Magic Keyboard: The ultimate guide
The Magic Keyboard comes with new Macs but it also works with old Macs, and with iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It connects over Bluetooth, so you can pair it with anything and everything that supports that standard, but Apple's also made it pair instantly over Lightning with the Mac, making it faster and easier to get started than ever.
Updated December 2016: Reflects changes in macOS, iOS 10, and tvOS 10.
- How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your Mac
- How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your iPad
- How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your iPhone
- How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your Apple TV
How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your Mac
If you buy a new Retina 4K iMac or Retina 5K iMac it'll come with a Magic Keyboard pre-paired and ready to go. If you have an existing Mac, though, it's incredibly easy to pair a new Magic Keyboard to is and get going as well.
- How to pair your Magic Keyboard to your Mac
- How to check the battery charge level for the Magic Keyboard on your Mac
- How to un-pair your Magic Keyboard from your Mac
How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your iPad
The new Magic Keyboard has a lower profile, smaller footprint, and yet full-sized keys that, thanks to a re-engineered scissor mechanism, enjoy 33% more stability. It may not be the old-school selectric clickity-clacker some still enjoy, but the Magic Keyboard is slimmer and more portable than ever. And while it's sold with the Mac, it also works perfectly well with the iPad.
- How to pair the Magic Keyboard to your iPad
- How to check the battery charge level for the Magic Keyboard on your iPad.
- How to discover Magic Keyboard shortcuts on iPad
- How to quickly switch apps using the Magic Keyboard on the iPad
- How to disconnect or un-pair the Magic Keyboard from your iPad
How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your iPhone
Smaller and sleeker than ever, the Magic Keyboard might not fit in your pocket like an iPhone or iPhone Plus, but it can fit in your bag and give you a full-sized typing experience when you really need it.
- How to pair the Magic Keyboard to your iPhone
- How to check the battery charge level for the Magic Keyboard on your iPhone
- How to disconnect or un-pair the Magic Keyboard from your iPhone
How to connect the Magic Keyboard to your Apple TV (2012)
Yes, there's a new Apple TV coming later this month, but if you currently have an Apple TV (2012) you can easily pair it with the new Magic Keyboard and enjoy faster, less maddening search input right now, today.
- How to pair your Magic Keyboard to your Apple TV
- How to use Magic Keyboard to navigate your Apple TV
- How to disconnect or un-pair the Magic Keyboard from your Apple TV
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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.
thank you Rene for the comprehensive guide. Your articles about this keyboard over the past few days have convinced be that this Magic Keyboard is truly the keyboard for all of my Things.
Oh, I would still like to see backlighting, but that would cost battery life and Apple would never allow that.
I'm still on the fence about the new Magic Trackpad, but I know I do really want this new Magic Keyboard.
If I ever get an iMac I will still want the extended keyboard, but this keyboard is just the thing for everything else!