rugged messenger

Wireless Keyboard & Durable, Detachable Case
for Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch

rugged messenger

Wireless Keyboard & Durable, Detachable Case
for Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro

The Rugged Messenger keyboard provides you with a laptop-like experience while working on your device. Its tough polycarbonate construction helps protect your investment from drops, the contents of your backpack, and other hazards. With its long battery life, multi-device pairing, and wireless connectivity, the Rugged Messenger gives you the freedom to take your device on the road—for work or play—anywhere, anytime.

  • Dual Functionality: As a keyboard and case, the Rugged Messenger combines protection and productivity.
  • Rugged Layers of Protection: Tough polycarbonate layers and durable construction protect your device from impact and corner damage and can withstand drops up to 6.6 feet.
  • Two Versatile Modes: The Rugged Messenger is both a keyboard and a case which means you get protection and productivity. Protect your investment while making the most of it.
  • Multi-Device Pairing and Wireless Connectivity: This keyboard toggles between two devices at the same time and allows you to switch back and forth instantly. Plus, there are no wires to get tangled between your devices.
  • Laptop-Style Keys: The Rugged Messenger keyboard provides a comfortable, natural typing experience, instead of cramped pecking on a screen keyboard.
  • Backlit Keys: Backlit keys (available in seven colors) allow you to type easily in low-light conditions.
  • Built-In Stand: Secure your device at multiple viewing angles, whether you want to work or just catch up on your favorite show.
  • Rechargeable Battery: You can type up to two years between charges*. The sleep/wake function also helps preserve battery life when the keyboard is not in use.
  • Built-In Holder for the Apple Pencil: The built-in holder stores your Apple Pencil and keeps it within reach for when inspiration strikes.

Availability: In stock and ships free.

Leaves our warehouse Nov 16th - Nov 19th
Free shipping on all new orders to the U.S.
Free shipping on all new orders to the U.S.

The World Is Your Workspace

The whole point of your portable device is to be able to get up and go, right? The Rugged Messenger's wireless, Bluetooth® design means you’re free to work anywhere without being tied down.

Tough Enough

The Rugged Messenger’s multi-layered polycarbonate structure is designed to withstand drops up to 6 feet! That means, from the table top to the parking lot, you can have peace of mind whether you’re catching up on your favorite show or running to catch a ride.

Your Rugged Messenger comes with a one-year warranty that covers defective materials and workmanship. ZAGG will replace or exchange your Rugged Messenger at no charge.
Click here for details.


Two Modes Make You Mobile

The Rugged Messenger gives you total versatility when it comes to being productive on the go. Because it has two modes—keyboard and case—you don’t need to invest in extra accessories. The stainless steel frame under the keyboard provides a solid surface for typing as well as extra protection for your device.

Case Mode Case Mode

Case Mode protects your iPad from scratches and dings while you're on the go.

Keyboard Mode Keyboard Mode

Keyboard Mode makes typing fast and comfortable by offering a large typing area and backlit, laptop-style keys.

Case Mode
Keyboard Mode

Multi-Device for a “Multi-Life”

You connect to your world in multiple ways. Multi-device pairing capability lets you connect to two devices simultaneously, such as your phone and your tablet, and switch back and forth between them effortlessly.

Looking at it From a Different Angle

Magnets in the built-in stand secure your device at multiple viewing angles to accommodate your activities.

Type With the Ease of Laptop-Style Keys

Nothing puts your productivity on pause like an awkward, cramped typing experience. The Messenger’s improved, responsive keys let you type with the speed and ease of a laptop.

Light Up the Night

Life doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The keys on the Rugged Messenger are backlit—in seven colors—which allows you to keep going, even in low-light conditions.

2-Year Battery
The rechargeable battery keeps you typing for up to two years between charges*, and the sleep/wake function helps preserve battery life when your keyboard is not in use.

Product Overview

Product Overview

Keyboard With Wireless Connectivity and a Tough, Protective Case

Product Overview Product Overview
  • Includes:
  • Holder for Apple Pencil
  • Rugged Case Protection
  • Multi-Angled Viewing
  • Built-In Kickstand
  • Detachable Case
  • Multi-Device Pairing & Toggling
  • 7 Backlit Key Colors
  • Laptop-Style Typing
  • Sleep/Wake Function
  • Two Year Battery Life

Tech Specs

  • Device Compatability:
    10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • Battery Life:
    2 Years
  • Backlighting:
    Yes (7 Colors)
  • Multi-Angle Viewing:
  • Multi Pairing:
    Up to 2 Devices
  • Detachable Case:
  • Warranty:
    1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Weight:
    1.53 lbs
  • Dimensions:
    10.28" x 7.67" x 0.91"
  • Tablet Function Keys:
  • Laptop-Style Keys:
  • Language Options Available:
  • InvisibleShield® Friendly:
  • Materials:
    Polycarbonate and TPU
  • Hinge Mechanism:
    Fabric with Magnetic Stand
  • What's Included:
    Rugged Messenger Keyboard and Detachable Case, Micro USB charging cable, Quick Start Guide

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Reviews & Questions

Rugged Messenger for the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product It works well and it has many colors that look cooooooooooooooooool
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs I bought this a few weeks ago worried about the weight after reading reviews. It does have some weight to it but it turns out to be a great feature. Very sturdy and solid. The keyboard is easy to use...I like the feel of it and all of its features. I know it gives great protection to my iPad
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice keyboard The first one I bought (at Best Buy) was defective. Zagg customer service was great! The replacement keyboard arrived quickly and works perfectly. I am very happy with it.
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! It works great, really like the color change keyboard and the ease of detachment.
Date published: 2018-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Portability and durability, at its finest! I have owned numerous Zagg products, as they are my favorite, for their excellent product lineup, awesome warranty and great customer service. I owned the Rugged for my iPad Air 2 and it has served me well, just upgraded iPads, naturally I wanted the same, but I now had 2 options! The messenger is slim, holds the pencil, had numerous viewing angles and protects it well.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick response to Bluetooth connection Light wieght compact , also attractive and protective.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from remove iPad from keyboard Received the Zagg messenger and charged battery and connected to Bluetooth. Very nice package,I like the fact that you can remove iPad from keyboard and still have a protective case on IPad.also the case around the iPad is very light but sturdy.the keyboard works great and I’ve had zero problems with it.I looked at ALOT of reviews and decided on this one.I’m very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Casee Case overs great protection and keyboard. Like the way the keyboard can be removed, but still have protective cover on the back of the iPad. A little heavier than other cases, but trade-off for rugged protection well worth it. Battery on keyboard lasts long between charges.
Date published: 2018-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I pad pro key pad Thanks for the friendly service, and backing your product. Again thanks you made my week a joy. Again thanks.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Messanger I Pad Pro I love it!!!! My daughter got one. I made the recommendation and she added this to her tools. GreT product.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I bought this a month ago and so glad I did. I use every day!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m still learning, but it’s working real well Extremely comfortable to use, great keyboard touch.
Date published: 2018-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Case ever !!! I use it everyday at school; it makes life easier.I would highly recommend this product to all students who use their IPad for school. I have written lots of essays on the go in no time with this case. It’s a great buy and necessity for all who use their IPad for work and school!!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged Messenger Great Cusitomer Service I purchased the rugged messenger cover for my iPad Pro. I love this case, it’s a sturdy case with a Bluetooth keyboard. . I feel safe to travel with my iPad Pro; and work on the go. Some of The keys on the keyboard stopped working . I called Zach customer service and they were AMAZING, they had enlarge for my problem and without hesitation and with such friendliness; took my address and mailed me a brand new one. They also gave me a return label to return the broken one at no charge to me.. I would highly recommend any product from this company.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Zagg!! Great unit, as always. I had a problem with my keyboard, the first time I’ve had a problem with a Zagg product. I contacted Zagg and without any hassle or question, they sent out a new unit. Less than a week later I was back up and running. I am a Zagg customer for life because of their customer support.
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my new case/key board This is the 3rd case/key board that I have purchased. Zagg is the best out of the three! Makes it easier to travel, and I can leave my laptop at home!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best & Value for money Bought this end of last month i think, best experience i've had with a tablet keyboard. The shortcut key has everything from familiar to new stuff that is quite convenient for me to use. I'm a scriptwriter and this had made it really easy for me to type in my script with the Celtx app. I can even work at night without any problems, the keyboard backlight is bright enough and equipped with strong colours
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels rugged and solid I've had several Zagg keyboards for various Apple products. I've never been disappointed, and Zagg stands behind their product. This keyboard is easy to set-up and pair. The wake from sleep remembers your keystrokes, so you don't have to go back and fill in the first few missing letters when you forget to wake it up before launching in to typing. Can't wait to try the Apple pen holder.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far . . . so great! I've only had my "Rugged Messenger" for about a month, but I've found it remarkably sturdy and comfortable to use. It's a bit heavier than the leather case I had on my previous iPad. But that case had no keyboard. I *LOVE* the keyboard. Wonderfully capable. Great key feel. Perfect pressure balance: enough movement and solid contact to know when you've hit the key, but none of the heavy push back that so many rubber-coated keyboards create. And the easel/stand is great. Personally, I prefer portrait to landscape mode when I'm reading a book, so I wish Zagg had included a few extra magnets in the iPad holder itself so it could stand in portrait mode as well as landscape. But, by and large, that's a relatively minor quibble. Overall, this case and keyboard is wonderful!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great features I feel my iPad Pro is protected by well. My iPad is secure
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall the best Protection for the iPad Pro 10.5 This rugged messenger is by far the best concept for a rugged case from Zagg, it works far better then the older model rugged books, its magnetic set up seems to work far better and superior then the older models with the hinges.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rugged Messanger It is rugged but the iPad falls out of the case. I wish it had Velcro or another way to fasten the iPad to the case/keyboard. Keyboard works great.
Date published: 2018-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good equipment I bought my iPad rugged messenger a month ago but was expecting it to be the kind that the keyboard is attached to the main iPad. That option was not available for the 10.5 iPad which is a disappointment. Would be good to have the same options available.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Protects well. The keyboard and stand component is a little heavy but it separates easily from the case for pure tablet use and overall the unit does a good job.
Date published: 2018-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong iPad cover iPad fits securely inside top; back cover protects well. Only downside - the back support works best if on a table top or other secure platform and works less well if on a pillow or handheld.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Case I bought this product with the intention of having a multi-faceted way to take notes, both the ability to type with the keyboard and also have my Apple Pencil handy to do written notes. I think the case definitely meets my expectations; however, I do wish the case description mentioned it did not have a protective cover over the screen. I will be buying a Zagg screen protector. I like how easily I can transition from keyboard to tablet, as the magnetic attachment features are strong and sturdy yet easily managed to shift positions. Overall a high quality product worthy of the investment.
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It’s good for my needs. Protects my iPad well. It is very sturdy and closes securely.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great keyboard with easy connection I bought the keyboard when I ordered my IPad Pro. I like the detachable hard cover and convenience of the keyboard. It works best on a flat surface, as others have reported. Smaller than a laptop keyboard but comfortable to use with good action and response from keystrokes.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very durable !! Bought this for my husband's new iPad Pro as we've had several other Zagg keyboards/portfolios with great success. I must say that I prefer the keyboard/screen to be hinged. We found that the iPad continuously slipped off the magnetic holder. Ended up getting another keyboard/holder with a bit more success. I have an iPad mini and LOVE my Zagg portfolio as it fits into it making it like a mini laptop.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pros and Cons Like the keyboard when on a flat surface. Could be better on the lap. Occasionally the Home Button Key does not respond. Have to go BT2 and then back and it works. If continues might need a replacement
Date published: 2017-10-20
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Any reason i am unable to download the manual for rugged messenger? Server unavailable

Asked by: Snoopyvulture
To view the manual for the Rugged Messenger, head to:
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-05-07

When removed from the keyboard, is the protective case compatible with the Apple Smart Cover?

Asked by: Dmh7
Thanks for reaching out! This question is better directed for Apple, as they know the specifics for their device compatibility.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-03-17

Do this fit an IPad 3?

Asked by: Lindapiano
No, it is not compatible.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-06-14

My Backlight stopped working It only turns on if I press the power button it no longer shows a different color. After a second or so of turning it on the lights shut off and do not go back on Please help

Asked by: Angel8
Oh no! Please give us a call for troubleshooting tips and warranty assistance- 800.700.9244.
Answered by: Victoria O
Date published: 2018-02-21

Does this keyboard take it’s charge from the iPad Pro or does it require a charger? 

Asked by: Maxine229
It is recharged with the cable that comes provided with the case.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-11-27

Just bought the rugged messenger for my new ipad pot 10.5. Does it need to be charged in order to pair? Bluetooth is on but key board will not pair.

Asked by: Dan from tx
We suggest your keyboard be fully charged before use. However, battery level should not interfere with Bluetooth connection. Please contact our Technical Support team at 800-700-9244 as they can best assist you with pairing your device.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-02-26

What does it mean it only lasts for up to 2 years? 2 years without charging or 2 years with charging? I'm going to be using my iPad a lot more than an hour a day and wouldn't want this keyboard to break fast... 

Asked by: Camille12345
The 2 year battery just refers to how long it'll go before it needs to be recharged (based on regular use of one hour per day). A micro USB cord is provided in the packaging, so you can recharge it anytime.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-11-02

Language on ipad keeps changing from keyboard

Asked by: Cs10
Hmm. We suggest contacting out Technical Support team at 800-700-9244 as they can best advise on a solution.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-12-19

I have not been ablel to locate the full instruction Manual for ZAGG Rugged Messenger at “”

Asked by: Buddy ll
You can find it here-
Answered by: Victoria O
Date published: 2018-01-11

Is there a way to keep the onboard keyboard from popping up when using this keyboard? I would want to do a lot of typing and would enjoy typing if the onscreen iPad keyboard didn't pop up. Any button on the physical keyboard to minimize?

Asked by: aberdeen
Hmm. That's strange. Please contact Technical Support at 800-700-9244 as they can best advise on a solution.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-02-10

Do you have a screen protector that will pair well with this case?

Asked by: new user12
Yes. To shop shields for the iPad 10.5 inch, head to:
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-10-02

After 2 years, if the keyboard battery is still working?

Asked by: maggiey
The "2 year" statement refers to how long the battery will last without having to recharge it. This information is based on 1 hour use per day. If your battery is running low, simply plug it into the charger that comes with the keyboard.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-01-08

Will the case still fit if I have a skin on my iPad, or do I have to remove it?

Asked by: Tigoat
Yes, it will still fit.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-12-01

Will I be able to use the stand in portrait mode at multiple angles while still using the keyboard?

Asked by: Don3
I have this keyboard. There is no magnet on the bottom in portrait mode, so it won’t stand up at all in portrait.
Answered by: Johnny D
Date published: 2017-09-08

I have a keyboard case for an iPad Air 2. The swivel mechanism is now very difficult to operate and the iPad keeps falling out of the holder. Please advise if this can be remedied to return it to the original state?

Asked by: Bluemyrtle45
We suggest contacting Technical Support at 800-70-9244 as they can best advise.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-09-13

What version of Bluetooth is this using?

Asked by: joohn
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-03-05

I just recently bought a zag keyboard for my iPad Pro 10.5 in. Does the keyboard work with word? If so, I don’t know why mine isn’t working. It works fine with Note Pad & Messenger. Hope to hear from someone soon

Asked by: Diestrong
The keyboard should not interfere with any of the iPad's normal capabilities. Please contact our Customer Care team at 800-700-9244 as they can best advise on what the issue may be.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-12-26

How do I know what %charge my battery has left on it so I can know how often and how long to charge it for?

Asked by: UgoKTjo
Press fn + the battery key. This will cause the LED indicator to flash one of the following three ways: 1. Three flashes = full battery life. 2. Two flashes = approximately half battery. 3. One flash = low battery. When your Rugged Messenger reaches critical battery level, the LED will flash once every five minutes.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-12-13

Please answer about why bluetooth. I have this keyboard. The way the iPad magnetizes is almost exactly like Apple’s Smart Keyboard. So why not use the Smart Connector? Would be quick, easy connectivity. No need to charge the keyboard. ZAGG dissapoints. :(

Asked by: Johnny D
One difference with the Apple Smart Keyboard is that it doesn’t include a protective case that covers the whole iPad. For ZAGG’s keyboard there would need to be a pass through from the iPad’s Smart Connector inside of the case to  go through to the keyboard on the outside of the case. Logitech handles this by exposing the entire side of the iPad with its case, but I wouldn’t want to have the side of my iPad exposed. Maybe this is the answer to my own question. Not so disappointing after all. :)
Answered by: John E D
Date published: 2017-08-26

Any chance of the rugged messenger coming out for the 2017 12.9" iPad pro?

Asked by: Thomas777
No word on that at this time.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-11-03

How do I connect that second blue tooth simulanteous pairing feature you’d mentioned?  I’ve got it working with bluetooth on th 1 button but can’t sync bluetooth with my phone for the keyboard because it disconnects from the ipad every single time I try t

Asked by: UgoKTjo
This may be an issue with the phone itself. Some phones can only output to one device at a time, and may cause problems when trying to pair multiple devices. Please give us a call at 800-700-9244 so that we can address this issue, and find a solution.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-12-13

just purchased this case and love it but how do I use the keyboard? I can change the colors but not able to type! Why? I can only use the keyboard that pops up on my iPad. I'm obviously missing something. Thanks

Asked by: Robinellabarajas
Hey Robin! You want to make sure you are connected via Bluetooth. Once you are connected, you should be able to type. If this is not the case, please contact Technical Support at 800-700-9244 as they can best advise on what the issue may be.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-11-03

how long does the backlit keyboard stay on when idle? The manual says 60 seconds but mine only stays on 5 seconds. What is normal?

Asked by: sugarpig
The backlights will automatically turn off after a couple seconds if not used.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-02-09

Is this keyboard case compatible with your screen protectors?

Asked by: SLIRI
It sure is!
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-10-23

Hallo, does this also come with an Italian keyboard?

Asked by: g4giles
Yes. Multiple language options are available for this keyboard.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2017-12-21

I noticed that the rugged messenger does not have holes for the ipad pro 10.5" 4 speakers, isn't the sound going to be very muffled or very soft when you want to play media clips on the ipad?

Asked by: pinotnoir
Although the speakers are blocked, it should not interfere with sound capabilities.
Answered by: Anne T
Date published: 2018-08-22

Maybe I missed it but does this device wake/sleep the iPad when opening and closing the folio?

Asked by: phonemanjones
I have this keyboard. Yes, it does wake/sleep.
Answered by: Johnny D
Date published: 2017-08-26

Hello Zagg…you now have an iPad Pro 10.5 inch keyboard and case offering. IMHO this design falls short of the outstanding clamshell standard you had set with the 9.7 inch Air Folio and the 12.9 inch Pro Slim Book. Any plans for that model in 10.5

Asked by: RBFR

Will Rugged Messenger for iPad Pro 10.5 come with scandinavian keyboard some time soon. I am a fan of your products. Best regard Jørn Mortensen

Asked by: Jørn

How much space will it take up on a desktop or on an airplane tray table?

Asked by: Don3
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