iPad Keyboard
iPad Keyboard

You’re likely reading this because you’ve realized your iPad can be more than just a device for consuming content; it can be a tool for creation too. But, how do you unlock this potential? A lot of people have trouble typing on an iPad because it requires two hands to hold. With that, typing becomes more difficult (than on an iPhone for example) because you’re essentially using whatever fingers aren’t occupied and the spacing between the keys isn’t as easy to use as a phone would be. So the easy way around this is to buy a keyboard for your iPad.

Benefits of Using a Real Keyboard with Your iPad

A real keyboard can transform your iPad into a lightweight and highly portable workstation. It allows for faster and more accurate typing, improving productivity.

Drawbacks of iPad’s On-Screen Keyboard

While the on-screen keyboard is convenient for quick responses or notes, it takes up half of the screen and doesn’t offer the tactile feel of a real keyboard.

How to Choose the Right Keyboard for Your iPad

Selecting the right keyboard for your iPad is akin to choosing a new pair of shoes. It has to be a perfect fit for your needs. Here’s what you should consider:


Ensure the keyboard is compatible with your iPad model. Most Bluetooth keyboards should work, but some, like the Apple Magic Keyboard, are model-specific.

Layout and Design

Keyboards come in various layouts. Some mimic a traditional full-size keyboard, while others are compact for portability.


Look for features that suit your needs, like backlighting for typing in the dark or a built-in trackpad for enhanced navigation.


Keyboards can range from affordable to quite expensive. Always consider your budget.

Top Keyboard Options for Your iPad

Here’s a look at some popular keyboard options:

Apple Magic Keyboard

Designed by Apple, this keyboard offers a seamless experience with backlit keys, a built-in trackpad, and a floating cantilever design.

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard

This affordable and portable option from Logitech can connect to multiple devices and offers an excellent typing experience.

Brydge 10.2 MAX+

Brydge offers a robust typing experience with backlit keys, a multi-touch trackpad, and a magnetic snap-on design.

How to Connect a Keyboard to Your iPad

Connecting a Wireless Keyboard

Go to the Settings > Bluetooth > and turn it on. Put your keyboard in pairing mode, and it should appear in the ‘Devices’ list. Tap to connect.

Connecting a Wired Keyboard

For wired keyboards, you’ll need an adapter like the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter for older iPads or a USB-C to USB adapter for the latest models. Connect the adapter to your iPad, then connect the keyboard.

Troubleshooting Connection Issues

If you’re having trouble connecting, make sure your iPad’s software is up to date, the keyboard is charged or has fresh batteries, and try restarting your iPad.


Getting a real keyboard for your iPad can revolutionize your experience, turning your tablet into a potent workstation. Remember to consider compatibility, layout, design, features, and price when selecting the perfect keyboard.


  1. Can any Bluetooth keyboard work with my iPad?
    • Most Bluetooth keyboards should work, but always check the product description for compatibility.
  2. Can I connect a wired keyboard to my iPad?
    • Yes, you can, but you’ll need an adapter. The type of adapter depends on your iPad model.
  3. Is a keyboard for an iPad worth it?
    • If you plan to do a lot of typing or want to use your iPad as a laptop replacement, a keyboard can be a valuable accessory.
  4. Does the iPad support keyboard shortcuts?
    • Yes, similar to a Mac, you can use keyboard shortcuts on your iPad.
  5. What do I do if my keyboard won’t connect to my iPad?
    • Ensure your keyboard is in pairing mode, your iPad’s Bluetooth is on, and your devices are close to each other. If you’re still having issues, try restarting your iPad and ensuring your iPad’s software is up-to-date.
Eric Chan

Hi! I’m Eric and I work on the knowledge base at GadgetMates.com.  You can see some of my writings about technology, cellphone repair, and computer repair here.

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