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 while traveling. However, typing on a touchscreen can be rather frustrating. We've tested some of the most popular wireless Bluetooth keyboards available for the iPad and iPad Pro, and we can help you find one that suits your needs so you can stay productive no matter where you are.
We've tested over 130 keyboards, and here are our recommendations for the best keyboards for iPad. See our picks for the best keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best wireless keyboards.
The best keyboard for iPad Pro that we've tested is the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021. It's only designed for use with the iPad Pro and comes in two sizes. There are 11 and 12.9 inch variants available, and the 11 inch model we tested also works with the fourth-generation iPad Air.
This keyboard is very well-built and comes with a back cover for the iPad, which is meant to give extra protection to the iPad. It's designed to look like the keyboard on a MacBook and even comes with a trackpad, but it doesn't have any media keys. It connects directly to the iPad using the Smart Connector, and there's a USB-C port on the side of the keyboard so that you can charge your iPad. It also has white backlighting, which is great if you need to work in a dark environment.
Unfortunately, it's not versatile because it only works with the iPad and can't connect to any other device like your iPhone. It doesn't have any customization either as you can't reprogram any keys, but you can remap the location of some function keys. If you're only going to use it with your iPad Pro, this is the best keyboard we've tested.
If you need something cheaper, then check out the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. Since it's not a dedicated Apple product, you can't use the Smart Connector like the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021. On the plus side, the Logitech is more versatile because it connects over Bluetooth, so you can use it with different devices if you want. It doesn't have a trackpad, but it has dedicated media keys, making it easy to skip through your music while working. Typing on it feels mediocre because the keys have a low profile, which may not be for everyone, but the typing remains light, and you shouldn't feel too much fatigue.
If you want the best keyboard for iPad Pro, you can't go wrong with the Apple keyboard, but if you prefer something cheaper that's more versatile, then look into the Logitech.
The best keyboard for iPad that we've tested is the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad. As the name suggests, it's meant for the seventh or eighth-generation iPad models, which are both 10.2 inches in size. Although not an Apple product, it looks like a MacBook Air keyboard, and combined with your iPad, it should make a nice setup.
It connects to your iPad using a Bluetooth connection, and it has a built-in rechargeable battery. It has white backlighting, but the keys aren't individually lit. It uses low-profile rubber dome switches are light to use and provide decent typing as there's enough space between the keys to help reduce the number of typos. Since it has Bluetooth support, it works with any device, but some keys may not work on iOS or macOS. It's very well-built with a solid aluminum frame, so it shouldn't break in your bag.
Unfortunately, it doesn't provide much protection for the back of the iPad because it doesn't have a cover or folio case. It doesn't have a wrist rest, but there's a small area between the keys and the edge of the keyboard to place your wrists if you want. Overall, it's the best keyboard for iPad that we've tested.
If you need the best Bluetooth keyboard for iPad to bring with you on the go, then the Logitech K380 is a great choice. It's a simple, compact keyboard that's light and doesn't take up much space in a bag. Although it's entirely plastic, it's still well-built, and it shouldn't break while you carry it around with you.
It connects to any device via Bluetooth, so you can easily connect it with your iPad. Every key works on it, but the Logitech Options software isn't available, so you can't reprogram a few of the function keys. It has a multi-device pairing feature with up to three devices, and switching between each is done with the press of a button. It's a low-profile keyboard with good typing quality, and you shouldn't feel much fatigue during long typing sessions.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any backlighting, so it may be hard to see the keys in a dark environment. Since it's a compact keyboard, it doesn't have a Numpad or a home cluster, but you still get function keys with media hotkeys, making it easy to play your favorite music. Overall, it's one of the best keyboards for iPad.
If you prefer something with better build quality, then check out the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. You can't connect with multiple devices at once like the Logitech K380, but it has a solid aluminum frame that doesn't bend at all, and its build quality is exceptional. It has the same compact layout as the Logitech with small arrow keys and a function row with media hotkeys, and despite its small size, typing quality is great. As it's an Apple keyboard, all keys work on iPadOS. Once again, it lacks backlighting, so it's not ideal for use in a dark environment.
If you're in the market for the best iPad keyboard to bring with you on the go, the Logitech has multi-device pairing, and it's cheap. If you don't mind spending a bit more for a solid option, look into the Apple.
The best keyboard for iPad with mechanical switches that we've tested is the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. This compact 60% keyboard can pair with up to four devices via Bluetooth, including the most common operating systems, including Android, iOS, and iPadOS. Thanks to its small size, it shouldn't take up much space on your desk.
While its frame is plastic, it feels very solid and well-built, and the keycaps are PBT plastic, which should be more resistant to oil shine. The tactile Gateron Brown switches on our unit feel light to type on, but they feel a bit mushier than other Brown switches and have a fair amount of pre-travel distance. However, if you prefer a different feel, it's also available with a variety of Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh switches.
Unfortunately, the keyboard is quite thick, meaning that it may take up some space in a laptop bag. Also, it offers no incline settings or wrist rest, which may not feel comfortable for everyone. It doesn't have any media keys, Numpad, or arrow keys; on the bright side, all of its keys are macro-programmable. Overall, this is a very good option if you're looking for a mechanical keyboard to use with your iPad.
Oct 08, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Logitech Keys-To-Go, and Keychron K6 to Notable Mentions.
Aug 10, 2021: Added the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro as 'Best For iPad Pro' and moved the Logitech Slim Folio Pro to 'Cheaper Alternative'; made the Brydge 10.2 Keyboard for Apple iPad as 'Best For iPad'.
Jun 11, 2021: Updated text for clarity and changed the order of the picks; added the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 to Notable Mentions.
Apr 13, 2021: Verified that picks were still available.
Feb 12, 2021: The Keychron K3 would be a great pick for 'Best Mechanical Keyboard for iPad'. However, it's currently only available for pre-order on the manufacturer's website, so we added it to Notable Mentions until it becomes easier to find and buy.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for Apple iPads 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.