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Guide to mobile & tablet apps

Send programs to your micro:bit from your mobile devices

MakeCode apps

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Pair your micro:bit with the app

Connect your micro:bit to your phone or tablet - this is called pairing. The app searches for a signal from the micro:bit and then they swap a code to make sure the right micro:bit is paired with your app. The app contains instructions on how to do this and you can see how it works in these videos.

iOS

Android

Top tips

  • Before you start, it’s a good idea to use a computer to flash a fresh MakeCode HEX file onto your micro:bit, especially if you’ve previously been using Python with your micro:bit. Use your own program or any of our MakeCode projects.
  • Make sure you pair your micro:bit and mobile device every time you transfer a MakeCode program.
  • When pairing, make sure you hold down the A + B buttons long enough for all the LEDs on the display to light up.
  • If you’re using batteries to power your micro:bit, make sure they are fresh. Even if the micro:bit seems to be working, it may not have enough power for the Bluetooth radio function to work.
  • For help with the apps and any other aspects of micro:bit, check out our Knowledge base or submit a help request.

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds is an app for the iPad and Mac computers that helps teach people to code in the Swift language using interactive 'books'. We've created a book that interacts with the micro:bit wirelessly, helping you to learn the fundamentals of code while having fun with your micro:bit!

Screenshot of the micro:bit Swift Playgrounds book

Get the Swift Playgrounds app

Download and install Swift Playgrounds from the App Store. It works on iPads with iOS 11 and newer on iPad Air, Air 2 and 5th-gen iPad, iPad Mini 2, 3, 4 and all iPad Pros and also on Mac computers running macOS 10.15.3 or later.

Read our guide to downloading and using the Swift Playgrounds book on our micro:bit Knowledge Base