How to Enable a Mouse & Keyboard on an iPad

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The iPad is powerful and flexible, but it can be challenging as a content creation device. If you're a touch typist, you have probably noticed that it's hard to achieve anything near your full speed on the iPad's touch screen. To help you type more effectively, the iPad's iOS operating system supports Bluetooth keyboards. Unfortunately, though, every version of iOS up to and including iOS 6.1.3, released in March 2013, does not include support for a mouse.

  • Activate the iPad's Bluetooth capability by going into the "Settings" app, touching "Bluetooth" and switching it "On."

  • Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard by pressing its "Power" button or sliding its power switch to the "On" position.

  • Enter the PIN code on your keyboard and press the "Enter" key. When your iPad sees the keyboard, it displays a box on its screen telling you which four-digit code to enter on the keyboard.

  • Use the keyboard to enter text on your iPad instead of using the on-screen keyboard.

Tips & Warnings

  • You maybe able to connect a USB keyboard to your iPad by plugging it into the USB-port dongle included in the optional Apple Camera Connection Kit, but Apple does not officially support this feature.

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