How do I Register a Keyboard on a PS3?

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How do I Register a Keyboard on a PS3?
Users need to register a keyboard to the PS3 console before it can be used. (Keyboard image by toolboxdesign from

The Sony PlayStation 3 has some instances where text needs to be entered into the console. Using a standard Sony PS3 controller to enter text through an onscreen keyboard can be cumbersome. The Sony PS3 console does have keyboard support. Players will need to register a keyboard before using it. Wireless keyboards need to have Bluetooth support in order to connect to the PS3.

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  1. 1

    Turn on the Sony PlayStation 3 console. The XMB menu will appear. This is the system menu for the console.

  2. 2

    Scroll to the "Settings" icon in the XMB menu. The settings menu will be displayed on the screen when the icon is highlighted.

  3. 3

    Select "Manage Bluetooth Devices" from the settings menu. A list of Bluetooth devices connected to your Sony PS3 console will appear on the screen.

  4. 4

    Select the "Register New Devices" button at the bottom of the screen. A prompt will appear informing you that you need to prepare the device. The Sony PS3 needs to be able to detect the Bluetooth signal before it can register the keyboard.

  5. 5

    Turn on the Bluetooth keyboard. It will start to emit a signal that can be detected by the console.

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    Select "Start Scanning" at the bottom of the prompt on the screen. The Bluetooth keyboard should appear on the screen after a few seconds.

  7. 7

    Press the "X" button to continue. You may get an additional prompt that requests you enter a pass key. You only need to do this if your Bluetooth keyboard has this security feature.

  8. 8

    Enter the pass key for your Bluetooth using the onscreen keyboard. You cannot use the Bluetooth keyboard until you finish registering it.

  9. 9

    Press the "X" button. This will complete the process to register a keyboard to the PS3 console.

Tips and warnings

  • USB keyboards do not need to be registered to the Sony PlayStation 3 console in order to be used. You only need to register a keyboard if it is wireless. USB keyboards will function as soon as it is plugged into the USB port on the Sony PS3 console.

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