Typing by touch can be fun, but your options are still somewhat limited compared to typing with a physical keyboard that we use with the PC. But wait, how about you can connect your desktop keyboard to your smartphone or tablet?
Yes, you can connect a full-size physical keyboard to your Android device. In this article, I’m going to show you three different ways to do just that. Let’s try it.
1. Connect the USB keyboard to the Android device
You can connect a USB keyboard to an Android device using a USB On-The-Go OTG adapter, provided your device supports USB OTG. If you have purchased your Android devices in the past 3 years, it will likely support the use of USB OTG.
If you are not sure, you can confirm it with this app – Easy OTG Checker. This application automatically detects the required USB OTG hardware and software APIs.
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Alternatively, you can purchase the USB OTG adapter online for just $ 5. I would recommend UGREEN Micro USB and Ksmile USB Host.
Perform the following steps with USB OTG:
- Connect the keyboard to the USB port and your phone to the micro USB port.
- The keyboard automatically connects as soon as it is connected to your PC.
- Open an application and tap the keyboard. The text is displayed.
- Once the connection is established, you can use all the keys (page to page, etc.) and the key combinations (Ctrl + A) as desired.
2. Connect Bluetooth keyboard Android
A Bluetooth keyboard can also be connected to your Android phone and is more convenient and easy to configure. Here’s how:
- Activate Bluetooth on both devices.
- Select the keyboard from the list of nearby Bluetooth devices. If prompted, enter a PIN code. It is usually “0000”.
- The keyboard is connected and you can start typing.
3. Connect the PC keyboard to Android (WiFi)
With an app, you can connect your PC and your Android phone via WiFi and transfer text from PC to phone. This method is probably good if you have to type long text on your phone.
I recommend the WiFi Keyboard app, which allows you to transfer text through a browser window. After installation, you must set it as the default input method.
- Go to Settings and tap Language & input.
- Tap Current keyboard option, and then tap Choose your keyboard.
- Activate the WiFi keyboard here.
- Tap the Current Keyboard option again and select WiFi Keyboard.
Now open the WiFi keyboard application and you will see two addresses (also accessible via the notification bar). You can enter one of these addresses in the browser window of your PC to open the WiFi keyboard web interface.
Everything you enter in the text field of the web interface is displayed on your phone. During my tests, the input was very responsive, but there is no text preview. You must therefore preview your entry on your phone.
Tip: Make sure to disconnect the keyboard after use, as this will drain the phone battery faster (regardless of the method used).
If you have a Bluetooth keyboard, it’s not difficult to connect it to your Android device. However, connecting via WiFi is a great option if you don’t want to spend extra money. Let me know which method worked for you, just in the comments section below.
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