Like any peripheral, your Apple Magic Keyboard needs a reset now and again. You might be experiencing some technical issues which, when the keyboard is reset, can solve many problems. Or perhaps you’re falling back on another Magic Keyboard you had stored away. They often remember the last computer they were connected to and connecting to a new Mac requires a reset.
Either way, resetting your Magic Keyboard is as easy as pressing a few buttons or clicking the mouse a few times.
How to Reset NVRAM or PRAM
The first step you should take is resetting your NVRAM or PRAM. When you reset one, you reset the other. The NVRAM, otherwise known as Nonvolatile Random-Access Memory, stores memory that relates to your Apple’s settings. This allows the computer to access certain functions more quickly by having specific data at the ready, rather than searching for it every single time.
It’s possible that your NVRAM or PRAM needs to be reset rather than your keyboard itself. If you’re having problems, dumping your NVRAM and PRAM could fix any underlying issues.
To reset your NVRAM and PRAM, press Option + Command + P + R. That’s it—that’s all you have to do.
How to Reset Magic Keyboard
After you’ve tried resetting your NVRAM and PRAM, and nothing came of it, then you should move forward with resetting your Magic Keyboard. First, check that your keyboard is actually turned on. Press and hold the Power button until the LED turns green, then quickly let go.
All good? Now let’s get into resetting it.
1. Now, press and hold SHIFT + Option and then click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu tray. On some keyboards, you have to press and hold ALT + Option instead. In doing so, the Bluetooth window will open.
2. After the Bluetooth window opens, you can let go of the keys. In the Bluetooth menu there’s an option called “Debug.” Select it.
3. In the Debug menu, choose Remove All Devices.
4. Reboot your Apple computer and setup your keyboard and mouse as you normally would.
How to Connect Wired Magic Keyboard
The Magic Keyboard comes in all shapes and sizes; some have a keypad, others don’t. But the wired Apple Magic Keyboards are really simple to connect and require very little oversight.
To connect a wired Apple Magic Keyboard, all you have to do is simply plug the Lightning cable into the keyboard and then plug the larger USB end into your Apple computer’s USB port. And that’s all there is to it!
On a side note, if you disconnect the Lightning cable from the keyboard, it will continue to work regardless. You can make any changes in the Bluetooth menu.
How to Connect Older Wireless Keyboards
If you have yourself an older wireless keyboard, you’re in luck because it doesn’t need the Lightning cable to connect. You can do it through Bluetooth, however, the Lightning cable and or USB-C cable will be needed to charge the keyboard when the time comes.
1. The first step is to turn the keyboard on. The power button can be located in various locations such as the back of the keyboard or in the top left or top right corner. When the LED starts blinking, that means it’s ready to pair.
3. Open the Apple menu. When the drop down menu is revealed, choose System Preferences.
4. In your System Preferences window, double-click on Bluetooth. This will launch your Bluetooth settings window.
5. On the right-hand side, wait for the keyboard to appear. When it does, click Pair.
6. Double-check that your wireless Apple Magic keyboard is connected by typing in a program like TextEdit. Additionally, you can make any changes now while you’re in the Bluetooth window. Also, the device’s charge can be viewed from the Bluetooth settings.
As you can see, whether it’s an older wireless Apple keyboard or a sleek, brand new Magic Keyboard, it’s easy to reset and reconnect. Not only is it easy to do, but you would follow similar steps if you’re connecting other devices such as Apple’s Trackpad or an Apple Magic Mouse.