How to Connect HP Wireless Keyboard Without Receiver (Guide)

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Angela Otero

Are you struggling to connect your HP wireless keyboard without a receiver? I’ve got you covered!

Bluetooth is the key here – Not all HP wireless keyboards have Bluetooth capabilities, so you’ll want to ensure your keyboard supports Bluetooth connectivity. Once you’ve confirmed that (and I’ll show you how to do that, too!), you’ll be on your way to a wireless typing experience that doesn’t rely on a USB receiver. It’s an absolute game-changer!

So, buckle up and get ready by the end of this article; you’ll be typing away on your HP wireless keyboard without a USB receiver!

Connecting HP Wireless Keyboard without Receiver

Overview of Pairing and Setup Process

StepsLED Light Indicators: Pay attention to the LED light indicators on the keyboard. These lights communicate the status of the pairing process. For example, a blinking light might mean the keyboard searches for a device to pair with, while a solid light could indicate a successful connection.
1Pairing Mode and Connect Button: Start by putting the HP wireless keyboard into pairing mode. This usually involves holding or double-pressing the connection mode button on the keyboard. Ensure your computer’s Bluetooth is enabled and discoverable, which can be done through the Settings app on most devices.
2LED Light Indicators: Pay attention to the LED light indicators on the keyboard. These lights communicate the status of the pairing process. For example, a blinking light might mean the keyboard searches for a pairing device, while a solid light could indicate a successful connection.

Using Bluetooth Connection

bluetooth button on a keyboard

You can easily connect your HP wireless keyboard without a receiver by using the Bluetooth feature on your device. Let’s dive into the steps to accomplish this.

  • First, power on your HP Bluetooth keyboard by sliding the power switch on the backside to the ON position.
  • Press the Num Lock or Scroll Lock keys to check if it’s active. If they light up, we’re good to go.
  • Next, open Settings on your Windows 11 device and navigate to Bluetooth & Other Devices.
  • If it’s currently off, turn on the Bluetooth feature, and click Add Device. Select Bluetooth from the list, and you should see your keyboard appear.
  • Pair the keyboard with your device, and give it a test run!

If all goes well, you’ve successfully connected your wireless keyboard without a receiver using Bluetooth.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

woman using wireless mouse and a MAC desktop
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It’s not uncommon to experience some hiccups when trying to connect your wireless keyboard. Here are a few troubleshooting tips if you run into any issues:

  • Keyboard not showing up in Bluetooth devices: Ensure the keyboard is turned on and in pairing mode. If it still doesn’t show up, try restarting your computer and starting the process again.
  • Connection keeps dropping: This could be due to interference from other wireless devices or a weak signal. Try moving the keyboard closer to your computer or removing potential sources of interference.
  • Check for any driver updates or software: Sometimes, manufacturers release patches that improve compatibility, so it’s worth checking their website.

When all else fails, don’t hesitate to consult your keyboard’s manual or contact HP support for additional help.

Alternative Connectivity Methods

Micro USB Connections

red and black USB cable

When I lost my USB dongle for my HP wireless keyboard, I discovered another great method to connect it without the receiver!

My keyboard has a Micro USB port, which I can use for wired connectivity.

Let me walk you through the process:

  1. Find a Micro USB cable (usually the one that comes with smartphones)
  2. Plug the Micro USB end into your keyboard
  3. Connect the other end to the USB port on your computer

My keyboard was instantly connected and ready for typing. This solution helps when you’ve lost your USB dongle or receiver and allows you a more stable, wired connection.

USB Type-C Connections

Type-C USB cables; gray and black

But what if your computer or laptop doesn’t have USB Type-A ports but the newer USB Type-C? Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! There is still a wired connectivity option for your HP wireless keyboard.

You might need a USB-C to Micro USB adapter or a USB-C to USB-A adapter (if your keyboard supports that).

  • Just connect your keyboard to the adapter.
  • Then plug the adapter into your computer’s USB Type-C port,

And there you go! Your wireless keyboard now works like a wired one. Remember, these alternative methods only apply if your HP wireless keyboard has a Micro USB or a compatible USB port.

If that’s not the case, you might want to stick and explore Bluetooth connectivity as another viable solution.

Review of Connectivity Methods

Connectivity MethodProsCons
BluetoothNo need for a receiver; versatile with different devicesDepending on Bluetooth support, potential connection instability
Micro USBA reliable wired connection, no receiver neededRequires Micro USB cable, not truly wireless
USB Type-C (with adapter)Can connect to newer devices with USB-C portsRequires an adapter, not truly wireless




  • “Bluetooth Revealed: The Insider’s Guide to an Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications” by Brent A. Miller and Chatschik Bisdikian.


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Krisztián Nagy

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