How to Turn an iPhone Into a USB Keyboard

Your iPhone can now easily replace a broken keyboard.
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Apple’s iPhone offers a very familiar keyboard that can be a great alternative for your PC thanks to a third-party app. Surprisingly, there is only one app that actually uses a USB connect as of October, 2013, while other options use your home Wi-Fi to make a connection. App costs vary, but you’ll actually end up paying more if you need a USB connection and cannot use Wi-Fi.

1 Tap-Worthy USB Keys

As of October 2013, iWavit is the only app available on the iTunes Store that can use a USB connection to pair your iPhone and PC. Several popular alternatives like iTap mobile were discontinued earlier in the year. The iWavit app is free on the iTunes store but requires you to buy a $45 bundle that includes an infrared USB receiver for your PC. A dongle attached to the iPhone sends IR signals to this receiver, allowing you to use the iPhone as a mouse or keyboard, with no access to a wireless network needed.

2 Cutting the Cord

There are many free apps that enable you to use your iPhone as a wireless keyboard over a Wi-Fi network. Apps included WiFi Mouse, Mobile Mouse Lite and Remote Mouse all provide free keyboard functionality that work with iOS 7. These apps will require you to download a remote mouse server to connect your two devices properly. Once your PC has the software installed, the two devices can link through a shared Wi-Fi network and you can use your iPhone like a regular keyboard.

Geoff Whiting is a writer and copy editor who has specialized in business technology, consumer electronics and research reports since 2007. He has written for national magazines like "American Shipper" and "BIC Magazine," has written daily news articles for FierceMarkets, and has crafted research reports for Rider Research, Intel and Spotify.