If you use a tablet or mobile phone with a large screen, you may want to use a keyboard to make typing easier. There are specific keyboards with inputs for Android devices. However, there are ways to use a regular keyboard with a USB connection on an Android device.
What do I need to connect the USB keyboard to my device?
To connect your USB keyboard to your Android device, you will need to use a USB to USB Type-C adapter. Which is the input for Android devices in general. This adapter is a relatively inexpensive one and easy to obtain.
The OTG adapter cable has many more uses than simply connecting a USB keyboard to a device with USB Type-C inputs. But also for connecting any peripheral with USB output to a device with USB Type-C connectors, such as Android devices.
How should I connect my keyboard to Android?
The keyboard is connected via the adapter to your Android device. The OTG adapter cable has a USB input and a USB Type-C output. You will need to connect the adapter to your phone via the USB Type-C input. After connecting, plug the keyboard in through the USB input and the connections are complete.
How do I set up my USB keyboard once connected?
If the cable is working properly and your Android device and keyboard are connected, you will see a notification that the keyboard is connected to your device. Now you’ll need to make sure it’s set up correctly before you start using it.
To make the settings, you need to go to your device’s settings menu under Settings > Languages and input > Input methods and keyboard. From this section, select “Physical keyboard” and you will be able to use the keyboard on your Android device.
An important detail to consider is that the virtual keyboard will not be available if a physical keyboard is connected. It’s not complicated, but it’s a detail to keep in mind when using your Android device with the keyboard. Note also that you’ll be able to connect USB sticks to your Android phone using this adapter cable.
How do I connect my keyboard to my phone via Bluetooth?
Android devices have two types of wireless connection: WiFi and Bluetooth. With WiFi you can connect your mobile phone to computers or other devices. The Bluetooth connection is mainly used to connect any type of peripheral.
If you prefer to use a keyboard with a wireless connection, the connection is much simpler as it does not require an OTG adapter cable. The Android device itself will recognise the keyboard if it is connected via Bluetooth. So all you need to do is pair your device with the peripheral.
First of all, you’ll need to enable the Bluetooth connection on your Android device to initiate pairing. You’ll need to do this from Settings > Connections > Bluetooth and turn on the Android device’s Bluetooth connection, then you’ll need to connect the Bluetooth keyboard to the device.
In the case of the keyboard, the process is simpler: after making sure it’s charged, you need to enable the keyboard’s wireless connection. Follow the instructions (these will depend on your keyboard model). Once you make sure the keyboard is switched on, just pair it with your device.
To pair, go to your Android device’s connection settings in the Bluetooth section and search for available devices. Once you find the keyboard, select it to establish the connection between your Android device and the keyboard. You will then be able to use it on your device. If this doesn’t work, you need to make sure you don’t have any Bluetooth-related issues.