How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to a Tablet

Wireless keyboards connect to tablets using Bluetooth, a wireless technology with a short range of only about 30 feet. In most cases, you can prepare a keyboard to connect with a tablet simply by turning the keyboard off, then turning it on again while it is close to the tablet. Read the instructions that came with the keyboard to see if it requires a passkey to connect with a device. The passkey ensures that your keyboard is not accidentally connected to another nearby device. The steps required to connect a tablet to a wireless keyboard can vary slightly depending on the tablet's operating system. Unlike docked keyboards, a wireless keyboard does not have to be designed for your specific tablet for it to be usable.

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Bluetooth is a short-range standard for wirelessly connecting peripheral devices.
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Apple iPad

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Turn on the keyboard and put it in discovery mode. Place it near the iPad.

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Tap the "Settings" icon, then tap "General." Tap "Bluetooth" if it is in the Off position. Tap the "On/Off" switch to turn it on.

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Choose the wireless keyboard when it appears on the screen. Enter a passkey for the keyboard if prompted. The keyboard name and a Bluetooth icon appear on the screen.

BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet

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Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard and put it in discovery mode before placing it near the tablet.

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Tap the "Settings" icon on the tablet status bar, then tap "Bluetooth." Tap the "Bluetooth" switch to choose the "On" position. Tap "Add New Device," then select "Search."

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Wait a few seconds for the keyboard to appear. Enter the keyboard passkey if prompted.

Samsung Galaxy Tab (Android)

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Turn on the wireless keyboard and put it in discovery mode. Place it near the tablet.

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Navigate to the Home screen. Press the "Menu Key," then select "Settings." Tap "Wireless and Network," then "Bluetooth Settings."

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Tap "Bluetooth" to turn it on, then tap "Scan Devices." Select the keyboard by tapping it. Enter the passkey if prompted.

HP Slate (Windows)

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Turn on the wireless keyboard while it is near the tablet, then put it in discovery mode.

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Tap the Start button, then "All Programs." Tap "HP," then "HP Connection Manager." The device searches for nearby devices and lists them.

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Locate the keyboard in the list, then tap the "Power Button" beside the keyboard entry. Enter a passkey if prompted.