As more features are added to the Apple iPad and iPad Pro, making them nearly as capable as a full computer, many people use them as primary devices for getting work done, both while at home and on the road. However, typing on a touchscreen can be rather frustrating, so there are keyboards specifically designed for iPads that you can use to enhance your typing experience. Some of them come in folio cases, so you'll have to make sure it fits your specific iPad, while others are stand-alone keyboards, so you can use them as long as they have Bluetooth support.
We've tested over 180 keyboards, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPad. While these picks are specifically for use with iPads, we also have a list of picks for the best keyboards for Mac if you're looking for a keyboard to use in the larger Mac ecosystem. Or, if you just need a wireless option, check out the best wireless keyboards. Otherwise, there's always our best cheap keyboards recommendation if you're just looking for a basic, affordable option.
The Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 is the best keyboard for iPad we've tested. As its name suggests, it's Apple's flagship model for use with their 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. It uses Apple's Smart Connector technology to draw power directly from the iPad, meaning it isn't compatible with any other mobile device. The folio case attaches with a strong magnet on the back that holds your iPad in place. The keyboard part has a rubber exterior, so the whole unit stays firmly in place on desks or other hard surfaces. Plus, if you tend to sit with your iPad on your lap, like a laptop, the keyboard is very stable and doesn't flex or flop over easily.
However, if there is a downside to this keyboard, it's that the case doesn't wrap around the sides of the iPad and instead leaves them exposed. That said, if you're planning on traveling around a lot with your iPad, you might want the side protection offered by our next pick, the Logitech Combo Touch.
If you're looking for a folio keyboard that offers good protection for your iPad, the Logitech Combo Touch is a solid choice. It comes in size variants to fit 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models as well as 4th and 5th generation iPad Air models. It also uses Apple's Smart Connector for power, so you won't have to charge the keyboard as it'll draw power straight from the iPad. On the back of the case, there's a sturdy kickstand to prop your iPad up at a nice viewing angle.
The keycaps have a nice soft-touch coating on them to add some grip, which is helpful as the tile-like keycaps can be a bit slippery. There's also a trackpad for on-screen navigation, so you don't have to get fingerprints all over your screen. As a bonus, there's even a slot to hold an Apple Magic Pencil. Overall, this folio keyboard has a lot of nice touches, and thanks to all its size variants, it's the best keyboard for iPad Pro that we've tested.
Regardless of the generation of iPad you have, the ZAGG Pro Keys has it covered. This folio-style keyboard is compatible with 10.2-inch iPads, but they also make versions suitable for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air models. While the unit we tested doesn't have a trackpad, you can buy a version that does, which lets you use a trackpad rather than the touchscreen for on-screen control. Since it doesn't use Apple's Smart Connector, it's one of the best Bluetooth keyboards for iPad available on the market, thanks to its wireless versatility and multi-device pairing ability. You can pair it with up to two devices simultaneously, making it a great choice if you tend to use a laptop or another device alongside your iPad.
Inside the folio case, there's a slot to put your Apple Pencil, so you won't have to worry about losing it. If you sit with your iPad on your lap often, the iPad stays propped up even without the support of a table or desk beneath it. Impressively, it also has multi-color backlighting with seven different colors you can cycle through. All-in-all, it's a versatile keyboard with tons of different buying options to suit the currently available iPads.
If you're planning on using your iPad as part of a larger, multi-device setup, you may want a more permanent solution at your desk. The Logitech K780 is an excellent choice for a wireless, standalone keyboard to use with your iPad. Along the back, there's a tray with a grippy rubber coating to hold your devices. The tray runs the whole length of the keyboard, so you can easily hold an iPad and a smaller mobile device, and the tray provides a slight tilt so their screens stay at a nice, visible angle. It connects wirelessly with up to three devices using a Bluetooth connection, and you can switch between devices using the F1-F3 function keys. Since it uses two AA batteries for power with an advertised battery life of 24 months, you don't have to worry about charging cables or a frequently empty battery. The typing experience feels satisfying thanks to the well-spaced keys, rounded keycaps, and low-profile design.
Alternatively, if you don't want a full-size unit, as you plan on bringing your iPad around with you to cafes, libraries, or other tight working spaces, you should check out the Logitech K380. As a compact unit, it's much more portable, but it doesn't have a device tray or stand for your iPad, so you'll have to get a separate case for your iPad or get creative in how you prop it up.
Sep 12, 2022: Overhauled article to better reflect current market options and user expectations. Removed Notable Mentions that are not relevant.
Jun 09, 2022: Complete overhaul of the article to better align with user expectations.
Apr 05, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.
Feb 04, 2022: Replaced the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad with the ZAGG Pro Keys due to better value and performance. Added the Logitech Touch Combo to Notable Mentions.
Dec 07, 2021: Complete restructuring to reflect user needs; replaced the Logitech Slim Folio Pro with the Logitech Folio Touch because it has the Smart Connector and is easier to find; moved the Logitech K380 to 'Best Budget'; removed the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 and replaced it with the newer Apple Magic Keyboard 2021 and named it 'Best Portable Keyboard'; added the Logitech MX Keys Mini as 'Best Mobile with Multi-Device Pairing'; replaced the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 with the Keychron K7 because it's designed for office use; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for iPad Pro and iPads in general for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our iPad keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no product is perfect for every use, most keyboards are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. Be sure to know your key switch preferences before choosing.