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Most Apple TV owners get annoyed attempting to enter text into the search box using the Apple Siri Remote. Fortunately there are alternative ways to make this a little easier, such as using an iPhone, iPad or Bluetooth keyboard, now there's another alternative that lets you type from your Mac, the useful Typeeto utility.

What is Typeeto?

Typeeto is 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.

The app was originally launched in 2014 and attracted positive interest then. The app is now available for $12.99 (with a 7-day free trial).

You will find Typeeto at the Mac App Store. 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.

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, meaning it’s 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.

The Installation Guide

You only need to install the software on your Mac, there is no need to install it on your iOS devices. Typeeto is available for download from the Mac App Store.

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 this handy little app sure feels like it provides something that should already have been possible – it does seem strange one cannot use a Mac to type to Apple TV without the utility. While at $12.99 the app is expensive, it’s easy to install, easy to use, and makes a useful addition to any Apple TV owner's tools. The app is compatible with OS X 10.9.5 or later, and requires 17.03MB free space