I would like to know how to create a newline on the current android keyboard (for example in a sms). And if it could be entered - would it be displayed?

Edit: If you've got Android 4.1.

It is just below the delete button.

Edit2 : For Android 2.X it still is the question, where to find it.

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    Can you please clarify what version of Android are you running? 2.3? 4.0+? What is your phone? Is it running a manufacturer keyboard or stock Android? Dec 17, 2012 at 8:48

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Simply press the enter/return button in your key board. It is located at the right botton corner of your keyboard.

In some cases, this button sends the SMS (or submit applications, in cases of forms in websites) If your device does that, simply hit enter/return button while holding the shift button or the upside arrow


Hope this helps.

  • What about single touch devices?
    – Irfan
    Dec 17, 2012 at 15:52
  • Good question. As far as I know, single touch devices does not face this problem. please try and let everybody know if you have one.
    – Sid
    Dec 17, 2012 at 15:59
  • And what about Android 2.X devices? (I updated my question).
    – Peter
    Dec 19, 2012 at 9:27
  • There is no SHIFT in GB? Please check again. There IS
    – Sid
    Dec 19, 2012 at 9:33

I finally found a solution. So I was facing the problem in WhatsApp and my new line button was replaced by the enter key, so I went to the setting and I turned off the option " send messages with enter key" and voila, my new line button is here.

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    Yes I was looking for that, thank you +1 Feb 26, 2021 at 22:12
  • +1. Also was looking for that. I thought it is because of Android or Samsung keyboard. Couldn't even imagine that it can be in Whatsapp. Thanks.
    – Bagdat
    Nov 16, 2023 at 15:58

Press the shift key or the key to change letters from lovercase to uppercase and the Emoji button should change to a Return key.


My dear friends,

this is an old question but there is still no answer, since I have connected 2 bluetooth keyboards to my Android smartphone running Shell Terminal Emulator and none of the above, suggested solutions, entered a new line

I will try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apedroid.hwkeyboardhelperdemo since keyboard mappings can be edited and customized

My search for a ready solution, called: mapping MS Windows keyboard for use in Linux Shell failed to give results.

follow-up 1

I got it. Installed another Shell Emulator and Enter key started to work as Send + NewLine from bluetooth keyboard for iPad by Logitech, called Ultrathin Keyboard Cover.

Another, mini keyboard, supporting bluetooth, failed to work, mismatching the keys pressed vs. characters seen on display in Shell Terminal

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