Set up your Apple Wireless Keyboard

Connect it to your Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV.

Start by making sure that Bluetooth is turned on and the keyboard is in discovery mode. Then pair the keyboard with your device.

Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on

  • On your Mac, choose Turn Bluetooth On from the Bluetooth status menu Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar. Or choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, click Bluetooth, then click Turn Bluetooth On.
  • On your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), go to Settings > Bluetooth, then turn on Bluetooth.
  • On your Apple TV, Bluetooth is always on. 

On/off button and light

Put the keyboard in discovery mode

While the keyboard is in Bluetooth range (about 33 feet) of your Apple device, press the on/off button on the keyboard. Then check the indicator light in the upper-right corner:

  • Light glows steadily for several seconds, then flashes: The keyboard is in discovery mode, ready to be paired. It remains in discovery mode for about 3 minutes, then turns off.
  • Light glows steadily for several seconds, then turns off: The keyboard is already connected to a device in Bluetooth range. The keyboard remembers several recently paired devices, but connects with one device at a time. Unpair the keyboard from the other device, or move it out of Bluetooth range.
  • No light: You may need to replace the keyboard batteries.

Pair the keyboard

While the keyboard is in discovery mode (the indicator light is flashing), follow the Mac or iOS device or Apple TV pairing steps below.

Pair with a Mac

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Keyboard. 
  2. Click Set Up Bluetooth Keyboard to begin searching for the keyboard.
  3. When the keyboard is found, click Continue.
  4. Use the keyboard to type the passkey shown in the window, then press Return. Nothing happens in the window as you type, and the passkey is sent only after you press Return.

Mac keyboard passkey request

If the keyboard isn't found, hold down the on/off button until the light turns off. Then hold it down again and continue holding while the light flashes. Repeat the pairing steps, and release the on/off button when asked for the passkey.

After the keyboard pairs with your Mac, it's listed by name in the Bluetooth status menu  . You can now use the keyboard with your Mac.

Pair with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth to begin searching for the keyboard.
  2. When the keyboard is found, tap its name in the Other Devices list.
  3. Use the keyboard to type the passkey shown in the window, then press Return. Nothing happens in the window as you type, and the passkey is sent only after you press Return.

iPad keyboard passkey request

If the keyboard isn't found, hold down the on/off button until the light turns off. Then hold it down again and continue holding while the light flashes. Repeat the pairing steps, and release the on/off button when asked for the passkey.

After the keyboard pairs with your device, it shows as "Connected" in the My Devices list. You can now use the keyboard with your iOS device.

Pair with an Apple TV

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth to begin searching for the keyboard.
  2. When the keyboard is found, select it from the list of devices.
  3. Use the keyboard to type the passkey displayed in the window, then press Return. Nothing happens in the window as you type, and the passkey is sent only after you press Return.

Apple TV keyboard passkey request

If the keyboard isn't found, hold down the on/off button until the light turns off. Then hold it down again and continue holding while the light flashes. Repeat the pairing steps, and release the on/off button when asked for the passkey.

After the keyboard pairs with your Apple TV, it shows as "Connected" in the list of devices. You can now use the keyboard with your Apple TV.

Unpair the keyboard

If the keyboard is paired with a device in Bluetooth range, you may need to unpair it before you can put it into discovery mode to pair with a different device.

Unpair from a Mac

  1. Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Bluetooth.
  2. Remove the keyboard by selecting it from the list of devices, then clicking x symbol . Or Control-click the keyboard in the list of devices and choose "Remove" from the pop-up menu.

Unpair from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Tap  i symbol next to the name of the keyboard in the My Devices list.
  3. Tap Forget This Device.

Unpair from an Apple TV

  1. Go to Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Select the keyboard from the list of devices.
  3. Select Forget This Device.

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