I have a ZeniThink C91 using Ice Cream. I also have a case that has a USB keyboard. How do i disable the android Keyboard so only the USB keyboard is active? Ice Cream 4.0

  • I was sure we had a question like this already but I can't find it. IIRC, the solution was to install a software keyboard that was either a dummy and never showed on-screen or that was smart enough not to show when the USB keyboard was being used. Apr 18, 2012 at 20:31
  • Actually I found the task and killed, now I can see the whole screen when typing on my USB keyboard. But thanks.
    – Robert
    Apr 20, 2012 at 16:08
  • @Matthew were you thinking of this ? Jun 20, 2012 at 15:41
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    @jlehenbauer I think so, good find! Jun 20, 2012 at 16:13

2 Answers 2


Null Keyboard is what you want. I do this same thing with my bluetooth keyboard. It does require you manually switch the input method each time, but keeps the pesky on-screen keyboard from popping up.

Another option I've used is to use the method described here to program one of your keys to a Back button, which you can press to remove the on-screen keyboard each time it pops up.


You might want to search for an alternative to the stock-keyboard delivered with your android device. There are keyboards that have hardware keyboard detection and settings to explicitly turn off the on-screen keyboard, blueduino soft keyboard for example.

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