When I use a Galaxy Note together with an Apple Wireless Keyboard, pressing Shift+Space switches keyboard layout. This is really annoying. Is it possible to disable it?

  • Switches the Languages, you mean? You should be able to disable the language support, in settings, somewhere-- If not, try an alternate keyboard. – rm-vanda May 9 '13 at 21:33
  • Yes, "switches the languages". I do not want do disable language support, I want several languages. I just do not like the crazy shortcut. I assume the keyboard shortcut is not a property of the keyboard but rather some Android built-in. I assume there should be something like "setxkbmap" in normal Linux, which lets me tune those, but I have no clue where is the keyboard functionality hidden in Android. – KT. May 13 '13 at 10:19
  • Really? On my Galaxy Tab E, Ctrl-Space switches the keyboard layout (I have two: Japanese 109 and English (US)). Shift-Space switches the input method, not the keyboard layout. – Kaz Jan 29 '17 at 15:57
  • @Kaz perhaps nowadays things are different. I have a newer Lenovo tablet which does not have this problem now, for example. – KT. Feb 8 '17 at 10:22
  • @KT This problem is an issue of the Samsung Keyboard virtual keyboard. Does your Lenovo tablet have some piece of software called "Samsung Keyboard"? If not, that's probably why it doesn't have the problem, not because it is newer. – Kaz Feb 8 '17 at 15:26

Russian Keyboard is a free app that allows you to choose different layouts (languages) for the hardware keyboard and the combination for switching between them (Alt+Shift, Alt+Space or Shift+Space).

Works perfectly on my Samsung with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Note that selected layouts and the switching combination works as long as the app is selected as a current input method.

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    Thanks! This did solve my problem at last! I can't stop wondering how could anyone come up with the idea of a Shift+Space keyboard switching shortcut. – KT. Jan 30 '15 at 17:37
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    @KT Easy: 1) the implementors of Shift+Space in the Samsung Keyboard never tested it with a hardware keyboard. 2) they type with two index fingers, as you might be surprised to know, some programmers do. – Kaz Jan 29 '17 at 16:27

I have the same issue with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and a bluetooth keyboard. I was able to install Gboard (google keyboard from the app store) and this fixed the problem.


Switching to any other keyboard application as the default should solve this problem, for example SwiftKey. The shortcut exists in the Samsung keyboard and is not possible to turn off.

  • This should be the accepted answer, unless there is a way to truly avoid Shift-Space triggering on Samsung keyboards (virtual or physical). – SaltySub2 Dec 29 '18 at 13:52

You can try ctrl+shift. This option better works for the XP. May be it can also work with you.

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    The OP isn't looking for the equivalent keyboard shortcut on Android - he already knows that it's Shift+Space. Now he's looking for how to disable that shortcut. – eldarerathis May 8 '13 at 14:03

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