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How to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your Apple TV

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Don't feel like dictating to Siri or typing characters in one at a time with your Siri Remote or third-generation Apple TV remote? You can hook up your Bluetooth keyboard to your third- or fourth-generation Apple TV with little muss or fuss. Here's how.

How to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with Apple TV (fourth-generation)

  1. Turn the keyboard on if it isn't already. Otherwise, switch it off and then on to make it discoverable. (On Apple's new Magic Keyboard, the switch is on the back left.)
  2. With your Siri Remote, select the Settings icon from your Apple TV home screen.

  1. Go to Remotes & Devices > Bluetooth.
  2. If on and in range of your Apple TV, your keyboard should appear. (It may need to be disconnected from any other devices, like your Mac, first.) Select it.

  1. Press Connect to connect your keyboard.

And with that, you're all set! If you wish to unpair your keyboard, you need only follow steps 1-4, then press Forget Device.

How to pair a Bluetooth keyboard with Apple TV (third-generation)

  1. Turn the keyboard on if it isn't already. Otherwise, switch it off and then on to make it discoverable. (On Apple's new Magic Keyboard, the switch is on the back left.)


  1. Click on the Settings icon on the Home screen.
  2. Click on General.


  1. Click on Bluetooth.
  2. Click on Keyboard: Magic Keyboard when it appears under the Devices list.


That's it. You're done. No codes, no pins. If you wish to unpair your keyboard, you need only follow steps 1-4, then press Forget this device.

Questions?

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Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

1 Comment
  • I have a 3rd generation Apple TV. Is it possible to pair Bluetooth Headphones with it?
    Thanks!