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How to UNpair keyboard without original computer

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  • jakunst Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to agonzales)

    I followed all the tips here and couldn't get it to work. I remembered I had paired this device to my ipad a LONG time ago and even though the keyboard didnt have batteries installed for a LONG time it was still paired. Finally after unpairing in the ipad it started blinking and then I was able to pair with my MBP, man that was crazy...

  • Jlust87 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 2:59 PM (in response to agonzales)

    My wireless keyboard just randomly stopped working. Here's what I did to get it back working:

    1. Take out batteries, put back in

    2. While holding down on button on keyboard, open keyboard under system settings & connect.

       NOTE: do not stop holding down keyboard on button until keyboard shows connected

    3. Keyboard should connect & ask you to type in pass code and enter. Do this, making sure to still hold down keyboard "on".

    4. Screen on Mac will say connected

     

    Hope this helps....cheers!

  • carloes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 6:34 AM (in response to DaveakaJett)

    The holding down the power button until connected worked for me!  Thanks very very much!

  • goldgg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 5:52 PM (in response to mepster2)

    I had the exact same problem. I couldn't pair my MacBook Air with my wireless keyboard all of a sudden.  It had powrked fine for months.  Turns out one of my kids brought the iPad that I had previously used with the keyboard into my room and it was preventing my keyboard from pairing with the MacBook Air.  As soon as I turned off the iPad and powered the keyboard down and back up, it worked like a champ.  A hard reset button on the keyboard to drop previously paired settings would be a great idea! 

  • Colin Holgate Level 5 Level 5 (4,320 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 5:56 PM (in response to goldgg)

    Holding down the keyboard power button until the LED starts to flash has the effect of unpairing it. If you hold the button down and it doesn't flash, but just goes off, that was you turning it off. Just repeat the holding down again, then it should flash, and you can then select it on your Mac.

  • ison81 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 21, 2013 12:43 AM (in response to DaveakaJett)

    This works! Great!

  • Mipmap2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Something similar to nando's solution worked for me to get a mini aluminum keyboard connected to an iMac 2011:

     

     

    Long story short, to reset a wireless apple keyboard, the trick might be to get away from any bluetooth signals, and then hold the power button down until it goes into discoverable mode.

     

    Here is what I did :

     

    1. Remove the batteries
    2. Put them back (but do not power on the keyboard yet)
    3. Walk to middle of backyard
    4. Power on keyboard

     

    I immediately noticed something different: I was getting a different blinking pattern to the green light.  Before it was a slow, single blink - now it was two short blinks in succession followed by a longer period off.  When I walked the keyboard back to the iMac, it was waiting for me to enter a passcode.

     

    Hope this helps someone else.

  • rcancill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 6:14 AM (in response to Jlust87)

    Holding the power button durining the pairing process worked for me.  The keyboard would not otherwise go into pairing mode.

  • sickboy87 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 30, 2013 4:48 AM (in response to avbell)

    good job dude this saved me from breaking the keyboard in many little pieces

  • kaleighreyes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 8, 2013 9:49 AM (in response to agonzales)

    I held down Command and Power, which seemingly forced it into pairing mode.  Worked like a charm.  In my experience, when in doubt, try Command.

     

    Hope this helps.

  • kristinefromwheat ridge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 27, 2013 6:19 PM (in response to Mad-Fragger)

    Thank you!!!  How FRUSTRATING.  Now, it's all fixed thanks to you

  • Bob321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 5:36 PM (in response to agonzales)

    Thanks mepster 2 yours is the perfect non-technical solution to an Apple short coming for a technical problem - no reset button that I have ever heard.

  • netsoup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 5:56 PM (in response to Bob321)

    Same here!  My problem was that even holding the button down, it would not quit connecting with another apple device i had paired with a while ago.  It just ignored my holding down the button until I found out what it was synching with and turned bt off.

    I think holding down the reset button only pairs if you don't already have it paired with a device close by, in which case it will ignore your reset and pairing attempts until you turn that other device off.  Real complicated for only having one simple button seemingly!

    When I hold down the one button it has, I really expect it to "re-pair" like other devices do and synch with what I am currently asking it to.  I didn't need to "unpair" it, there just is no manual button to "re-pair" it until you turn off your old device or find out what it is pairing or attempting to pair with, and get it out of range I think.

  • netsoup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That didn't work for me.  Just holding down the button until it flashed still had issues because it kept preferring another device I had paired with a long time ago.  I had to turn off bluetooth on all other devices, like many here.  Just holding the button down until it flashed was just an endless loop of frustration until I turned off other bluetooth devices closeby.  I know the difference between holding it down until it flashes, to pair, or holding it down until it turns off, as I did it enough times.

  • i-Dave Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this kaleighreyes - the Command key did it for me in the end.

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