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Unlock an iOS device with a Bluetooth keyboard iOS devices

When you lock your iPhone or iPad with a passcode, the general process for using your device is that you hit the sleep/wake button or the Home button, slide to unlock, and then tap in your passcode. But, as our old friend David Chartier pointed out at Finer Things, you can skip a step if you use an external Bluetooth keyboard.

Presuming your keyboard is already paired to the iOS device, you don't even need to touch the iPad or iPhone at all to unlock it. Press a key on your keyboard to wake the device up, and then typing in your passcode. The iOS device understands what you're trying to do, and jumps to the passcode entry screen automatically.

Once you finish typing in your code, your iOS device is unlocked and ready to go.

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Unlock an iOS device with a Bluetooth keyboard
Authored by: lar3ry on Aug 19, '13 10:40:50AM
I've been doing this for a while now. I thought it was general knowledge.

It does work differently on the iOS 7 betas, though. Bluetooth only wakes from sleep and brings you to password entry screen (as before), but it no longer brings up the password entry screen from the lock screen if the device isn't locked. (I don't think that's covered by NDA, but if it is, forget you heard it from me...!)

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Unlock an iOS device with a Bluetooth keyboard
Authored by: Dave1439 on Aug 20, '13 05:26:48AM

Nice to see at least some useful uses for the BlueTooth keyboard, but does anyone know yet how to "Send" an SMS or iMessage with it?



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Unlock an iOS device with a Bluetooth keyboard
Authored by: chrischram on Aug 20, '13 11:18:24AM

Maybe this is a "Duh" comment, but this hint works even if the iOS device is NOT passcoded. Tapping any key of the bluetooth keyboard brings the screen to life.



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stupid "answer a question" system
Authored by: j-beda on Aug 26, '13 08:56:36PM

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If you are going to have this shitty system, at least don't make me page up to answer the stupid questions - bring them right to my on the first link and have me jump to the comments after I've given you the data.

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