How to type on your iPhone from a Windows 10 PC

Have you ever been busy on your laptop or desktop and wished to address the buzzes on your iPhone? Or, have you ever wished you could get more typing space, say, from your Windows 10 keyboard? Well, if the answer to those questions is yes, then this article is for you.

Typing from your PC (desktop or laptop) to your phone has been made a reality through various linking methods, from QR scanning to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi or Internet connectivity.

If you are on an Android phone and you want to use your Windows 10 to type your messages, you just need to click on the Messages website, scan the QR code using your phone and that’s it – you can type from your Windows PC.

On your iPhone, you can link the ‘Notes’ or ‘iMessages’ app with your Mac to use your Mac’s keyboard. What if you have a Windows 10 and not a Mac, how then can you link them so that you use the laptop’s or desktop’s PC?

This question will be answered in this article where you are going to be shown how to type on your iPhone from Windows 10.

See also: How To Use Voice Control On iPhone 11

Steps to be taken

This keyboard linking can only be made possible via a third-party app that is known as AirType.

Not only can AirType link your iPhone with Windows 10 keyboard but also other AppleOS devices such as iPad and iPod Touch.

  1. Search for the AirType app on Apple Store and install it. When this is done successfully, proceed to set up the app to use the Windows 10 keyboard.
  2. On your Home Screen, tap on the ‘Settings’ icon.
  3. Navigate and tap on the ‘General’ option which is immediately after the ‘Screen Time’ option.
  4. When the ‘General’ screen appears, tap on the ‘Keyboard’ option then ‘Keyboards’. This will display a list of text input devices used by your iPhone.
  5. Under the highlighted label ‘About Third-Party Keyboards & Privacy…’, tap on the ‘Add New Keyboard’.
  6. Since you already downloaded the app, the AirType keyboard will be automatically displayed on the available list. Select it and tap on ‘Allow’. This will give AirType control over the text input functions of your iPhone.
  7. Open any app that takes in text input like the ‘Notes’ app. When the keyboard appears, tap on the icon which is on the lower-left.
  8. Pick out ‘AirType Keyboard – AirType’. You have now activated it.

Linking your Windows and your iPhone

  1. When you activate the AirType keyboard, a web address will be shown between ‘ABC’ and ‘world’ icons.
  2. Input it on your Windows 10 Pass the displayed ‘test’ with any text. The text you wrote through your PC will be shown on the ‘Notes’ app (if that is the active app on your iPhone, see step 7).

Limitations of using AirType

  1. At any time, you can only send one line of text.
  2. It does not display the app that you are on, so you have to keep checking your iPhone to see whether your input has been recorded.
  3. The ‘Send’ function is not possible when you are on Messaging or Emails.
  4. If you’re connected to a public network and you’re using AirType, your messages may be seen by the network’s provider (invasion of your privacy).


Well, AirType may be a little limited but it is like 85% of what you are looking for. This may be a big one but if you need more keyboard, get a Mac.