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Increasing iPad Productivity
Using an iPad as a computer is a great way to be productive on the go, but sometimes you need a more traditional input method such as a keyboard and mouse. Fortunately, the iPad supports a variety of keyboard and mouse options, giving you the flexibility to work in the way that is most comfortable for you.
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Connecting Bluetooth Keyboard & Mice
One of the simplest ways to use a keyboard and mouse with your iPad is to connect them wirelessly via Bluetooth. Many wireless keyboards and mice are compatible with the iPad, so you can easily find one that suits your needs. To connect a wireless keyboard or mouse, simply turn on Bluetooth on your iPad, put the keyboard or mouse in pairing mode, and then select it from the list of available devices. Once connected, you can use the keyboard and mouse to type and navigate just as you would on a traditional computer. If you need help with connecting Bluetooth devices to your iPad check out this guide.
Connecting Wired Keyboard & Mice
If you prefer a wired keyboard and mouse, you can connect them to your iPad using a USB to-lightning adapter. This allows you to plug a USB keyboard and mouse directly into your iPad, giving you a wired connection. This option may be useful if you are working in an environment where wireless connectivity can be spotty. Here’s a decent video tutorial on how to connect a keyboard and mouse.
Keyboard Cases For Your iPad
Another alternative is to use a smart keyboard case with your iPad. Some keyboard cases, such as the Apple Smart Keyboard, can connect to your iPad directly and provide a built-in keyboard and touchpad. This option gives you the convenience of having a keyboard and touchpad with you all the time, without having to connect and disconnect separate devices. Plus, you’ll protection for your iPad and the option to plug in a USB-C wired mouse or just connect Bluetooth mouse.
On-Screen Keyboard & 3rd Party Apps
Finally, maybe you don’t want to lug a keyboard around. Therefore, it’s important to mention the availability of third-party apps, like Gboard that can help with converting the iPad touchscreen into a more effective on-screen keyboard or touchpad. In addition to many of the above solutions, it can be a way to have the features of a mouse using only the iPad and its screen.
In conclusion, there are many ways to use a keyboard and mouse with an iPad, whether you prefer a wireless or wired connection. With the right keyboard and mouse, you can enjoy the convenience of an iPad while having the productivity of a traditional computer. With such options available, it is easy to have the best of both worlds and to make the most of the iPad’s capabilities.