Use your Mac to type on your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV
Type2Phone works just like a Bluetooth keyboard: no additional app is needed.
• Use your Mac's full-sized keyboard with your iPhone and iPad
• Paste passwords, addresses, etc. from your Mac to your mobile device
• Type texts, tweets, status updates, etc.
• Reply to emails on accounts configured only on your iOS device
• Control your Apple TV
• Use a single keyboard with all your Apple devices
4th generation Apple TV requires tvOS 9.2 to enable Bluetooth keyboard support.
• Connects automatically as you start typing
• Disconnects when idle or sent to the background (optional)
• Command-Tab in and out of Type2Phone
• Customizable keyboard shortcuts for all your devices
• Copy-paste text from Mac to iPhone, iPad or Apple TV
• AppleScript to automate text input
• Support for Mac OS X dictation (10.8 or later)
• Support for TextExpander on Mac
• Support for iOS Voice Over
## Get started in 3 easy steps:
• On your Mac, open System Preferences > Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on and discoverable. Leave System Presences open.
• Start Type2Phone. Leave it running and frontmost.
• On the iOS device, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Tap the name of your Mac to start the pairing procedure.
Please note: If your Mac and iOS device had been previously paired, you first need to undo the pairing on both ends. Have each device forget the other. Then go through the above procedure.
## Supported iOS keyboard layouts:
U.S American, Arabic, Australian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Canadian English, Canadian French, Czech, Czech QWERTY, Danish, Dutch, Dvorak, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese QWERTY, Norwegian, Polish, Polish Pro, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Serbian Latin, Slovak, Slovak QWERTY, Spanish ISO, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Thai, Turkish, Turkish QWERTZ
## Customer praises:
"Quite possibly the biggest time-saving productivity tool in my ecosystem"
5 stars by mediawolf, USA
"Muy buena app. Hace lo que dice. Es sencilla, práctica, en una palabra: Perfecto¡¡¡"
5 stars by Ruben2013, Spain
"Marche parfaitement, très utile pour taper de long SMS ou autres"
5 stars by Aalin, France
"Perfekte App. Macht genau das, was sie soll. "
5 stars by tomekiii, Germany
"I have been working with 2 bluetooth keyboards […] Now I only need one. Well done!"
5 stars by Big Voice, USA
"… my daughters are wondering how I can text back so much and so fast!"
5 stars by bt4jc, USA
Fixes a bug where Type2Phone failed to notice the initial connection from an iOS device
Ratings and Reviews
One of my favorite apps
This is awesome and very simple, basically it just turns your Mac into a bluetooth keyboard when you activate the app. Of course it's designed for iOS but I think it should work with any device that can use a BT keyboard. (I just did a quick test on my Fire TV and it works on there.) Once you set up the initial BT connection, this will easily and quickly disconnect and reconnect the keyboard whenever you launch the app and/or move it to/from the background. This also supports multiple devices - just select the one you want it connected to from a dropdown.
And for people that have issues with this app, remember it is JUST a BT keyboard. It can't do anything on your phone that a standalone keyboard couldn't do. Of course the advantage of this is that no app needs to be installed on the phone so it should work seamlessly no matter what version of iOS or what type of device you're using.
It's not just the ugly & clunky UI that I hate. This app FORCIBLY closes the keyboard on your phone whenever you connect. This creates an unbelievably bad user experience, because it causes problems with some apps (where the are where your text goes gets hidden too) and where you can't just pick up your phone and type if you want to.
It's also really bad if you switch languages, because you have to switch in this app AND in the keyboard on the phone. You can't do that if the keyboard is hidden. And why doesn't the app do that for you? If I switch to the Portuguese/Brazilian keyboard in the app, can't you at least give me the option of switching automatically to the same keyboard on the phone?
There are lots of little problems with this, but those above are the worst, and they bite me every time I use it.
Developer Response ,
Type2Phone connects as a Bluetooth keyboard to your iOS device. iPhone then hides the on-screen software keyboard to give your app more room. It does that for all Bluetooth keyboards. You cannot disable this iOS feature. Type2Phone however gives you menu item to reveal the software keyboard. Type2Phone also allows you to quickly disconnect from your phone - causing the software keyboard to re-appera - and automatically reconnects as you start typing.
Please ask the developers of problematic apps to support Bluetooth keyboards.
"Being a Bluetooth keyboard", Type2Phone cannot know the keyboard layouts you have configured on your phone. A keyboard cannot tell the phone: switch to Brazilian. With Type2Phone, switching layouts however is rarely necessary. It takes care of "translating" between layouts. You can have a Brazilian layout on your Mac and have Type2Phone use a Portuguese layout when talking to your iPhone.
Bought this solely because it was on sale some time ago. Tonight, I had cause to finally use it and it worked like a charm. Set up was easy (some issues with my Bluetooth, but unrelated to the app), and using it was as natural as can be. The display is just what you need: enough information about what you’re doing and what is being transmitted, but no useless bells and whistles.
Does what it says = 3-star
Does what it says well = 4-star
Goes beyond what it says to provide a great overall UE = 5-star
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.