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What’s the best way to connect my iPad to my Magic Keyboard?
A Touch ID button and an improved design distinguish the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID from the original Magic Keyboard. This keyboard was originally included with the original M1 iMac, but it’s fully compatible with all M1 Macs and can also connect to your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Pro.
Touch ID is only supported by M1 Macs, but iPads can use the Magic Keyboard with it. All other computers cannot use Touch ID. This feature does not work with any iPad, including the iPad Pro M1. The keyboard itself connects and works in other ways, but it’s not compatible with Touch ID on the iPad, doesn’t add Touch ID to the iPad Pro M1, and doesn’t include a fingerprint sensor.
To connect the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID on an iPad, follow this guide:
- Switching on your Magic Keyboard is as simple as flipping a switch.
- Go to the Settings app on your iPad and click the Bluetooth icon.
- In the list of OTHER DEVICES, select Magic Keyboard.
- Once it is displayed in the MY DEVICES section, the Magic Keyboard is available for usage.
How to disconnect Magic Keyboard from iPad
You can use the Magic Keyboard with multiple devices by manually pairing them each time you want to switch, or by first pairing them with your iPad and then plugging that device into your Mac using a Lightning cable. It will automatically connect to your Mac, and you can then unplug the cable. If you turn off Bluetooth on your iPad, you can avoid any potential conflicts by using this tip to use the Magic Keyboard with multiple devices without having to pair it manually each time.
To turn off Bluetooth, just follow steps 2 and 3 in the previous section and then tap the Bluetooth toggle button. This will temporarily turn off Bluetooth and disconnect the keyboard. When you turn Bluetooth back on later, the keyboard and all other Bluetooth devices will connect automatically.
If you want a more permanent disconnect, you can tell your iPad to forget the keyboard. It is necessary to reconnect the keyboard to your iPad using the instructions in the preceding section because it is no longer compatible with your iPad.
Here’s how to disconnect the Magic Keyboard from the iPad
- Click Settings, then select Bluetooth.
- In the MY DEVICES section, tap the info (i) icon, which is visible to the right of the Magic Keyboard Entry.
- Then select Forget This Device.
- Select Forget Device.
- Your Magic Keyboard is no longer attached to your iPad when it appears in the OTHER DEVICES section. Repetition of the connecting procedure is required to use them jointly in the future.
Why doesn’t Magic Keyboard Touch ID work with iPads?
Magic Keyboard’s Touch ID feature is only designed to work with M1 Macs. That means you can use it with an iMac M1, Mac mini, or Macbook Air and use the fingerprint sensor to sign in and pay through Apple Pay and other related features.
When the keyboard is connected to another device, the Touch ID button is not activated. The Magic Keyboard does not support Touch ID on iPads with in-display fingerprint sensors or the iPad Pro M1, despite Face ID being faster and more secure.
Frequently asked questions
Why can’t I pair the Magic Keyboard with my iPad?
To pair a keyboard with your iPad, unpair the Magic Keyboard first. If Bluetooth issues persist, ensure Bluetooth is turned on and restart both devices. Also, check if your iPad is updated with the latest software from Settings > General > Software Update.
How do I connect the Magic Keyboard to my Mac?
Connect the Magic Keyboard to your Mac by connecting it using the USB to Lightning cable and turning it on. Then turn on Bluetooth on your Mac from the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar or System Preferences > Bluetooth. When the two devices pair, you’ll see the Magic Keyboard in the Bluetooth preferences window.