Support for KeyPad

June 23 2020 – BUG: New devices are not being added to the devices menu in version 1.10. Workaround, They will appear if you quit KeyPad and relaunch it. They are added correctly to the Toolbar Menu. This will be fixed in the next release.

June 06 2020 – U.K. English support – I believe it is supported completely by KeyPad. Actually it is not KeyPad but the Phone’s keyboard layouts that need to be changed. Read more.

Installing and using KeyPad

Use your mac as a keyboard for your phone

Using KeyPad

You can connect to as many devices as you like. All your TVs, Phones, tablet… there is no limitation.

We recommend creating a hotkey for each of your devices, it can be setup in the Preferences screen. You can also launch KeyPad by selecting the device you want to connect to in the toolbar menu.

Most keys that you type on the computer will be sent to the connected device. There are keystrokes like Command – Tab which are defined for the Mac and will not go to the device. While it is technically possible to achieve that, the potential problems outweigh the benefit.

KeyPad supports Media Keys. But not all devices support those keys. While most of the keys work on the iPhone, they dont always work on other devices like TVs, Apple TV, etc. KeyPad does not have a way to detect what the device you have connected to. We provide a generic set of keys. Please try them out on your devices.

We find that there are some devices that don’t connect (like Play Station 4, or LG TV), and connect intermittently (2012 TVs, and Play Station 3). Do let us know if a device works or does not.

Whats New

1.06 – Minor bug fixes, added ability to move keypad window.

1.05 – Added Mouse Support, added Function-Tab to replace Command-Tab on iPad.

1.00 – Added support for holding connection for non-smartphone devices. Also added In-App Purchase for setting up more than one device.

0.95 – Add support for configurable hotkeys. Manage multiple devices.

0.92 – Alpha release – Add support for Multiple devices

0.91 – Added support to paste from mac clipboard to connected device

0.90 – Added support for media keys like play/pause, volume, home etc.

0.82 – Improved TV support, cleaned up documentation for MacOS 10.15.3, Mojave and HighSierra Bug

Frequently asked questions

I can’t use enter key to send message in Whatsapp!

This can happen on Android Phones and is a feature of whatsapp. To enable enter key to send a message:

  1. Go to Whatsapp settings
  2. Select Chats
  3. There is a setting for “Enter to send” turn it on

Can I connect to multiple devices?

Yes, KeyPad 0.92 upwords supports multiple devices.

Can I change the HotKey for launching KeyPad?

We are working on this. This will definitely be in version 1.0, which is targeting the Middle of June 2020.

At present the hotkey is Command – Option P, and it works only for the first device you setup.

When I try to launch KeyPad I see a Flash and nothing happens

Usually this will happen if the KeyPad setup is incomplete. Note that it takes up to 15-20 seconds to complete setup. Setup is complete only when the KeyPad screen pops up at the last step of the connection.

This issue happens when the Mac has lost the bluetooth connection between the Mac and the connected Phone/TV/Tablet. The best way to get around this is to reconnect the device to KeyPad. We don’t have a clear fix on this issue yet. Would you like to help us debug?

Can I use the volume key to take a photograph?

With 0.90 upwards you can. Thank you to our user who asked for this feature. It was the reason we added Media keyboard support.

Bugs and Known Issues

KeyPad does not work with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV) on MacOS Catalina (10.15.3) and High Sierra (10.13.6), this is because of a bug in MacOS. Read my blog post for more details. It continues to work with Android phones, TVs, and even Windows and MacOS desktops.

This bug has been fixed in MacOS 10.15.4, 10.15.5, and Mojave(10.14.6 Security Update 2020-003) This has not been fixed in High Sierra, completely breaking app support. Please help me push apple to fix this.

June 5 2020 – KeyPad not working correctly for UK English. Not a bug, please see blog post on Internationalization.

June 4 2020 – Windows 10 loses connection after first connect, and does not reconnect thereafter. Not scheduled work on this.

May 31 2020 – If you connect to a windows machine, it keeps popping up the KeyPad window – Fix is in version 1.xx, may not work well because of other issues with Windows 10.

May 30 2020 – Keypad does not work with the NVidia SHEILD TV – Need somebody who will be willing to help me debug.

May 20 2020 – BUG – Keypad shows an extra blank entry in menu bar, next to keypad icon – Fixed in version 1.xx

April 6 2020 – Keypad does not work with Sony Playstation 4 – Studying issue. Pending for future review.

April 4 2020 – Keypad works with Playstation 3, but only if the connection is initiated from the Playstation 3 – Pending for future review.

Complaints, Features, Issues and Feedback

Do send us feedback on the application. Let us know what you would like to see in it. If something works well for you, do tell us that too.

Help us improve keypad by supporting more languages

I would like help in translating keypad to as many supported languages. I need your help in translating our app. I don’t want to do a Google Translate copy paste and would like your help.

Please help me with translations so that I can update the app.

If you are having issues, please do send me feedback if your device is not working, so that I am able to focus my energy on solving issues that people are facing.