How to use a wireless keyboard with your iPhone or iPod Touch

Have you ever found yourself typing a large amount of text on your little iPhone or iPod Touch onscreen keyboard?

What you may not realise is that you can connect any external wireless keyboard to an iPhone or iPod touch via Bluetooth. Also, with an external wireless keyboard connected, the ‘virtual’ onscreen keyboard disappears providing you with the entirely viewable screen whilst you type. You can use any wireless keyboard, however we will look at pairing my iPhone to an Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Pairing an external wireless keyboard is simple, just follow these easy steps:

Step 1

To ensure your device recognises the wireless keyboard easily, make sure that the keyboard is not currently paired to any other devices.

Step 2

Open the Settings App on your device, tap Bluetooth, and slide the switch to ON.

Step 3

Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard (if it is an Apple Wireless Keyboard, press the power button on the right hand side).

Step 4

On your iPhone, still under the Bluetooth settings, the “Devices” list should have your keyboard listed. Tap the keyboard when it appears:

pair ios device with wireless bluetooth


Step 5

Using the external wireless keyboard, type the passcode that is displayed on the iPhone display, and press the return/enter key on the keyboard:

use external wireless keyboard with ios device

Your wireless keyboard will now indicate that it is “Connected” under the Bluetooth Devices menu on your iPhone! Exit the settings and open any app on your iPhone to use the keyboard as normal.

wireless keyboard now connected

The simplest way to disconnect the keyboard from your iPhone is to just turn off Bluetooth again by going back to Settings, choose Bluetooth, and slide the setting to OFF.

However, if you use Bluetooth for hands free devices or speakers for example, you can alternatively choose to “forget” the device. Although you will have to go through the pairing steps listed above again when you want to use the external keyboard. To “forget” the keyboard simply open Settings and tap Bluetooth. then tap the Keyboard Device Name, then tap “Forget this Device”, confirm by tapping the red “Forget Device” button.

This feature has been tested using iOS v6.0.1 which was the latest iOS release at the time of writing and also using the latest Apple Wireless keyboards.

2 Replies to "How to use a wireless keyboard with your iPhone or iPod Touch"

  • Alena

    what if it doesn’t stop loading? do you just wait or start the process all over again?

  • Hello Alena.

    If you are asking what to do if the Devices list keeps on loading, then yes you should wait for your device to finish discovering Bluetooth devices. if it takes more than a couple of minutes, either turn Bluetooth off and on, or perhaps move to a location where you think there will be less Bluetooth devices in range and try again. The more radio waves within close proximity of your device will cause the discovery to take longer.


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