The iPad’s an undeniably fun device, but you can’t take great notes with it until you hook it up to a proper, full-sized keyboard. Here’s how to do that.
Apple sells a keyboard dock for $79 that you simply plug into your iPad and start typing with. But you don’t have to drop $80 on a unitasking keyboard if you’ve already got a Bluetooth keyboard on hand. All you have to do is pair your Bluetooth keyboard with your iPad. Here’s how:
- On your iPad, open the Settings app and navigate to General > Bluetooth; make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
- Power on your Bluetooth keyboard. If it’s already turned on, you may need to turn it off and then turn it back on to make it “discoverable” by your iPad.
- When you see the keyboard in the Devices section on your iPad, tap the device. You’ll be prompted to enter a PIN on your keyboard to finish the pairing process. Do so, then press Enter.
- You’re done! You should now be able to type on your iPad from the comfort of a keyboard.
If you’re new to note-taking on the iPad, you may want to take a look at our previous guide to setting up the holy grail of ubiquitous plain-text capture, and since you probably still want to use your iPad as a monitor, you may want to check out one of these iPad stands that’ll set you back less than six bucks.