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My apple wireless keyboard has stopped pairing with Windows 10. Now when I try to pair through settings, I'm asked to enter a passcode for the keyboard rather than being supplied a passcode to pair the device. I'm unable to type anything using the keyboard. Entering four zeros using the laptop keyboard does not work. I've tried un-installing bluetooth drivers and reinstalling. This doesn't help. Any advice?

  • Have you tried reinstalling the Boot Camp drivers? – At0mic Feb 15 '16 at 13:07
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    Windows 10 is installed on my PC not a Mac – user171341 Feb 16 '16 at 9:40
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After trying 15 times in vain, here is the method that worked for me (source)

  1. Go to "Add Bluetooth or other device"
  2. Find the wireless keyboard and double click on it.
  3. When prompted for a pin, enter anything on the screen, I used "123123". I dont know what else will work.
  4. NOW IS THE IMPORTANT PART.
  5. HIT 'Connect' on your screen and IMMEDIATELY enter '123123' + ENTER/RETURN on the wireless apple keyboard, and you should be paired.
  6. If you have issues, turn off Bluetooth and restart the wireless keyboard and repeat the process.
  • As ridiculous as the answer sounds it works in some cases ~ at least in mine. I was in limbo, and was prompted for a PIN without seeing what it was. I read about using 1234 and I tried it but it never worked. The steps here are a touch unbelievable however I followed them, instead used 1234. After a few times getting the timing correct, it worked. Good job persevering and sharing to those of us who are stuck. – Eat at Joes Dec 2 '18 at 21:11
  • Yep, this worked for me. – Andrew Alexander Mar 4 at 4:10
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  • In Windows 10's bluetooth settings (can be found in system tray), click on the icon and then click "Add Bluetooth Device".
  • Then, on the Apple Wireless Keyboard, turm it on and hold down Command + W, while Windows is searching for bluetooth devices.
  • Then after it finds your Keyboard, it will want to pair with it. Follow the on screen prompts and eventually you will have to type in a pairing code.Type in this code and hit Return.

Your Keyboard should successfully pair with Windows 10 via the Mac's Bluetooth

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I know this thread is old but this worked for me... currently typing on my (1st-gen) Apple Wireless Keyboard, Lenovo X1 Tablet (3rd-gen - "Clamshell" mode), Windows 10 Pro 1809:

1 - I'm sure you can use Bluetooth in the Settings app, but I used Control Panel. I searched for "bluetooth" and clicked "Add a Bluetooth device" under "Devices and Printers."

2 - I powered the Apple Wireless Keyboard OFF (if already off then proceed..)

3 - I held down the power button on the keyboard until the green LED came on AND started flashing... KEEP HOLDING THROUGHOUT PAIRING PROCESS!

4 - The pairing code FINALLY came up, and I was able to type in the code/hit enter (while still holding the power button on the keyboard).

5 - I let off of the power button upon pairing finalized, the computer installed drivers, and I typed this response!

Thanks and good luck,

Your friendly neighborhood Brando

  • Nice one! While adding the keyboard from control panel, it actually showed up a button called "try inputting code from keyboard", which then gave me a code to input on the keyboard again. – mbo42 Jun 12 at 5:26
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Just had this problem as well. I fixed it by going to bluetooth settings in control panel instead of action center.

  1. Press the windows key on your old keyboard and type in "Control Panel"
  2. In the searchbar type in bluetooth
  3. Select "add a bluetooth device"
  4. Make sure your keyboard is turned on and in pairing mode (flashing green light)
  5. Then select it and type in the passcode listed on the screen using your new keyboard, and press enter. Note: the screen doesn't give information about what key was already typed, so this may take a few tries if your press the wrong key.
  • One step left out. Press the link below the form field to reveal the passcode. – Davr Jun 8 '18 at 13:16
  • This did not work for me. I am pressing the pin but the "press connect if the PIN on Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad matches this one" I am pressing the pin on the keyboard but it is not working at all – rsc05 Jun 23 '18 at 9:20
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How to pair an Apple wireless keyboard on Windows 10:

  1. Go into your Bluetooth settings, scroll down and click on "Devices and printers" under the "Related settings" header

  2. Click on "add a device" at this stage make sure the keyboard is in pairing mode (the green light on the keyboard should be flashing"

  3. When Windows finds your keyboard, double click on it

  4. It will ask you for a pin but if you don't already have one under the box where the pin goes click "Try entering passcode on it" (Windows will then generate a passcode for you)

  5. Then type the passcode out using your Apple Wireless keyboard and press Enter

  6. Your keyboard should be all set up

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