How to Use Your Mac as a Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple TV

An Essential Mac Utility for Apple TV?

How to use a Mac to write on Apple TV
Now Your Mac can be Part of Your Apple TV Setup. Apple

Typeeto is an invaluable little app that makes it a little easier attempting to enter text into the search box on an Apple TV. Text entry is sometimes a frustrating process using the Siri Remote, and while there are alternative ways to make this a little easier, such as using an iPhone, iPad or Bluetooth keyboard, now you can also use your Mac keyboard, thanks to the useful Typeeto utility.

What is Typeeto?

Typeeto is Mac utility developed by Eltima Software. It lets you use your Mac’s keyboard to type text to an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Android device. It was originally launched in 2014 and attracted positive interest then. 

You will find Typeeto at the Mac App Store. The app is now available for $9.99 (with a 7-day free trial).

While it my seem less useful if you are already using a wireless keyboard with Apple TV, it is certainly useful if you want to use your MacBook to enter text, or may, in the future, need to in emergency. It is also useful if you don't want to have to dedicate two keyboards to the task, one for your Mac, another for Apple TV.

What’s Typetoo Like to Use?

When used with an Apple TV Typetoo lets you search for files by typing the name in the search field, supports media key controls and even lets you copy and paste text from the Mac. It comes in very handy when you want to make a complex search, and I confess that in use I do sometimes wonder why Apple hasn’t already enabled this kind of continuity between Mac and Apple TV.

You can also use Typetoo with other devices. That makes it useful when you need to type lengthy amounts of text into your iPhone, Android or iPad. It may make it a little easier to use one of your mobile devices as an extension of your Mac desktop. You can choose between light and dark themes.

It is important to know that the app does not map to the virtual Touch Bar buttons on the latest MacBook Pro models, which means you can't use those shortcuts when you type from a Mac to a device.

The Installation Guide

Typeeto is available for download from the Mac App Store. You only need to install the software on your Mac, there is no need to install on your iOS devices. When installed it appears as an app icon in the Menu Bar once you complete the set-up process:

  • Open Bluetooth Settings on the Mac
  • Open Bluetooth Settings on the device you wish to use, Apple TV in this case
  • Both devices should be visible to one another

To use with an Apple TV: You should be able to connect with your Mac directly in Apple TV Bluetooth Settings once the utility is installed. A small window with the name of Apple TV and a dialog urging you to ‘start typing’ should appear.

To use with another device: On your Mac, you should tap the Pair button next to the iOS device’s name.

  • A code will appear on screen on the Mac and the iOS device
  • Once you confirm both codes are the same the app will be ready to use. You will see a little floating window with the name of the device you wish to type to and a dialog urging you to ‘start typing’.

To make it a little easier to use Typetoo with multiple devices (your Apple TV and iPhone, for example)  you can assign a keyboard shortcut for each of those devices, enabling you to easily toggle between them when you type.

Once you have installed Typetoo on your Mac you can set it to launch automatically as a Startup Items app in System Preferences, otherwise, you must launch it manually when you need to use it.

Summing up

When it comes to the Apple TV the app seems to provide a feature that should already be possible – it does seem strange one cannot use a Mac to type to Apple TV without it. While at $9.99 the app is an expensive luxury item, it is easy to install, easy to use, which means it's a useful addition to any Apple TV owner's toolkit. The app is compatible with OS X 10.9.5 or later, and requires 17.03MB free space