So you can link Bluetooth mice and keyboards to your iPad — 2022
With the arrival of iPadOS in 2019, Apple went one step further in turning an iPad into a device that can look a bit like a laptop. Without a doubt, the perfect productivity combo is to have a keyboard, an Apple Pencil and now a mouse too. This is one of the great novelties that we have in this latest version of the operating system and here we tell you how you can configure it.
Necessary requirements for the connection
Although you are probably already complying with it, it is worth reviewing what are the necessary specifications to be able to connect a mouse or a keyboard to an iPad. In these cases, it does not depend on any hardware component as such, but rather on its software. In order to use a mouse you need to have iPadOS 13.4 or later . And it is that this was the version in which the use of mouse and trackpads on iPad was fully integrated.
For keyboards there is a greater amplitude at the software level, but in any case it is always advisable to have the iPad updated to its latest available version, thus avoiding possible errors. Be that as it may, based on that mouse requirement, you should know that any of these models can use both elements simultaneously:
- iPad (6th gen)
- iPad (7th gen)
- iPad (8th gen)
- iPad (9th gen)
- iPad Air (3rd gen)
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air (4th gen)
- iPad Pro (models released in 2018 or later)
- Turn on the mouse/trackpad or keyboard and put it into pairing mode (see the manufacturer's instructions for how).
- Go to Settings > Bluetooth on the iPad.
- Locate your mouse or trackpad and tap on it to start linking.
- Open Settings on the iPad.
- Go to Accessibility.
- Tap Pointer Control.
Apple keyboards and mice for iPad
Although we can find all kinds of accessories of this type compatible with iPad on the market, Apple's own options for its tablets especially stand out. We can divide them into several types, starting with those that are covers + keyboard and that are compatible only with the tablet models indicated by connecting through the Smart Connector that these have:
Apart from these, we find other apple accessories that have traditionally been focused on Macs, but that are fully compatible with their tablets as long as they have a Bluetooth connection and a software version like the one indicated above. These are:
Can more accessories be connected without Bluetooth?
A Bluetooth accessory or one that works through the Smart Connector of the iPad always offers much more freedom of use because it does not require cables. However, they tend to have a certain latency, that is, between the time a physical action is exerted on them and the time it is executed on the device, it takes several thousandths of a second. In the case of devices like those mentioned above, this latency is very low and almost imperceptible, but it exists.
This is solved in the end with the use of wired keyboards and mice. And any of them could do, having USB-A or USB-C outputs. Although for technical reasons of the Lightning standard, it is only guaranteed on iPads that carry USB-C. Even if the accessory to be used has USB-A, it can be used on those without any problem if a USB-A to USB-C adapter is used in between. The devices that have this port are these:
We insist on emphasizing the USB-C standard, since despite the fact that there are Lightning adapters, they do not always work and sometimes it is almost a lottery to get accessories of this type to work on iPads that have that port.
Steps to follow to link them
In the following sections we explain the steps you must follow to connect a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard to the iPad, as well as the solution to possible errors that may arise during the process and that prevent a correct connection.
Connect a mouse and keyboard to iPad
If you are using the Magic Keyboard con trackpad , you should know that you do not need to do anything for it to work, since placing the cover correctly will activate both the keyboard and that element. If what you are going to connect is an external keyboard, mouse or trackpad via Bluetooth, the steps to follow are very simple in both cases:
It is possible that, depending on the accessory, a code may be required or an action executed, but it will be displayed on the screen in a very intuitive way. In the case of keyboards, it is usual to have to press on any key. If not, don't worry because they don't have to ask you for anything and the pairing will have been done correctly, although you may have to pair them again if you turn it off.
Settings for the mouse or trackpad
It should be noted that, despite not having as many options as on a computer, there are certain settings that will allow you to customize the pointer. To do this you just have to follow these steps:
In this section you can increase the contrast of the pointer, make it hide automatically, change the color, choose a size, animations and even scrolling speed. If you also want change
Possible failures in the process
Always keep in mind that these processes are not perfect. There is a possibility that there is some kind of problem when making the link. Keep in mind that this whole process works as long as peripherals are in bonding mode so that it can be detected by the iPad itself. This is achieved by activating the pairing mode and you must always keep in mind that this pairing is required. This is undoubtedly the most common problem that will arise when performing this operation with your peripherals.
It must be said that the peripherals you have chosen are not always to blame. The iPad itself can also present some problems when it comes to pairing. This normally occurs when you want to make the link that does not finish connecting and in many cases does not give any type of error in this regard. Simply that the connection animation is seen but they do not finish performing it. This can be solved in a very simple way, which is turning Bluetooth off and back on of the iPad. In this way the connection can be re-established at the moment since it always works through this way.
In the event that it does not finish working, you will be forced to restart the iPad and also to turn peripherals off and on . If you still do not finish making the connection, we recommend try to connect with another Bluetooth device to see if it works correctly or not. In the event that this is not the case, you must assume restoring the iPad to factory settings in order to solve the problem in the event that it is something related to the software. Likewise, it can also be an internal hardware failure related to the Bluetooth chip, in which case you should go to the technical service to find the most appropriate solution to this problem.