Brailliant BI 20X with

Tips for pairing a Brailliant BI 20X with an iPad

Having trouble pairing your Brailliant to an iPad? Check out these videos and troubleshooting tips!

The Brailliant BI 20X is a portable refreshable braille display that works well paired with a tablet, computer or smart phone. The compact 20-cell, ergonomic Perkins-style braille device is a good choice for young students and their smaller hands and for individuals who are often on-the-go. While considered a braille display as its intended use is to be paired with a device running a screen reader, the Brailliant BI 20X also has standalone applications, making it almost a hybrid between a braille display and braille notetaker.

Pairing the Brailliant BI 20X with an iPad

With the Brailliant BI 20X, the pairing process is accomplished through the braille display, not the iPad. The Brailliant will announce and show in braille each menu or option. These are the commands used to navigate the menus and select the options on the Brailliant:

It is recommended to fully charge the Brailliant before pairing to an external device.

Once the device is charged, press and hold the Power button on the left edge of the device for approximately 2 seconds. “Starting” should appear in braille with a tactile loading animation that circles during the start up.

The first time that the Brailliant is turned on, there will be a language selection menu. Navigate through the language options by pressing the space key. Select the desired language option by pressing any router button. Close the language menu by pressing any router button again.

From now on, the Brailliant should start on the Terminal option. “Terminal” mode means that the Brailliant will mirror what is on the paired device. To initially paired the Brailliant to an iPad:

See first video for additional tips if the iPad shows that the Brailliant is connected, yet the Brailliant continues to display “braille device” instead of mirroring the iPad and pressing the far-right panning key did not resolve the issue.

You can now use the Brailliant to navigate and interact with the iPad. The Brailliant should remain paired after the initial pairing.

Pairing the Brailliant with an iPad Video:

Power off the Brailliant

To power off, press and hold the Power button for 2 seconds until “shutting down?” is announced. navigate to the Ok option by pressing the space bar. Select Ok by pressing any router button.

Put the Brailliant BI 20X in Terminal Mode (once paired)

The Brailliant BI 20X has additional stand-alone features as well as a braille display. After the initial pairing between the Brailliant BI 20 X and the iPad, each time the Brailliant is turned on, you must go through these steps to put the Brailliant in the Terminal Mode before the Brailliant will interact with the iPad. 

Putting the Brailliant in the iPad Mode Video:

Troubleshooting: Brailliant BI 20X

Troubleshooting tips for after the Brailliant was successfully paired with the iPad:

To delete the iPad from the Brailliant BI 20X

If the once-paired Brailliant has disconnected from the iPad, you must delete the iPad from the Brailliant before it can be paired again. On the Brailliant:

Disconnect the Brailliant BI 20x from the iPad: Troubleshooting Video

If you have issues with your Brailliant BI 20X, Humanware’s tech support team members are knowledgable and easy to work with.

By Diane Brauner

Back to Paths to Technology’s Home page

stick characters sitting facing each other with speech bubbles overhead.

How my guidance counselor helped me as a low vision student

Butterfly life cycle

Butterflies part 2: Butterfly life cycle

Smiling woman sitting on a campus bench studying on her laptop.

Reading Chegg eTextbooks with low vision