Use a Regular Keyboard with Your Android Device with the WiFi Keyboard App

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Mar 12, 2013 GMT
Dmitri Popov

When it comes to virtual keyboard apps for Android, you're spoiled for choice. Still, even the best virtual keyboard can't compete with a physical full-size keyboard. Using a USB OTG cable, you can connect a real keyboard to your Android device (provided it supports this functionality). But if you need to quickly type a message or a note on when sitting in front of your desktop machine or notebook, the WiFi Keyboard app provides an alternative solution. Install the app, then activate the WiFi keyboard option in the Settings | Language and input section on your Android device. Launch the WiFi Keyboard app and note the generated URL. Open an app and select WiFi keyboard as the input method. Point the browser on your desktop machine or notebook to the URL, and you should see the WiFi Keyboard interface.

Start typing in the Android input field, and the text automatically appears on your Android device. Alternatively, you can enable editing mode by pressing the F4 key. This way, you can type and edit text in the Android input field and then push the text to the Android device by pressing F4. Since the app requires no additional software installed on the desktop machine, you can use any computer with a browser for text input.

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