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).

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 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 Gili Revel on 30/10/2014

    Excellent app for multilingual use of an external keyboard. very configurable. I am using it for configuring a Bluetooth keyboard for English\Hebrew and switching between them within the same document with a single keystroke.

  • (75 stars)

    by Ron Kiyomura on 30/10/2014

    Used this app to help out my aged Toshiba Thrive. Have gone to both Samsung tablet and phone now. Still working great. Only wish there was a way to do emoticons with an external keyboard.

  • (75 stars)

    by Fernando Camargo on 30/10/2014

    For example, can't accent: 'a, 'e, 'o, the accent never go up to the letter. The US international layout works on IPAD for my keyboard

  • (75 stars)

    by Richard Scott on 27/10/2014

    This app has saved me from downgrading from KK back to JB. This now means that shift+2 does not show @ as it used to, and now works with my UK setup. It's a fantastic app, but annoying that Android KK does not to work correctly out the box.

  • (75 stars)

    by Sharon Arad on 26/10/2014

    not too intuitive to set up multiple languages (switching between languages using alt+shift like in windows is not possible), and requires more security privileges than seems reasonable. All in all works fine.

  • (75 stars)

    by Pol Mata on 22/10/2014

    extremely good. some issues like control+backspace doesn't seem to work too well. at least when in quickoffice. even so, this app is a MUST for catalan and spanish people who use KitKat 4.4.4 and a hardware keyboard. google seems to have messed up the spanish keyboard layout with the latest update. again, the app is beyond great.

  • (75 stars)

    by Vernon Elsworth on 17/10/2014

    Very good App Works perfectly on above devices.Well worth the price.