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)
* Urdu (Normal & Phonetic)
* 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 BT 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 user installed app is allowed to change IME without user interaction.

Want to help translating this app to you language?
Go here: http://www.getlocalization.com/ExternalKeyboardHelperPro/

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Recently changed in this version

* Fixed problem with Korean/Hangul not combining jamos correctly in many apps.
* Updated translations.

* Fixed problem where sometimes settings would show up instead of IME switcher
* Added Tamil

* Added Urdu & Urdu (Phonetic)
* Now uses two launcher icons. One for settings and one to switch IME.

* Updated translations

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

    by Bruce MacPherson on 07/05/2015

    A lifesaver to get past Samsung's boneheaded sabotage of external keyboard input methods.

  • (75 stars)

    by Peter Gaunt on 06/05/2015

    I have only one issue with this app and that's that so far as I can tell it doesn't allow you to define new 'dead keys' for accents. I'd like to create a mapping like a Mac keyboard and can do that in all respects except dead keys. Other than that this is an excellent app.

  • (75 stars)

    by J. J. Starr on 03/05/2015


  • (75 stars)

    by Jamie G. on 25/04/2015

    It's absolutely absurd that I had to get an app just to prevent the crappy Samsung soft keyboard from harassing me. That being said, thank you for this app. It works perfectly what a relief!

  • (75 stars)

    by Nick Wright on 24/04/2015

    Great! I now have a customised keyboard for my phone and tablet. Thanks!

  • (75 stars)

    by Pieter-Jan Sterk on 20/04/2015

    This should be standard. Great for combining a keyboard and mouse combo.

  • (75 stars)

    by Matthew Perlman on 09/04/2015

    Let's you Key bind Android function keys. Also lets you key bind to blue mouse extra buttons.

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