How to connect external USB keyboard (preferably via bluetooth) to Android device?

Best would be piece of hardware with USB socket to plug standard usb keyboard into it, that would work as "bluetooth keyboard" without need of any special software on android device.

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If it's an USB keyboard, it can be directly connected to the MicroUSB port of your Android device using an OTG cable. If your device is OTG capable (most devices of the current generation are, so chances are pretty good), it should be detected automatically. That's what I do with my tablets (running Android 4.1) and a tablet-case with integrated keyboard, to transform them into a mini-notebook – it works fantastic!

As a USB keyboard usually doesn't have Bluetooth integrated, the BT approach would require some kind of adapter. I won't say there is no such thing, but at least I've never heard of any.

  • Adopter idea you've mentioned is exactly what am I looking for. Commented May 10, 2014 at 12:48
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    I understood that, but I'm not aware of anything like that existing, sorry. The OTG variant, OTOH, is what's reported to work fine, and also is the intended way of connecting an USB keyboard.
    – Izzy
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 13:51
  • Thanks for feedback , if not to me it might be helpful to other readers :) Commented May 10, 2014 at 13:59
  • Anytime :) You might consider upvoting the answer (if you find it useful). I understand it's not exactly what you're after, so you're unlikely to "accept" it as solution ;)
    – Izzy
    Commented May 10, 2014 at 14:01

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