How to connect a USB keyboard to your Android mobile: Ever wanted to use or connect a real keyboard on your Android device? It’s actually quite easy to set up! Touch typing can be fun, but its options are still a bit limited compared to typing on a physical keyboard, the one we use with the PC. But wait, how about you can connect your desktop keyboard with your smartphone or tablet?
Yes, you can connect a full size physical keyboard to your Android device and in this post, I will show you the 3 Best different ways to do it to connect your USB keyboard to your own Android mobile. Let’s see.
1. Connect USB keyboard to Android device
You can connect a USB keyboard to an Android device via a USB OTG (on-the-Go) adapter, as long as your device supports USB OTG. If you bought your Android devices in the last 3 years, it is likely to support the use of USB OTG.
However, 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 API.
With the USB OTG, do the following:
- Connect the keyboard to the USB connector and your phone to the micro-USB connector.
- The keyboard will automatically connect just as it connects to your PC.
- Open any application and start typing on the keyboard and the text will start to appear.
Once you have successfully connected, you can use all the keys (Page Up, Page Down, etc.) and shortcuts (Ctrl + A) the way you want.
2. Connect Android Bluetooth keyboard
You can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard to your Android phone and it is more convenient and easy to set up. Here’s how you do it:
- Turn on Bluetooth on both devices.
- From the list of nearby Bluetooth devices, select the keyboard. If prompted, provide a PIN code. Usually it is “0000“.
- The keyboard will connect and you can start typing.
3. Connect PC keyboard to Android (WiFi)
With one app, you can connect your PC and Android phone via Wi-Fi and transfer text from PC to phone. This method is probably good when you need to type extensive text on your phone.
I recommend the WiFi Keyboard app for this which allows you to transfer text using a browser window. Once installed, you need to set it as the default input method.
- Go to Settings and tap language and input.
- Tap the current keyboard option and then tap Choose your keyboard.
- Here, enable WiFi keyboard.
- Tap the current keyboard option again and choose WiFi keyboard.
- Now, open the WiFi keyboard app and you will see two addresses (can also be accessed from the notification bar). You can enter any of these addresses in your PC browser window to open the WiFi keyboard web interface.
Everything you type in the text field of the web interface will appear on your phone. In my tests, the writing was very responsive, but there is no text preview. Therefore, you need to preview the entry on your phone.
Tip: Be sure to disconnect the keyboard after using it, as it drains the phone battery faster (no matter what method you use).
If you have a Bluetooth keyboard, then connecting it to your Android device will not be a problem. However, connecting via Wi-Fi is an excellent option if you don’t want to spend extra money. Let me know which method worked for you, simply in the comments section below.
Let me know in the comments below if I work for you or if you have other ways to do it for Android.Si want to learn and know more about Android, check out our best tutorials for Android.