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

To use Magic Keyboard for iPad, you need an iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation) or iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation) running iPadOS 13.4 or later.

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.

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 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.

To adjust the brightness of the keys on your Magic Keyboard, go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Hardware Keyboard. Then drag the Keyboard Brightness slider to the right or left to make the keys brighter or dimmer.

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.

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 software keyboard

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

To show the software keyboard, tap the down arrow key on your Magic Keyboard, then touch and hold  until the software keyboard appears. To hide the keyboard again, tap .

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 demagnetize the card.

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