Can You Connect a Keyboard to a Laptop? (Yes! We show you)

Do you want to know how to connect a wireless keyboard to a laptop? 

Perhaps you’re wondering how to connect a UBOTIE keyboard or how to connect a Bluetooth keyboard to a laptop?

If so, then you’ve found the right article for you!

Join us, as we dive into all the steps needed to connect your wired, wireless, or Bluetooth keyboard to a laptop, as well as how you can connect it to a tablet!

Can You Connect a Keyboard to a Laptop?

In short, the answer is yes!

If you have an external keyboard, you can definitely connect it to your laptop – whether it’s a wired, wireless, or Bluetooth keyboard.

Can You Connect a Keyboard to a Tablet?

This may be surprising, but you can actually connect a keyboard to a tablet as well!

However, if you don’t want to buy any additional equipment, you’ll be limited to Bluetooth keyboards.

If you’re willing to purchase a USB adapter, you can connect wired and wireless keyboards as well.

How Do You Connect a Keyboard to a Laptop?

Now that you know you can connect a keyboard to a laptop, let’s dive into how you can do it!

There are two main ways to connect an external keyboard to a laptop: Bluetooth, or a USB receiver.

How Do You Connect a Keyboard to a Laptop Using Bluetooth?

The way to connect a keyboard to a laptop with Bluetooth depends on whether your laptop runs Windows OS or Mac OS.

Windows OS

To connect your Bluetooth keyboard to a Windows OS laptop, you can follow these steps:

  • Turn on your Bluetooth keyboard and set it to pairing mode.
  • Click on the Start Menu icon.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Devices.
  • Select Bluetooth & Other Devices.
  • Turn on the Bluetooth setting by clicking on the switch beneath it.
  • Once it’s on, select Add Bluetooth or Other Devices.
  • If you’re asked, select Bluetooth from the options.
  • Once your laptop is done scanning for Bluetooth devices, choose your keyboard.
  • Click on Pair. Depending on your laptop, you may need to type in a PIN to connect.

Apple

To connect your Bluetooth keyboard to a Mac OS, you can follow these steps:

  • Turn on your Bluetooth keyboard and set it to pairing mode.
  • Click on the Apple Menu.
  • Go to System Preferences.
  • Navigate to the Bluetooth settings.
  • You should see your keyboard as an option. Click on it to pair.

How Do You Connect a Keyboard to a Laptop Using a USB Receiver?

If your keyboard has a wireless option (or doesn’t have Bluetooth at all), it should come with a USB receiver.

To connect a wireless keyboard to a laptop using a USB receiver, you can follow these steps:

  • Turn your keyboard on.
  • Depending on your model, you may need to press a Connect button to set it up for pairing.
  • Plug the USB receiver into your laptop.
  • Your laptop should automatically install the software that’s needed to connect your keyboard. If not, look at the instructions that came with your device.
  • Once the software is installed, you should now be able to use your keyboard!

The steps are similar if your keyboard uses a USB wire. You can simply plug it in and wait for the software to install.

How Do You Connect a Keyboard to a Tablet?

You may sometimes want to use your keyboard with a tablet or another mobile device. This is especially handy when you’re traveling.

Like with laptops, you can connect a keyboard to a tablet using either Bluetooth or USB.

How Do You Connect a Keyboard to a Tablet Using Bluetooth?

To connect a Bluetooth keyboard to a tablet, you can follow these steps:

  • Turn your keyboard on and set it to pairing mode.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Navigate to Bluetooth and turn it on.
  • Your tablet should scan for devices and find your keyboard.
  • Once you see your keyboard in the options, click on it and pair.
  • If you’re prompted, you may need to type in a code to finish connecting.

How Do You Connect a Keyboard to a Tablet Using a USB Receiver?

Connecting to a tablet with a USB receiver is a bit more tricky than Bluetooth due to the different ports tablets have.

But no matter what, you’ll need an adapter so you can plug in the USB receiver.

If you have a USB-C port on your tablet, you’ll need a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

If you have a micro USB port on your tablet, you’ll need a micro USB to USB-A adapter.

If you have a Lightning port on your tablet, you’ll need a Lightning to USB-A adapter.

To connect a wireless keyboard to a tablet using a USB receiver, you can follow these steps:

  • Get the appropriate adapter.
  • Plug it into your tablet.
  • Plug the USB receiver into the other end.
  • Your device may need to install the accompanying software.
  • Once it’s installed, turn on your wireless keyboard and set it to pairing mode.

You should now be able to use your keyboard!

And if you have a USB wired keyboard, you should be able to connect it similarly using an adapter.

Conclusion

You can connect a keyboard to a laptop, whether it’s wired, wireless, or Bluetooth.

You can also connect a keyboard to a tablet, although you’ll need adapters for wired or wireless keyboards.

To connect a keyboard to a laptop using Bluetooth: set your keyboard to pairing mode, turn on your device’s Bluetooth, and select your keyboard.

To connect a keyboard to a laptop using a USB receiver or wire: turn your keyboard on, plug the USB into your laptop, and allow the software to install.

To connect a keyboard to a tablet or another mobile device using Bluetooth: set your keyboard to pairing mode, turn on your device’s Bluetooth, and select your keyboard.

To connect a keyboard to a tablet using a USB receiver or wire: get the appropriate USB adapter, use it to connect your device and the USB, and turn on your keyboard.