Bluetooth pairing

In order to use your Apple Wireless Keyboard or Magic Keyboard with Windows you need to pair it as a Bluetooth device.

Even without any installation the Keyboard should pair as generic keyboard on most PCs with Bluetooth enabled.

For pairing no additional software is required.

Prepare for pairing

If your keyboard was already paired with another computer make sure this computer is not turned on or you have removed the keyboard from this computer.

Apple Wireless Keyboard (with the 2 or 3 AA batteries)

  • Make sure you have a set of charged AA batteries inserted at the side of your keyboard.
  • Turn your keyboard on by holding the Power button and wait until the little green light above the power switch is blinking.
    (Sometimes you need to release the power button and press and hold it again.)

Magic Keyboard (with the Lightning plug to recharge)

  • Make sure your Magic Keyboard is charged.
    A new Magic Keyboard is already charged by Apple. Charging it for 5-10 minutes should be enough.
  • Turn your Magic Keyboard on.

Pair your keyboard

  1. On Windows right click on your Bluetooth icon in the taskbar and choose Add a Bluetooth device.
    If you can't see the Bluetooth icon it might be hidden. Click on the little up arrow in the icons section of the taskbar. If there is still no Bluetooth icon it might be removed from the taskbar icons. Search Windows for Bluetooth settings or Add a device or refer to your Windows Help System on how to add a device.
  2. Select your keyboard from the devices listed, it can take a little while until the keyboard appears.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

If a numeric code is requested either:

  • Enter a given numeric code on the bluetooth keyboard and press return.
  • Enter 1234 on the existing main keyboard and click Allow (or press Enter), now enter 1234 on the Apple Wireless Keyboard and press return.

Magic Keyboard

  • You just need to confirm a passcode by clicking Yes.
    (In case a numeric code is requested to enter, just enter that code and press return.)

Verify pairing

Once the keyboard is paired it should work as a generic keyboard. However some keys are missing, especially the Ins, Del, Home, End, Page Up and Page Down keys.

If you can type standard characters it's time to install the Magic Keyboard Utilities.

Note: If pairing doesn't work in the first place, the Magic Keyboard Utilities installation doesn't help either.