Set up and use Magic Keyboard for iPad

Learn how to set up and use your Magic Keyboard with your iPad Pro.

What you need

  • An iPad Air (4th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th or 5th generation) or iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd or 3rd generation)
  • iPadOS 14.5 or later

The first generation of the Magic Keyboard (A1998) is functionally compatible with the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) with Liquid Retina XDR display. Due to the slightly thicker dimensions of this new iPad Pro, it's possible that the Magic Keyboard may not precisely fit when closed, especially when screen protectors are applied.

Connect your Magic Keyboard to your iPad

  1. Place your Magic Keyboard on a flat surface with the hinge away from you and the Apple logo on top.
  2. Open the lid. The top portion of the lid will tilt away from you. 
  3. Keep tilting the lid until it's at the angle you want, or until it resists further opening.
  4. Place your iPad on your Magic Keyboard. The rear lenses should be in the top left corner, so that they'll go through the cutout in your Magic Keyboard.

Learn what to do if you can't connect your Magic Keyboard to your iPad

How to use your Magic Keyboard

After you've connected your iPad to your Magic Keyboard, you don't need to pair, turn on or charge your Magic Keyboard. Here's how to open and use your Magic Keyboard.

Open Magic Keyboard with your iPad attached

 

  1. Place your Magic Keyboard on a flat surface with the hinge away from you and the Apple logo on top.
  2. Open the lid until it's at the angle you want, or until it resists further opening.

Wake your iPad with your Magic Keyboard

To wake your iPad, press any key on your Magic Keyboard. Another keypress will bring up the Lock screen. Unlock your iPad with Face ID or Touch ID, or you can enter a passcode with your Magic Keyboard or by tapping on the screen as usual.

Adjust your viewing angle

You can tilt your iPad up or down to find your ideal viewing angle. 

Adjust trackpad settings and keyboard brightness

To adjust your trackpad, go to Settings > General > Trackpad. You can change the tracking speed — the speed that the pointer moves — as well as the scrolling direction. And you can turn on or off Tap to Click and Two Finger Secondary Click.

Like an iPad, the brightness of the Magic Keyboard automatically adjusts based on the light conditions around you. If you want to manually adjust the brightness of the keys on your Magic Keyboard, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Hardware Keyboard.

Charge your iPad

You can charge your iPad as usual by connecting your USB-C cable to the USB-C port on your iPad. Or you can connect your USB-C cable to the USB-C port on your Magic Keyboard. Your Magic Keyboard doesn't need to be charged.

Find out what to do if your iPad Pro doesn’t charge when it’s connected to your Magic Keyboard.

The USB-C port on Magic Keyboard provides power, but it doesn't transmit data. This means you can't use this port with an input device such as a USB-C mouse. Never connect one end of a USB-C cable to the USB-C port on your iPad and the other end to the USB-C port on your Magic Keyboard. 

Switch to the on-screen keyboard

You might need to use your on-screen keyboard instead of the Magic Keyboard to do things like type accented characters or use dictation.

To show the on-screen keyboard, tap a text field, then touch and hold  on the bottom-right corner of your iPad screen until the on-screen keyboard appears. To hide the keyboard again, tap  on your iPad screen.

Learn more

The Magic Keyboard for iPad contains magnets that hold your iPad securely in place. Avoid placing cards that store information on a magnetic strip — such as credit cards or hotel key cards — on the inside of the Magic Keyboard or between your iPad and the Magic Keyboard. Such contact might demagnetise the card.

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