App for That: How to use your iPhone as an external keyboard for your iPad

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, @Sethran asks:

Do you know of any apps which will let me use my iPhone as an external keyboard for the iPad?

Unfortunately, due to the restrictions on the iOS SDK, there is no app that will let you use your iPhone as a keyboard for your iPad systemwide. However, we think we've found the next best thing. To find out, follow along after the break!

External Keyboard [$0.99 - iTunes link (opens in new tab)] is an app that will let you use your iPhone as a keyboard for your iPad via bluetooth or WiFi, but there's a catch - you must have the app opened on both devices at the same time in order to do so.

This limitation is a bummer, but it works. On the iPad, External keyboard is web browser and on the iPhone, it's just a keyboard. Just tap which fields in the browser you'd like to type and start typing away on the iPhone.

There is also a button for email. This opens a blank screen with an option to email what you type. If you choose to email, it pastes your text into a new email where you must use the iPad keyboard to complete. If you need to type text into a different app, you can copy it from this email section, close the app and paste into any app you wish.

Clearly, this isn't the most elegant of solutions, but until Apple opens up the SDK, it's as good as it's going to get.

Anyone else have any App for That suggestions for @Sethran? Let him -- and all of us -- know.

Having trouble finding what you need in the app store? Send us an email to iosapps@tipb.com and let us know what you're looking for, and we'll do our best to find you just the right App for That!

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

19 Comments
  • Before considering an App for That, first consider a Reason for That.
  • typing on the ipad is harder then on the iphone, mostly when your holding it up and typing, so this would help by putting the ipad on a stand and just typing on your iphone
  • I have no reason.
  • Just.... WHY???
  • Makes no sense...
  • invest in a Bluetooth keyboard. This app is a joke.
  • I'm looking for an app that does exactly the opposite. The iPad keyboard is bigger and I can type wicked fast on it. The iPhone has such a tiny onscreen keyboard I'm constantly making mistakes and backspacing. I'd love to be able to use my iPad as a keyboard for my iPhone.
  • I want an app that will allow me to turn the key in my truck and have it start my car. Then, I can get out of the truck, get into the car, and be on my way.
  • Don't be on obnoxious @$$.
    http://www.amazon.com/Viper-VSS5000-SmartStart-Security-Remote/dp/B0047Z...
  • Sooo, what's with the link? Am I supposed to be interested in something I'm already aware of and could care less about? Or were you just being obnoxious?
  • He simply answered your question from the only two perspectives he could. You can only assume that 1) You're being sarcastic or 2 )You were being honest and were looking for an app. Clearly, it looks like 1 was what you were doing but no need to comeback at him like HE was being a jerk. :)
  • Lazy sh*t technology!
  • Why isn't there an app that makes iPhone into a Bluetooth keyboard and you can just connect it to iPad like any other Bluetooth keyboard!
  • Jailbreak and use WeBe++
  • How to activate this app on the iphone and ipad?
  • WeBe++. is a jailbreak app that will let you do this, I believe.
  • I think this is retarded and counterproductive and takes away from what the ipad is for, if gonna type an email using an iphone and have it on your ipad to send just sendit from your iphone
  • Doesn't Logitech's free TouchMouse app do this?
  • LOL the title of this made me Laugh!! very funny but then again i suppose i could think of maybe one or two situations whee i would use it.. Although i do like the idea that everything could eventually be connected even if the uses of the connection are marginal. Theres something manly about controlling things from the other side of the room maybe? :)