These days, Android smartphones and tablets are being widely used as productivity tools. People see them as effective gadgets which they can easily carry from one place to other. Perhaps that’s the reason devices like Microsoft Surface and iPod Pro are getting much popular. However, the issue is that many people still prefer laptops over tablets and smartphones because they find it quite difficult to type on the virtual keyboards that come inbuilt within the gadgets. So, you always require a physical keyboard which can make typing extremely easy and awesome. While attaching a USB keyboard is not that easy, you can use a Bluetooth keyboard with Android device.
Here in this post, we’ll guide you on how to do so. Let’s get started:
Step-by-step guide to use a Bluetooth keyboard with Android device
To use a Bluetooth keyboard with Android device, you just need to follow some simple steps mentioned below:
Setting up your keyboard
Before you proceed further with using the Bluetooth keyboard with an Android device, you’ll need to set it up. For this, you’ll need:
- A Bluetooth keyboard
- An Android device
Step 1. First of all, you’ll need to enable Bluetooth on your Android device. To do so:
- Go to Settings > Bluetooth
- Tap the slider button to On
Step 2. Turn On your Bluetooth keyboard and put it into pairing mode
Step 3. Now on the Bluetooth screen of your Android phone, you’ll see that your device has automatically searched for and detected your keyboard
If your device doesn’t detect the keyboard just turn it off and on again and tap Search for devices to try again
Step 4. Once your device detects your keyboard, select it under Available devices
Step 5. Now you’ll be prompted to enter a code. Just type it in
Once the pairing is successful, you’ll see that your device is now connected to your Android device.
Using your keyboard
Once you’ve successfully paired your keyboard with the Android device, you can use it for several purposes like typing lengthy emails, messages, blog posts and much more. Apart from these are also several keyboard shortcuts you can use to enhance your device experience.
Keyboard Shortcuts and Navigation
Here are different keyboard shortcuts:
- Esc: Go Back
- Ctrl+Esc: Menu
- Alt+Space: Search Page
- Alt +Tab and Alt+Shift+Tab:
Apart from this, there are also some dedicated shortcuts for launching apps like calculator and Gmail. Let’s have a look:
- Windows+C: Contacts
- Windows+G: Gmail
- Windows+L: Calender
- Windows+P: Play Music
- Windows+Y: YouTube
Apart from this, other universal shortcuts like Cut (Ctrl+X), Copy (Ctrl
+C), Paste (Ctrl+V) and Select all (Ctrl+A) works in most of the apps.
Since Android is a touch-first interface, attaching the keyboard will not affect its basic working. You’ll still need to tap screen regularly to launch apps or select options unless you’ve attached a mouse. For example, if your device is pattern locked, you’ll still need to open it by tapping a key rather than pressing the power button.
Creating Custom Application Shortcuts
There was a time when you could create custom keyboard shortcuts in Android. But sadly it’s no longer the case. However, there is an app you can use for this purpose. It’s called External Keyboard Helper (EKH). Here’s how to use it:
- First of all Launch the app
- Go straight to the Advanced Settings
- From here, select Keyboard Mapping > Application Shortcuts
Now a screen will appear in front of you asking to create custom shortcuts for desired apps. You can create up to 16 custom application shortcuts.
Once again, go back to the Advanced Settings page and choose Customize Keyboard Mappings. Here you’ll be prompted to create a custom keyboard layout. Select the option and start creating the layout. You can choose any combination.
Once you’ve selected the layout, click Save (You can also change the layout later by pressing CHANGE option). Now you can use the custom shortcuts later to launch various apps. Enjoy!
Our complete guide on how to use a Bluetooth keyboard with Android device ends here. Stay tuned for more updates!