M1 Macs are the only computers that support the Touch ID feature. Any iPad, even the iPad Pro M1, cannot use this feature. Although the keyboard connects and works in other ways, it is incompatible with the Touch ID feature on iPads. It does not add the Touch ID feature to the M1 iPad Pro hat has no built-in fingerprint sensor.
Here are the steps to connect a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID to an iPad:
- Click the power button to Turn on your Magic Keyboard
2. On your iPad, go to Settings and select Bluetooth.
3. Tap Magic Keyboard in the OTHER DEVICES section.
Note: Toggle Bluetooth on or off by tapping the button, then wait for your iPad to find the keyboard.
4. The Magic Keyboard is ready for use when it appears in the MY DEVICES area.
How to Disconnect a Magic Keyboard From an iPad
You may link your Magic Keyboard manually each time if you wish to move between devices, or you can pair it with your iPad first. Then connect it to your Mac using a Lightning wire. It will immediately set up a connection with your Mac, after that you can remove the cord. You may prevent any possible issues from using this approach to utilize a Magic keyboard with many devices without manually pairing each time by turning off Bluetooth on your iPad.
Simply repeat steps 2-3 from the section before tapping the Bluetooth toggle to turn Bluetooth off. That will temporarily disconnect the keyboard and turn off Bluetooth. The keyboard and any other Bluetooth devices will immediately connect once Bluetooth turned back on.
You can ask the iPad to forget your keyboard for a more longer disconnect. If you want to use the keyboard and iPad together again in the future, the connection between them will be lost. Andyou will need to reconnect it using the steps in the previous section.
Here’s how to unplug an iPad and Magic Keyboard:
- Open Settings, and tap Bluetooth.
2. To the right of the Magic Keyboard entry in the MY DEVICES section, tap the info I icon.
3. Tap Forget This Device.
Note: If you select Disconnect, the keyboard will only disconnect temporarily. Later, it will automatically reconnect.
4. Tap Forget Device.
5. Your Magic Keyboard is no longer attached to your iPad when it appears in the OTHER DEVICES section. Repeat the connection method described above to use them together in the future.
Why Doesn’t the Magic Keyboard Touch ID Feature Work With iPads?
Only M1 Macs are designed to use the Magic Keyboard’s Touch ID capability. This indicates that you can use it with an M1 iMac, Mac mini, or Macbook Air and log in using your fingerprint, pay for products using Apple Pay, and use other associated services.
The Touch ID button is not active when the keyboard linked to any other device. That means it can’t provide input to the Touch ID feature on any iPad that has a built-in fingerprint sensor, and it doesn’t add Touch ID to the M1 iPad Pro that doesn’t have any fingerprint sensor at all.
Even with the Magic Keyboard attached, the M1 iPad Pro does not support Touch ID, however the iPad Pro does have the faster and more secure Face ID.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why am I unable to pair my Magic Keyboard to my iPad?
To link the Magic Keyboard with your iPad after setting it up with another device, you must first unpair it from the other device. If the problem is connectivity, restarting both devices and making sure Bluetooth is turned on are further cures for iPad Bluetooth difficulties. Additionally, make sure your iPad has the most recent software by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
How do I connect a Magic Keyboard to a Mac?
With the supplied USB to Lightning cable plugged into your MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, or MacBook Air, turn on the Magic Keyboard to begin connecting it to your Mac. Then, turn on Bluetooth on your Mac by selecting System Preferences > Bluetooth or the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. The Magic Keyboard will appear in the Bluetooth options window once the two devices have paired.
How do I unpair Magic Keyboard on iPad?
Before connecting Magic Keyboard to your iPad, you must unpair it from any other devices it may have previously been linked with. See Unpair a Bluetooth device if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Select the device, then Control-click its name, in the Bluetooth preferences section of the Apple menu on a Mac.
How do I put my Magic Keyboard in pairing mode?
Open System Preferences on a Mac, click “Keyboard,” then “Set Up Bluetooth Keyboard.” On iOS or Android, go to Settings and enable “Bluetooth,” and on Windows, go to Control Panel and choose “Add a Device.” You must enter the number code on the keyboard once your device displays a passcode and a countdown timer.
How do I change the battery in my Apple Magic keyboard?
Use a coin to loosen and remove the battery compartment cover, located on the side of the keyboard, then remove the old batteries. Insert the AA batteries into the battery compartment, making sure the positive and negative ends are pointing in the correct direction. Replace the battery compartment cover.