Unlock an iOS device directly from an external keyboard

Did you know that you can unlock an iOS device using an external keyboard, without ever having to touch the screen or hardware buttons on the device itself? There really isn’t a whole lot to this, the only requirement is that you have an external keyboard in use with an iOS device that has the lock screen enabled, be it an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Then all you need to do is hit any key on the external keyboard to summon the lock screen and enter the passcode – no touching, tapping, or swiping of the screen is required, and you don’t need to wake up the iOS device by pressing any of its hardware buttons either.

iPad lock screen with a complex passcode

If you don’t have any screen passcode set, the device will immediately unlock and jump to the home screen of app icons instead.

This is a great trick to use in addition to the keyboard navigation shortcuts for those who use external keyboards with the iPad, be it a complete keyboard case or just a generic Bluetooth keyboard that has been synced for use with the device. Not only is it more convenient to just tap a button on the keyboard to unlock the device, but it’s also much faster for typing in the more secure complex passcodes, which are a notorious pain to type out through the different layers of the on-screen touch keyboard.

I’ve been using an external keyboard with the iPad for a long time and somehow never knew this, so here’s a big thanks to both FinerThings and MacWorld for the handy little tip. [image]

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