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How to Connect an External Keyboard to Mac

Connect an external keyboard to your Mac to use the device with more comfort.

Connecting a keyboard to Mac is very simple. It takes only a few steps to connect the external keyboard to your Mac. Even though the Mac keyboard is one of the best in a non-desktop device, connecting an external keyboard is convenient at times. Connecting an external keyboard to your Mac will not disable your Mac’s built-in keyboard. It still prevails, and it’s your choice to choose between the built-in keyboard or the one you connected externally.

How to connect keyboard to Mac

How to Connect a Wireless Keyboard to Your Mac

[1] Turn on your wireless keyboard.

[2] Turn on Mac and click on the Apple icon on the top-left corner of your Mac screen.

[3] Select System preferences from the drop-down menu.

Click on Bluetooth icon

[4] Click on Bluetooth.

[5] In some cases, pairing instructions may vary depending on the model and manufacturer of your wireless keyboard. Read the instructional manual.

Select the name of your keyboard from the device list

[6] You will find the name of your keyboard in the list of Bluetooth devices. Click on it.

[7] Tap the series of keyboard keys for your Mac to identify it so that it can pair with Mac.

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Steps to Connect a Generic Keyboard to Your Mac

[1] Insert the USB cable of your keyboard to the USB port of your Mac.

Follow the instruction of your Keyboard setup assistant

[2] The keyboard setup assistant will pop up on your Mac screen.

[3] Click Continue and follow the instructions as per the keyboard setup assistant.

[4] The assistant will ask you to hit the keys around the Shift key for identification.

[5] Thus, your keyboard is connected to the Mac.

How to Setup the Modifier Keys on Mac

Setting up the modifier keys is also an important step. If you miss this step, you will find it difficult to use the shortcut keys on your keyboard.

[1] Click on the Apple icon on the top-left corner of your Mac screen.

[2] Choose System preferences and then keyboard.

Set the modifier keys for your keyboard control

[3] A new keyboard window will open. Select Modifier keys at the bottom-right corner of the window.

[4] Another window will pop up. Select your keyboard from the drop-down menu to the USB keyboard. Select the modifier keys from the drop-down menu with respective choices like a command, control, option, etc.

[5] Finally, click OK.

What is Magic keyboard and How to Connect it to Mac?

Magic keyboard is a rechargeable, wireless keyboard developed by Apple. It comes with a USB C to lightning cable to charge and pair it. In addition, the magic keyboard comes with a Touch ID sensor and is available in different colors.

How to connect Magic keyboard to Mac

[1] Connect your magic keyboard to Mac using the USB-C to lightning cable.

[2] Turn on the power switch on your keyboard.

[3] Click on the Apple icon from your Mac.

[4] Choose System preferences and then Bluetooth.

[5] The device will be paired. After pairing, you can unplug the USB-C to lightning cable from the keyboard. Now, your keyboard is ready to use.

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Does Touch ID on the Magic Keyboard will Work with Mac?

Yes. If the MacBook comes with Bluetooth functionality, the Touch ID will work on your MacBook. Unfortunately, in other older models, the Touch ID won’t work.

We have seen the steps to connect different keyboard models to Mac. Choose the steps as per the type of keyboard you own. Regardless of the model, using an external keyboard instead of the built-in keyboard has its own advantages. Apple gives an easy user interface for any external keyboard to replace the built-in.

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