I just completed a three hour tour of trying to figure out why my Apple Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard was not connecting to my iPad 2.
A little background… I first got the BT keyboard when I bought my first iPad. I have the A1314 Model. I didn’t use it much. In fact, I really only used it to test out the BT keyboard functionality of ScriptWrite.
Needless to say, I had paired it to my iPad many times while we were testing. Everything worked fine.
When I decided to use the BT keyboard on my iMac, it was again, a very simple pairing.
Now, this is where it starts to get weird….
I decided to go back to the full keyboard on my iMac – which is USB – so I removed the BT keyboard from the bluetooth preferences and put the BT keyboard in my iPad 2 bag.
Today, since I am working on fixing a BT keyboard issue in ScriptWrite, I needed to connect the keyboard to my iPad. When I went to pair it up… nothing. The light was coming on, on the iPad, you could see “Keyboard” in the bluetooth pairing settings, etc. But when I would touch “Keyboard” to pair it, it would sit and nothing would happen. It would give me an error and tell me that I needed to make sure my keyboard was turned on, etc. etc.
Brought out my friend’s BT keyboard and his paired right up!
I tried to pair up to my iMac figuring that I had to “disconnect” or “forget” or whatever so that the keyboard could be found by other devices. No go on the iMac either. And no go on the iPhone 4. Nothing. Same error on every device.
Replaced batteries… twice. Fresh batteries each time.
My very first thought is that I have to do a hard reset or reboot of the BT keyboard.
I did what every person in their right mind would do, I took to the interwebs to find the answer! Google came up in my browser and when I searched for “Reset Apple Bluetooth Keyboard,” I found ABSOLUTELY NOTHING HELPFUL.
There were plenty of posts talking about:
1) The ‘old’ model of the BT keyboard not working with iPad 2
2) Resetting Bluetooth preferences on the computer
3) Resetting PRAM and other crap
NOTHING about what I needed.
I won’t bore you any further with the details, I’ll just tell you that after three hours of thinking about this friggin’ BT keyboard, I did the following, and IT WORKED!
(Did this first on my iMac. As soon as it started to work, I was able to connect to my iPad and my iPhone)
1) BT Keyboard should be turned off
2) Click on the Bluetooth icon in the toolbar and you’ll see “Set Up Bluetooth Device”, click that
3) The Bluetooth Set Up Assistance window will come up and start searching
HERE’S THE TRICK
4) Turn on the BT Keyboard by pushing the button on the side, BUT HOLD THE BUTTON IN. DO NOT LET IT GO! You have to hold the button in for the ENTIRE PROCESS.
5) The Set Up Assistance will find your keyboard.
6) Click on the Name of the Keyboard and click on CONTINUE
AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO BE HOLDING THE POWER BUTTON ON THE KEYBOARD DOWN THIS ENTIRE TIME
7) You will get the Pairing Code. Type that on the keyboard.
8) YOU’RE KEYBOARD SHOULD BE PAIRED NOW!
That’s it. The trick is to HOLD THE POWER BUTTON IN FOR THE ENTIRE PROCESS OF PAIRING.
I really hope that this helps some people out there because I didn’t find ANYTHING that had this explanation. I had to figure this one out on my own.
Leave any comments if you’ve experienced the same type of issues that you couldn’t get answers to and you had to figure it out!
peace, love, and technology!