Use your Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard with iPad Pro

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

You need an iPad Pro to use the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard.

Connect to your iPad Pro

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

If you have an iPad Pro (11-inch) or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation): Connect your Smart Keyboard Folio to your iPad Pro with the Smart Connector. The Smart Connector is on the back of your iPad Pro, and has three small, magnetic contacts. Then put your iPad in the Type position.

If you have an iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, or iPad Pro 9.7-inch: Connect your Smart Keyboard to your iPad Pro 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 Pro. Then put your iPad in the Type position.

Stand your iPad Pro

Fold the Smart Keyboard Folio into the type position:

 

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

To use the keyboard, your iPad Pro 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.

Keyboard shortcuts

To see a list of shortcuts you can use with an app, press and hold the Command ⌘ key when you're using the app or on the Home screen.

Here are some common keyboard shortcuts:

  • Home button: Command-H 
  • Search: Command-Space
  • Switch apps: Command-Tab
  • Select All: Command-A
  • Cut: Command-X

 

  • Copy: Command-C
  • Paste: Command-V
  • Bold: Command-B
  • Italics: Command-I

Switch to software keyboard

You might need to use your software keyboard instead of the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard to do things like type accented characters or use dictation. To show the software keyboard, tap the down arrow key on your Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard, then touch and hold  until the software keyboard appears. To hide the keyboard again, tap .

Learn more about using iOS keyboards.

Get help

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

  1. Make sure that your iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard are in the Type position and that you have the latest version of iOS.
  2. Remove the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard from your iPad Pro.
  3. Restart your iPad Pro.
  4. Reconnect the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard.
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