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Reset Apple Wireless Keyboard Pairing

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The Apple Wireless Keyboard pairing problems of it’s Bluetooth version are all too common, yet there are no easy to find instructions on Apples website, at least I couldn’t find any. If you’re like me and countless fellow Mac users that needed to reset their Apple wireless keyboard, just to run into a lengthy process of research and frustration, well then you know what I’m talking about.

It’s completely inexcusable that such a simple, yet highly demanded task is poorly documented by Apple. After all, it appears that besides using a wireless device on more than one mac, users also seem to face issues with sudden connectivity problems at random.

Now let’s focus on the problem, the reset Apple wireless keyboard pairing. The steps are rather simple:

  1. Turn off the Apple wireless keyboard, better yet remove the batteries.
  2. On your mac, click the bluetooth icon in the upper toolbar, then select “Set Up Bluetooth Device”.
  3. Wait for the Bluetooth Set Up Assistance to come up and start searching for devices.
  4. Insert the batteries then HOLD the power button, do NOT let go.
  5. Your wireless keyboard should now appear in the assistant.
  6. Select the keyboard from the list and click continue, while still holding the power button.
  7. Once you get the pairing code, let go of the power button and type in the code.

Your Apple wireless keyboard should now be paired and working. The trick is to hold down the power button during the entire pairing reset process, simple yet rarely documented.

If you’re still out of luck, try replacing the batteries with new, regular and fresh ones. Don’t use rechargeable batteries for this test, as some users have reported issues with them. In addition, ensure that the keyboard has been un-paired with other computers that are in the vicinity of the one you’re trying to connect to.

Listed in Mac, Useful Stuff

Tags: apple, wireless keyboard

13 responses to “Reset Apple Wireless Keyboard Pairing”

  1. Keith says:

    Great info but the basic glitch I had was that I had not unpaired the wireless keyboard from my previous computer!. Even holding the on/off button down throughout the process did no good until I realised I had to unpair the keyboard. Your suggestions were splendid once I had done that.

    This site gave me the news I needed: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1809#2

  2. Henning says:

    Unfortunately this does not work. I have an Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard (generation 2, three batteries), and it is not recognized, also not with the method you provided in your post.

    • Adam foster says:

      My batts died when I was logged off. I replaced them with new ones but it still won’t work. I can’t get in to reset the Bluetooth if I can’t type in my password. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  3. Goldenski says:

    Thanks workedlike a treat and saved my keyboard from becoming a frisbee 😛

  4. Sabine says:

    I tried to reset my wireless keyboard because I have trouble with the Shift key and the T. It makes it capital and also when I hold the left Shift key it is writing a T. Resetting it changed the E to go from capital to small, but not the rest:-(

    So annoying! Should I bring it to the Mac people? Or does anyboady have an idea?

    Cheers! Sabine

  5. Ben says:

    Worked in my 2-battery keyboard. Thanks!

  6. Friar John Paul says:

    Ave Maria!

    Thank you! The Ipad would recognize but not receive any input from the keyboard, but this fixed it! God bless!

    In the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

    Friar John Paul

  7. daan says:

    Thank you verry much. holding the power button did the trick 😀

  8. amy says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I struggled for a long time to pair my keyboard.. Thanks!

  9. Richard Reitz says:

    As of Apr. 16th, 2015, this worked PERFECTLY with my two battery wireless keyboard.

    NOTE: I did unpair the keyboard from another nearby computer and turned its bluetooth off. Not sure whether this was necessary or not.

    Agreed, how can Apple not make this simpler to do? Maybe they just want to sell a new keyboard when you get a new computer or device?

  10. Joyce yee says:

    You are awesome!!

  11. Sorin says:

    Nice and useful trick. Works for me.
    Thank you !

  12. David S says:

    It worked for me once I unpaired the keyboard. I’m bookmarking this because I know I’ll run into it again!

    Thank you!

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