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:
To ensure your device recognises the wireless keyboard easily, make sure that the keyboard is not currently paired to any other devices.
Open the Settings App on your device, tap Bluetooth, and slide the switch to ON.
Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard (if it is an Apple Wireless Keyboard, press the power button on the right hand side).
On your iPhone, still under the Bluetooth settings, the “Devices” list should have your keyboard listed. Tap the keyboard when it appears:
Using the external wireless keyboard, type the passcode that is displayed on the iPhone display, and press the return/enter key on the keyboard:
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.
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.