In our office, we have a whole bunch of Magic Keyboards, and for various reasons too complex to go into here we have a habit of moving them around and connecting them to different Macbooks. As soon as they are connecting with a Lightning cable, they will typically auto-pair with the machine via Bluetooth, meaning that even once the cable is removed, they continue to be connected. It's both annoying (and potentially even a minor security risk) for someone else to have access via a keyboard they just pick up.

We can't return the Magic Keyboards; is there a way to either disable their Bluetooth behaviour or prevent the machine from auto-pairing, so they only work over USB?

  • Have you tried resetting keyboard when you are finished? Resetting to factory settings may do what you want.
    – Natsfan
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 17:49
  • Have you tried this answer from a similar question on superuser from 2014? Various answers/comments there to work through, but that particular one had a "this is the only one that worked for me" endorsement.
    – woolfie
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 17:07

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No. (Not that we’ve found)

These devices are designed to pair like rabbits. Rapidly, without delay and as often as possible.

People prank each other at our work as well by taking a keyboard and plugging it into all the iMac down the row. (Or shuffling up the mice)

The best you can do is set a name for each keyboard and laugh when a charge turns into a pairing event.


Could this work for you?:

Settings > Bluetooth > Advanced > Uncheck relevant boxes

This should stop auto-pairing to the Bluetooth devices upon starting, and if you want to disconnect, just restart the Mac.

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