External Keyboard Helper Pro

External Keyboard Helper Pro


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A non visible soft keyboard (Input Method) intended to be used with hardware Bluetooth and USB keyboards. It automatically brings up the Input Method dialog when Bluetooth keyboard connects or disconnects (on some devices this can also be made to work with USB keyboards). It supports a lot of different keylayouts also provides a lot of configuration options.

This app does NOT require a rooted device and there is a DEMO version available if you want to try it out before buying.


* International keyboard layouts.
* Up to 16 application shortcuts can be added (for example start Google Maps with Alt+M etc.)
* Up to 16 text strings can be add (for example insert your email address with Alt+E etc.)
* Remaps the Escape key to BACK (can be turned off)
* Allows you to control which characters should be treated as combining characters.
* A "null" Soft Keyboard to use with hardware keyboards (Bluetooth & USB).
* Automatically brings up Input Method selection dialog when Bluetooth keyboard connects or disconnects (Android 2.3+).
* Automatic detection can also work with USB keyboards on some platforms (experimental) (Android 2.3+)
* App that brings up Input Method selection (for easy access)
* Switch between up to three layouts of your choice using a key or key combination.
* Can choose keymap automatically based on language setting in your device.
* Blocks long-press-popups on Android 2.x.
* Change the key repeat delay and rate.
* Layouts can be modified and two user defined custom layouts can be configured.
* ConnectBot aware (TAB and CTRL codes)

Currently supported keyboard layouts
* Arabic (101, 102 & 102 AZERTY)
* Armenian (Eastern, Western & Phonetic)
* Austrian
* Belgian
* Bosnian & Herzegovian
* Bulgarian (Phonetic, Phonetic traditional & Typewriter)
* Canadian (French & Multilingual)
* Croatian
* Czech (qwertz, qwerty & programmers)
* Danish
* English (Colemak, Dvorak, Dvorak Left hand, Dvorak Right hand, Dvorak Programmer, GB & US-International)
* Estonian
* Faroese
* Finnish (Finland & DAS)
* French (Bépo, France & Switzerland)
* German (Germany & Switzerland)
* Greek
* Greenlandic
* Hebrew
* Hindi Traditional
* Hungarian
* Icelandic
* Italian
* Korean/Hangul
* Latvian
* Lithuanian (Numeric)
* Macedonian FYROM Standard
* Maldivian
* Norwegian
* Persian
* Polish (214 & Programmers)
* Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal & Br-Nativo)
* Romanian
* Russian (Normal, Typewriter & Phonetic)
* Serbian (Latin & Cyrillic)
* Slovak (qwerty & qwertz)
* Slovene
* Spanish (Latin America, Spain/Int & Dvorak)
* Swedish (Normal & Svorak A1|A5)
* Thai (Kedmanee & Pattachote)
* Turkish (F & Q)
* Ukrainian
* Vietnamese

All layouts are based on standard USB Keyboard layouts. Bluetooth keyboards sometimes do not follow the standard completely but it is possible to manually customize mappings.

Characters that can be treated as combining characters
* acute
* breve
* caron
* cedilla
* circumflex
* diaeresis/umlaut/dialytika
* dialytika tonos
* dot above / dot below
* double acute
* grave
* hook above
* macron
* ogonek
* ring
* tilde
* tonos

What it does NOT
* It won't fix your Bluetooth or USB connected keyboard if it wasn't working in the first place.
* It does not automatically switch Input Method. It only shows the dialog and you will have to choose Input Method manually. This is an intentional limitation built into Android by Google. No app is allowed to change Input Method without user interaction (unless the app is a system app).

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Recently changed in this version

* Fixed reading scancode with ShareKM
* Fixed error in Spanish Dvorak layout
* Ctrl+Backspace now deletes last word
* Tries to make right mouse button remapable on devices where it works as BACK (like on my Galaxy Note 8.0)

* Rearranged settings
* Changed language switch key config
* Added a more flexible voice input mapping

Comments and ratings for External Keyboard Helper Pro
  • (75 stars)

    by Tapio Säyppö on 12/02/2015

    Incredibly good. Now my external Bluetooth keyboards work the way I want. Thank you. :-)

  • (75 stars)

    by Don Julio on 29/01/2015

    My Samsung Galaxy Tab's Keyboard was AWFUL! It would keep repeating keys I pressed and half of them lost their functionality after certain updates! This solved it all, keeping the darn virtual keyboard off the screen, letting me disable repeating keypresses, and letting me not only re-map dead keys on my keyboard but also letting me re-map keys for game emulators! Simply amazing thank you bud!

  • (75 stars)

    by Mathieu Dupel on 24/01/2015

    i cant get the accent when im writing in french like on pc its the key ?/ but i cant change it im using samsung tab s

  • (75 stars)

    by Chris Fortin on 23/01/2015

    This app is worthless on android devices. Tried pairing my Samsung Note Pro 12.2 Tablet to a Logitech Pro Keyboard made to match my tablet device with all settings properly engaged. No Success.

  • (75 stars)

    by Nicolás García on 22/01/2015

    I arrived on this app as it was recommended through a random website. It looked good as I was looking for a solution to zooming inside the documents without touching the tablet screen. To my disapointment it doesn't offer that option and well it does what it says but not what I wanted. I see no real added value to the keyboard customization. In the end zooming was as simple as ctrl + i / ctrl

  • (75 stars)

    by Daniel Dinev on 16/01/2015

    Единственото правилно решение за хардуерни клавиатури!

  • (75 stars)

    by Dasgrubergz on 14/01/2015

    Finally an app that supports my cheap bluetooth keyboard. Made my life easier!

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