Use your Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard with your iPad

Learn how to connect and use your Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard. 

Image shows two iPad devices, one with Smart Keyboard Folio and one with Smart Keyboard  

What you'll need

To use a Smart Keyboard Folio, you'll need one of these models:

  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation or later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later)
  • iPad Air (4th or 5th generation)

To use a Smart Keyboard, you'll need one of these models:

  • iPad (7th, 8th or 9th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)

Have a Magic Keyboard or Magic Keyboard Folio?

Find out how to set up and use Magic Keyboard for iPad Air and iPad Pro

Find out how to set up and use Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad (10th generation)

Connect to your iPad

Unlike bluetooth keyboards, you don't need to pair or turn on your Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard.

Image shows close-up of Smart Connector

If you have an iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation or later), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later) or iPad Air (4th or 5th generation): Connect your Smart Keyboard Folio to your iPad with the Smart Connector. The Smart Connector is on the back of your iPad and has three small magnetic contacts. Then put your iPad into the type position.

Image shows Smart Connector on edge of iPad

If you have an iPad (7th, 8th or 9th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation): Connect your Smart Keyboard to your iPad with the Smart Connector, which has three small magnetic contacts. The Smart Connector is on the top edge of your Smart Keyboard and on the side of your iPad. Then put your iPad into the type position.

Find out what to do if you can't connect your iPad to your keyboard.

Stand your iPad

Fold the Smart Keyboard Folio into the type position:

Image shows Smart Keyboard Folio with iPad in type position

 

Fold the Smart Keyboard into a triangle with the keyboard in front of your iPad:

Image shows Smart Keyboard with iPad in type position

To use the keyboard, your iPad needs to be in the groove above the number keys and folded in the type position.

Use keyboard shortcuts

There are multiple keyboard shortcuts that you can use to perform commands.

Most keyboard shortcuts use the Command ⌘ key, like a Mac. If you're more familiar with a PC keyboard, the Command ⌘ key does the same thing as the Control key on a PC.

Learn more about iPad keyboard shortcuts.

Switch to software keyboard

You may need to use the software keyboard that appears on your iPad display instead of the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard to do things such as type accented characters or use dictation. 

To display the software keyboard, tap the keyboard button the keyboard options button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, tap the show keyboard button the show software keyboard button. To hide the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button the minimise software keyboard button.

Get help

If your iPad doesn't detect your Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard, or you see an "Accessory not supported" alert on your iPad, make sure there's no debris or plastic covering on the Smart Connector pins on the keyboard or the Smart Connector on the iPad. Also, try these steps:

  1. Make sure your iPad and Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard are in the type position and you have the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  2. Remove the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard from your iPad.
  3. Restart your iPad.
  4. Reconnect the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard.
Published Date: