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Pair any Bluetooth keyboard to a webOS device [webOS 2.x & 3.x]

by Adam Marks Fri, 13 Jul 2012 5:55 pm EDT

This tip is only for devices running webOS 2.0 and higher

Connect Bluetooth keyboardThe ability to pair a Bluetooth keyboard to a webOS device was originally absent from the feature set of webOS 1.x, but was thankfully added in with the release of the Pre2 and webOS 2.0 and has continued into webOS 3.0 on the TouchPad. If you have the official  HP Wireless keyboard that was released alongside the Touchpad, pairing it with the TouchPad is incredibly easy and will take only a matter of seconds to complete. While you can pair that keyboard with a webOS phone, you can also connect any other Bluetooth keyboard with a webOS phone or the Touchpad with just a few extra steps.

First you need to make sure that the keyboard is not actively connected to another device. If it is, you will need to disconnect it before proceeding. We actually suggest unpairing it from that other device or turning Bluetooth off altogether to ensure that there is no conflict during the pairing process. Also, be aware that once you pair the keyboard to your webOS device, it will actually unpair it from the original device it was connected to, as the keyboard can only be paired with one device at a time

To pair a keyboard with a webOS device:

  1. Open up the Bluetooth app on your webOS device and make sure Bluetooth is turned on
  2. Tap the "+ Add device" button and then choose "Keyboard" for Type
  3. Turn the Bluetooth keyboard off and then back on again. Most keyboards are only able to be paired for a short period of time after it gets turned on, such as 30 or 60 seconds.
  4. After a few seconds, the keyboard should show up under the "FOUND DEVICES" section. Tap it
  5. A pop-up should appear asking for a passcode. Type in any number of your choosing, even if it's just a single digit (e.g. 0) and press "Next"
  6. Then, on the Bluetooth keyboard, type in that same number and press "Return" or "Enter"
  7. The keyboard should now be paired with the device

Depending on your keyboard, some keys may not work at all or may not function as expected. For example, on webOS phones, the "Symbol" key actually acts like the Option (silver) key on the keyboard, while the "Control" key acts as the Sym key. However, other keys may perform actions that you wouldn't expect, such as the Notification Key ( Just Type key ) on the official HP Wireless keyboard which will perform the equivalent of the back-swipe on webOS phones.


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