Magic Keyboard iPad

As I noted in my Magic Keyboard review, it makes a wonderful iPad companion. The Magic Keyboard is extremely lightweight and portable, which makes it super easy to slip into a bag, or even a coat or jacket pocket.

The Magic Keyboard’s low profile, and streamlined design not only make it practical for traveling, but ensures that it looks right paired with the iPad as well. In fact, I’ve been using my Magic Keyboard and iPad Air 2 together for the last few days, and I absolutely love the combination. I’ve even gone as far as to pair my Magic Keyboard with my iPhone 6s, and that was a good experience as well.

If you’re an iPad owner, you should definitely consider pairing it together with your Magic Keyboard. With iOS 9’s new keyboard shortcut abilities, and the svelte Magic Keyboard 2, you’re looking at a capable working machine when using both in tandem.

How to pair the Magic Keyboard with an iPad or iPhone

Step 1: Turn off the Magic Keyboard

Magic Keyboard Power Off

Step 2: Ensure Bluetooth is enabled via Settings →  Bluetooth on the iPad.

Magic Keyboard Bluetooth iPad On

Step 3: Turn on the Magic Keyboard.

Magic Keyboard Power Switch

Step 4: Tap Magic Keyboard under the Devices or Other Devices heading in Settings → Bluetooth.

Magic Keyboard Bluetooth iPad

After following these steps, you should see the Magic Keyboard under My Devices with a Connected status.

Magic Keyboard My Devices Connected

After you’re finished using the Magic Keyboard with your iPad, simply connect it via the Lightning to USB cable to quickly re-pair it with your Mac.

Watch our Magic Keyboard review

As I alluded to earlier, the same principal applies to the iPhone. I find that I like to keep my Magic Keyboard in my car’s glove compartment. When I need to quickly type something lengthy, I simply pull out my keyboard, pair it with my iPhone, and get to typing. This is way better than lugging around my MacBook all day.

Needless to say, I love the combination. The redesigned Magic Keyboard is great with the Mac and OS X, but don’t forget, it makes a wonderful iOS companion as well.

  • Arjan Vlek

    Can you charge it using the iPad itself?

    • TechToch

      of course no

      ipad doesnt have a usb port !

  • xxFoxtail

    This is probably a stupid question. I haven’t used an iPad in a couple years and never used a Bluetooth keyboard with one. Going to be getting an iPad Pro on launch day to replace my Surface Pro 3 and will be using my Bluetooth keyboard with it.
    Is there a way on the iPad to still trigger the on screen keyboard with a Bluetooth one connected?

    • darwiniandude

      Not a stupid question.
      Magic keyboard has some function keys: brightness, rewind play fast forward, volume etc.
      some iPad keyboard have extras. Like the Logitech Create. A home button. Spotlight button. And a button to show. On screen keyboard.
      Apple Magic Keyboard does not have these.
      Command + Shift H takes you home.
      Command + Space starts search (same as Mac)
      Haven’t found one for on screen keyboard though…

      • Bria

        Apparently the keyboard I use has a keyboard toggle button. Which works great on the iPad Pro. My concern with it was if I wanted to bring it into bed and the keyboard is still Bluetooth connected, would I be able to use the on screen keyboard. Which, apparently it turns off pretty quickly when not in use so I don’t have to worry about that. It’s the Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard in case you’re wondering, so it was designed for iOS and Android. Haven’t found a way to adjust brightness with it though.

        For your other question, I liked the Surface Pro 3. But, I bought it only to be a placeholder until something like the iPad Pro came out. I like doing lots of artsy stuff and photography. The desktop apps on the Surface Pro are just a little awkward to use with just a pen and the ones designed for tablets like Sketchbook Pro just isn’t all that fun to use. Compared to Procreate anyway. Also, Windows gives me all kinds of problems all the time for whatever reason.

      • darwiniandude

        Windows does have problems, it unfortunately needs a lot of hand holding, micromanagement and fiddling.

        Microsoft touted Surface as being a “no compromises” device, but design is always a series of choices and compromises. Making it a jack of all trades resulted in desktop software being fiddle, not being designed for touch, and tablet software less sophisticated than iOS tablet software mostly due to developer interest and market share.

        And Windows itself is very… fragile – too many points of failure. If iOS can do what you need it can be very stream lined and productive.

        I currently don’t have an iPad any more, but I’m now super keen to get a Pro after playing with it in store. Pencil has awoken a desire to draw again after many years.

    • darwiniandude

      Out of interest, how did you feel about the Surface Pro? Windows is just too annoying?

  • Roger W. Pierce

    I use a magic keyboard with my new iPad air 2. works great. Is there a meter to let me know when to charge the magic keyboard?