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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

How to connect an external USB keyboard with Android smartphone


How to connect an external USB keyboard with Android smartphone
 
At present smartphones have become so common that everyone looks equipped with a touch screen and this is boosting up every day. The smart phones are replacing personal computers and laptops. Though every smart phone has an inbuilt keyboard but due to its small size typing is considerably slow and you would have get tired by touching on the screen repeatedly for typing something. So as a solution of this you can using an external keyboard.
 
How to connect an external USB keyboard with Android smartphone
How to connect an external USB keyboard with Android smartphone

The external keyboard can not be connected to the smart phone directly and to connect an external keyboard to your smart phone you will need an OTG cable. Many of you will be aware of an OTG cable but some of you may be hearing the name OTG cable for the first time. So first of all I will explain what is an OTG cable.




what is the OTG cable.

A USB OTG cable is an adapter that plugs into the Micro-USB port on your device and allows you to connect full-size USB peripherals. The abbreviation OTG stands for “On the go”. As the smartphones have micro USB socket and normal size USB plug of a keyboard can not be inserted in it. This problem was solved in 2001 with the creation of an OTG USB cable. As you can see in the image, the cable can accept USB plug of a keyboard in one end and the other end can be inserted in the micro USB socket of the smartphone. USB On-The-Go, often abbreviated to USB OTG or just OTG, is a specification first used in th late 2001 it allows USB devices, like tablets or smartphones, to act as a host, allowing other USB devices, such as USB flash drives, digital cameras, mice or keyboards, to be attached to them.



How to connect to SmartPhone use the USB OTG cable/adapter

The connections are as simple as abc or 123. As shown in the image, one end of the OTG Cable is micro USB and the other end is a socket of the size of normal USB plug. Please insert the micro USB end of the OTG cable in the charging slot of your smartphone. Now pick the USB end of your keyboard and insert it in the other end of the OTG Cable. Now you are done and your connections are ready but still you have to do some setting.



Settings of the Smartphone External Keyboard

Now your connection is ready but still you need some small settings. These settings are given below. Please note that these may slightly differ depending on model/Android version -

Swipe down the notification drawer

Select keyboard layout and tap it

Now select default

Here you can choose the settings of your choice.



What to do if you do not find keyboard setting option in notification Drawer of smartphone

If you do not find keyboard setting option in notification Drawer of your Android Smartphone, please do the following –

Tap the setting icon

Tap personal

Tap language and input

Tap keyboard and input methods

After choosing the settings your keyboard will work fine when typing in text fields. You will be able to type at a reasonable speed on an external keyboard and Many of the keyboard shortcuts work such as Alt+Tab Ctrl+X, Ctrl + C, or Ctrl + V for Cut, Copy, and Paste similar to  they do on computers.


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