Connect a Makey Makey to your iPad to Build a Mouse or Trackpad! Code your Key Presses!

April 16, 2020

We heard in March that the new iPad OS would support arrow keys and mouse or trackpad movement, so we bought a sampling of adapters to test it out with our little invention kit! As of April 13th, iPads running OS 13.4 work with Makey Makey v.1.4 and higher!

Note: We've tested a variety of different adapters and found nearly all work with Makey Makey v1.4 and v1.5. But if you have an older Makey Makey (v1.2 or older), the only adapter we have had success with is this FA Star adapter.

You can find the version number of your Makey Makey printed on the back of the board under the name “Makey Makey®.” If there is no number, it is older than v1.2. 



Adapters We've Tested


Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter

The official apple lightning to USB Camera adapter powers Makey Makey and just works right out of the box! We also had an older version of this adapter and it also powered Makey Makey and allowed us to create Scratch projects we could control with our Makey Makey. (Apple adapter on Amazon)

MaximalPower™ Lightning to USB 3.0 Camera Adapter for iPhone

Manufacturer’s sku #: 1830

Price when we purchased: $13.99 USD

This adapter has USB 3.0 and Lightning female ports so you can attach Makey Makey and simultaneously pass power through the Lightning port to power your iPhone or iPad. 


FA-STAR USB Camera Adapter Compatible with iPhone

We tried this offbrand adapter and it also worked flawlessly! 

HENKUR USB Camera Adapter with Charging Port

This adapter will allow you to charge your iPad and play with Makey Makey at the same time. 

Exciting News!

We are so stoked to learn of this development! It means schools with iPads can now use Makey Makey! Since there are a lot of adapters on the market, we suggest buying one to test before getting a class set, but we can't wait to see what kids create now that they can use their Makey Makey on a mobile device! Here's a quick video on making a game in MakeCode Arcade and using a Makey Makey! We will have a full lesson on MakeCode Arcade in our next lesson for students at home



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