By Houdah Software
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Imagine typing text on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
Picture the full-size keyboard of your Mac – Now connect both.
Use your Mac as Bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.
Type on your full-size keyboard. The text will appear on your iOS device.
Prepare text on your Mac and then paste it to your mobile device.
- Use your Mac as a keyboard to type SMS text messages at full speed
- Send tweets. Update your Facebook status. Chat. From the comfort of a full keyboard
- Reply to emails on accounts configured only on your iPhone
- Paste addresses, passwords, … from your Mac to your iPhone
- Use AppleScript to automate text input to your iPhone
- Mac with Bluetooth enabled
- iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (all models), iPod touch (3rd generation or later). iOS 3.2 or later
- Apple TV with software version 5.2 (January 2013) or later
Supported iOS keyboard layouts:
- U.S American
- Canadian English
- Canadian French
- Czech, Czech QWERTY
- Japanese QWERTY
- Polish, Polish Pro
- Slovak, Slovak QWERTY
- Swiss French, Swiss German
- Turkish, Turkish QWERTZ
Initial pairing instructions:
- On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth
- Enable Bluetooth on your Mac and set it to be Discoverable
- On your iPhone / iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth
- Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone / iPad
- Tap the name of your Mac to start the pairing procedure
For future uses, you may initiate the connection from the "Click here to connect" button in Type2Phone.
By default, Type2Phone reconnects to the last known device as soon as you start typing.
Additional Instructions for Apple TV:
- Initiate pairing from Apple TV (see: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5633)
- When asked for confirmation, click YES on your Mac
- Click the Select / Enter button on your Apple TV remote
Recent customer praises:
- 5 stars - "I have been working with 2 bluetooth keyboards […] Now I only need one. Well done!" - Big Voice, USA
- 4 stars - "One of the simplest, most useful apps ever!" - ShowWalker, USA
- 5 stars - "Works like a charm. This app has let me use my Mac and iPad seamlessly with a bluetooth keyboard" - cmfnyc, USA
- 5 stars - "FINALLY able to use BT Keyboard with AppleTV" - Grumpy430, USA
- 5 stars - "Kleines Helferlein mit Top Funktion" - Barbakus, GERMANY
- 5 stars - "Sehr praktisch in Kombination mit iOS-Geräten" - Ancandis, GERMANY
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When attempting to pair, your iOS device may not list your Mac or indicate that it is incompatible.
The workaround is as follows:
- On iOS: Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Select your Mac. Select "Forget this Device"
- Restart your iPhone / iPad
- In Mac OS X System Preferences: Disable Bluetooth on the Mac. Reenable Bluetooth on the Mac
- Reenable Bluetooth on the Mac. Set Bluetooth to be discoverable
- Launch Type2Phone
- On iOS: Go to Settings > Bluetooth. Enable Bluetooth
- Tap the name of the Mac to start the pairing procedure
At worst, this convoluted procedure is needed only for initial pairing.
Future connections are initiated (automatically) from the Type2Phone application.
What's New in Version 2.3
- Compatibility fixes for iOS 7
- Adds the option to reconnect when brought to foreground
- Fixes a bug where accents could get sent twice
Such A Handy Utility!
If you find it frustrating to have to type on your iOS devices when you're sitting at your desk, then this utility is for you. It helps reduce friction in your workflow and makes it easier to shift context from your desktop to your mobile devices.
::: How I Use It :::
I've become spoiled by iMessage on my Mac and the ability to respond to texts from iOS devices using the Messages app. Unfortunately, standard text messages to non iOS devices are not supported, which means I often have to switch context and pick up my phone to respond. Sounds like a minor thing, but it can create friction in your day and Type2Phone removes that friction.
When I receive a text on my iPhone that is not from an iOS device, I fire up Type2Phone. Because it's already been paired with my phone, it quickly reconnects and I'm able to then respond to the message from my desktop keyboard. Once I've typed my response, I tap send on the phone and it's off. Couldn't be easier.
Initial connection was a bit frustrating, but afterwards, works like a dream :)
When initially connecting my Mac to my iPad mini, I had to attempt to connect, turn of this and that and restart each device repeatedly for maybe 10-20 minutes (frustrating) before it would finally work!
But after that hump, it worked flawlessly and exactly as I hoped it would. I am SO HAPPY with this app! I can switch seamlessly between typing on my Mac, typing into my iPad, and answering textmessages in my iPhone. Completely does away with the need for a separate bluetooth keyboard and is so convenient. It is 100% worth the 5 bucks!
Much better implementation than others
First, this is a great idea, but the other programs I've tried were problematic; you couldn't quit, or switch applications because it would just send those strokes indiscriminately to the device. So not only does this app work, but the interface and implementation is well thought out. For example, copy and paste, quit, and consumer keys (such as brightness up and down, skip forward and back, pause, mute, etc.) are available as menus, and can be assigned to shortcuts. So this becomes a controller too.
In version 2.3 they added a great feature: when type2phone is not focused, it "turns off" and you get the iphone keyboard back.