How to Charge a Magic Keyboard

And how to check the battery on your Magic keyboard

What to Know

  • Use the bundled cable to charge the Magic Keyboard.
  • Check the battery life remaining on your Mac or PC by checking your Bluetooth devices.
  • The Magic Keyboard should last about a month between charges.

This article teaches you how to charge a Magic Keyboard and explains how long the battery lasts and how to check how much battery is remaining. 

Does Apple Magic Keyboard Come With a Charger?

Yes, the Apple Magic Keyboard comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable for charging purposes. It's possible to use it while it's plugged in and charging, or you can go wirelessly once there's sufficient charge.  

Depending on your setup, you may need a separate adaptor to connect the USB cable to your computer.

Does Magic Keyboard Need to Charge?

Yes, but not often. When your Magic Keyboard arrives, it should come with a certain amount of charged battery power already. Its internal battery can power your keyboard for about a month or more between charges depending on how frequently you use it. Due to its power-saving modes, you don't have to switch it off regularly. 

How Do I Charge My Magic Keyboard?

It's straightforward to charge your Magic Keyboard with the accompanying charging cable. Here's how to do it.

Remember to toggle the switch at the side of the keyboard to activate it so you can use it. 

  1. Attach the USB-C to Lightning cable to your Magic Keyboard. The Lightning cable side goes into the keyboard.

  2. Plug the USB-C part of the cable to your PC or Mac.

    You can also plug it into a USB hub or other device with USB functionality to charge it.

  3. Your Magic Keyboard will now automatically charge while it's plugged in. 

How Long Does Magic Keyboard Battery Last? 

The Magic Keyboard battery should last for about a month based on a full charge. When it's not in use, it goes into a low power mode so that it uses less battery life while still enabling you to re-use it by tapping the keyboard any time you need to start using it again. There's no need to manually switch it on or off to use it or save battery life.

This length of time can vary depending on how you use the Magic Keyboard, with more time spent with it likely to reduce the battery life. 

How Do I Check the Battery on My Magic Keyboard?

It's possible to see how much battery life remains on your Magic Keyboard on both Mac and Windows.

Check the Battery Life on a Mac

Here's how to check on both systems starting with the Mac.

Your Magic Keyboard needs to be connected to your device for you to check the battery life.

  1. On your Mac, click the Control Center icon in the menu bar.

    Mac desktop with the Control Center icon highlighted
  2. Click Bluetooth.

    Mac desktop with Control Center open and Bluetooth highlighted
  3. Check the percentage next to Magic Keyboard.

    Mac desktop with Bluetooth options open and battery percentage of a keyboard highlighted

Check the Battery Life on a Windows Computer

It takes only a few steps to check a Magic Keyboard's battery life on a PC.

  1. Type Settings into the Windows 10 Search Bar.

  2. Click Devices.

  3. Click Bluetooth & Other Devices.

  4. Check the percentage next to Magic Keyboard on the device list.

  • How long does the Magic Keyboard take to charge?

    It takes about two hours for your Magic Keyboard to get a complete charge. You can continue using it while it's charging.

  • How do I know my Magic Keyboard is charging?

    Go to the Bluetooth settings on your computer and look for your device. You will see a percentage next to your keyboard if it is charging.

  • How much does Apple charge to repair Magic Keyboards?

    If your Magic Keyboard is covered under warranty, you can get it fixed for free. New batteries can be purchased from Apple. Visit Apple's Mac Repair page to see prices for specific services.

  • How do I clean my Magic Keyboard?

    Clean your Magic Keyboard keyboard using a dampened lint-free microfiber cloth. Scrub sticky keys with a cotton swab or a toothpick. Do not use disinfectant.

  • Can I use my Magic Keyboard with Windows?

    Yes. You can connect your Magic Keyboard to your PC the same way you connect any device via Bluetooth. You can even remap the keys with the Microsoft PowerTools app.

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