A Bluetooth keyboard comes in very handy when you work from your iPad or iPhone! All those documents you want to type or edit, all those emails you need send – everything becomes so simple and easy with a Bluetooth keyboard in hand. But for those moments when you do not have one, or if you are considering buying one, you’ll first need to check out this tiny utility which lets you use your Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad or iPhone.
It’s called the Type2Phone and it’s available on the Mac App Store.
Put simply, it tricks your iPhone or iPad into thinking that the Mac that’s connected via Bluetooth is actually a Bluetooth keyboard. So whatever you type on the Mac gets automatically typed out on your iPhone or iPad. That’s how you use a Mac as a Bluetooth keyboard for iPhone, iPad with Type2Phone.
First off, it’s going to cost you far less than a real Bluetooth keyboard. At about $5 on the App Store, the app is really cost-effective solution.
Secondly, it’s not often that you need the Bluetooth keyboard unless you work totally from the iPad. Typing gets a bit tougher when you do that for a long time on the iPad or iPhone. If you use a Bluetooth keyboard that often, it still makes sense connecting the Mac and using it as a Bluetooth keyboard instead.
The app is simple and easy to use. Once you download the app and install it, you just have to pair your iPhone / iPad to your Mac via Bluetooth. Run the app from your Mac and then pair the
Mac to your iOS device through:
Settings -> General -> Bluetooth -> your Mac device.
Once the devices get paired, you just need to type with the Type2Phone app open. Whatever you type automatically shows up on iPhone / iPad. The app also works with Android devices!
One great thing about the app is that it’s slick and super fast. There’s no need for that battery (for a traditional Bluetooth keyboard), or extra space either! All that there is, is your Mac keyboard!
Type2Phone is available to download on Mac App Store for $4.99.