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An input method is a user control that enables users to enter text.

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One-handed (half-QWERTY) layout for physical keyboard connected to non-rooted Android device

My goal is to be able to use a physical keyboard (connected to a non-rooted Android 10+ device via Bluetooth) to input letters located on the right side of a QWERTY keyboard while actually pressing ...
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Android interaction and input systems for people with severe tremors

I wonder whether any work has been done in Android to support people with severe hand tremors in the accessibility settings. I was thinking, the device could be configured, so that touching several ...
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Honda Clarity 2018 Non-Touring PHEV: how to simulate nav keys to call `systemdiag`?

I have a damaged head unit that no longer responds to touch. I've managed to get access to ADB (I have root and USB debugging was enabled), but the problem now are the touch keys along the side of ...
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Focus navigation via external keyboard and mouse (or Gboard) in Android

I was wondering whether there is a way to configure the phone for accessibility needs to reflect the spasm pattern and attachment characteristics of people whom may bee affected by spasms and or ...
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What's the difference between "Voice input" and "On-device speech recognition"?

I've noticed that on my Android 13 device (a Pixel 5), in the Languages & input settings, there are two speech input related options: Voice input On-device speech recognition both have the ...
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How to control the phone with on screen touchpad?

In Windows 10 and above there is an option like in the below screenshot to control the current device using a virtual touchpad. I'm looking for something similar in Android. To be more precise I'm not ...
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Compose key (multi key) on physical keyboard

Is it possible to configure a key, say for example Right Alt, to work as the Compose key on a physical (Bluetooth/USB) keyboard? I'm used to a Compose key on my desktop computer, and having it on ...
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Can android 11 take 2 wired USB controllers

I have an Android 11 box (Android TV Box 11.0, 4GB 64GB Decodificador Android Box, Amlogic S905W2 Smart TV Box"), and am trying Retroarch. For controller 1, I have a Power A Liquid Metal XBox One ...
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Use the phone stylus/digitizer as a PC input method

I would like to use my Samsung Note; taking advantage of its digitizer; as a input device of the desktop pc. I suppose the question/answer can also apply to other brands and the touch screen. Is it ...
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Why do text input methods generally omit an undo function?

I'm reading through my keyboard's resource documentation (I use MessagEase normally), and I see that they state: Please note the Android does not provide any Undo. However, I know this isn't ...
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adb shell input key event : perform a toggle button on off action

Questions How do I in Android 10 toggle on /off the hotspot using adb Su switch on / off for shell- How do I turn on Magisk manager && goto security options && there turn on / ...
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How does Android interpret physical keyboard inputs?

I thought I had a grasp of how they work in a general sense, but I've been trying out several keyboards lately and have run into some inexplicable behavior. For example, pressing the ESC key on one ...
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How do I use ADB Input Events for users, other than phone owner?

I can easily automate input events using something like this: adb shell input tap 300 300 And I am doing this, indeed, to automate configs exporting process for some owner installed apps. Although, I ...
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Choosing input method when on MessagEase

Recently found the MessagEase keyboard and really like it, but don't necessarily want to use it all the time. With the other keyboards I use, I long press on the spacebar will open the "Choose ...
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Use an Android tablet for drawing on PC while seeing only a zoomed in portion of the entire screen

I'm looking for a way to utilize my 10" Samsung tablet as a drawing display tablet for use with arbitrary Windows 10 apps (like Photoshop, any pixel art tools, basically without hard limitations) ...
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Move the pointer and control it with the head

My name is Stéphane. I am disabled (quadriplegic). I have a Mac Os 10.15.7 computer where I can move my mouse pointer with my head with this system and with my webcam. Is there a way with Android to ...
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Add D-Pad Support To App

Nowadays, flip phones run android. You are able to install any app, as long as it supports the framework. But, the one problem is that there is no touchscreen on flip phones. Is there a way to add &...
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Android menu navigation without touchscreen input [closed]

I'm working on a smart glasses project that is using an Intrinsyc Open-q 2500 SOM (connected to a custom breakout board) that utilises a Snapdragon processor, running a custom Android SDK (Oreo 8.1) ...
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How to long-press in android 4.1.2 and 4.2.2 using ADB?

I discovered that the command below does not execute in android 4.1.2 and 4.2.2 but it executes from android 4.4+. input touchscreen swipe x1 y1 x2 y2 [duration] I am using my old android 4.1.2 and ...
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What are the privacy downsides to using Google's Gboard keyboard for Android?

For several reasons, I do what I can to avoid using Google products. But I do currently use the Android OS (at least for now). One thing I like about Android is being able to use any keyboard app ...
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S-Pen only (touch screen disabled)?

I take hand written notes on my Samsung Tablet S3, as well as my Samsung Note 8 phone, using the S Pen. Both are on Android 9. Palm rejection and other accidental touches are mostly rejected, but ...
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How to open keyboard in Wine app?

I would like to use Notepad++ on Android, if possible. The only thing I found was this app, which, unlike the regular Wine, seems to emulate an entire Windows system. The only problem: I can't enter ...
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ADB shell input keypress play/pause doesn't work in Netflix/Hulu Android apps?

I'm trying to control my Android Box (running Android 6.0, my guess is a modified version of a phone's os, definitely not the official android tv os) via adb for a home automation project & I'm ...
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How do I get the "Change keyboard" notification to go away for more than an hour?

I have Swiftkey installed. I get a notification all the time about choosing my keyboard. I can get it to go away for a short time by selecting Settings -> Language & Keyboard -> Current ...
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Adding chinese input to Gboard keyboard

How do I enable chinese input to Gboard keyboard? I already have Google Pinyin Input enabled, but when I try to add a keyboard to Gboard, Chinese doesn't show up. When I long click on the keyboard to ...
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Is there a native way to install a keyboard layout or input method for the Lao language? I can only find apps and "soft keyboards"

I have a Xiaomi Redmi 4A that I bought in China a month or two ago. So it's using MIUI. It only comes with a few languages and I can't find a way to install others. (Simplified Chinese, Traditional ...
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Problems to get keycodes from fitness bike Android console

I've been working on an Android powered fitness bike for a while now, to basically pull the workout information generated by the bike in realtime, to use it with other applications running in a remote ...
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How to add a custom keymap / keyboard layout to Sony Xperia keyboard?

As far as input methods go, I like the Xperia Keyboard from Sony best. However, I would like to slightly modify the English keymap. Specifically, I want to add some additional accented characters to ...
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Why does Google Pinyin Input need to access my contacts?

A pop-up message says that Google Pinyin Input tries to access my contacts. Does anyone know why an input method needs to access a user's contacts? It is strange that this message popped up when I ...
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Enable gesture (swipe) input (on Fairphone 2) without Google Keyboard

I have Fairphone 2 running Fairphone Open OS, and I'm making a quixotic effort to avoid installing non-free (as in freedom) software on it and to optimize privacy. I want swipe input, but I don't ...
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Is it possible to have the system/kernel reverse x-axis touch input?

I have a galaxy S6 G920F. I have this problem with my touchscreen. The x-axis input is reversed. When I touch it on the left part it registers the touch on the right etc.. Is there a way to just ...
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NullPointerException when opening Language & Input settings

I have a rooted Lenovo P770, where I uninstalled several "system" apps, including the stock keyboard, TouchPal. After a factory reset I installed AnySoftKeyboard with adb (adb shell ime...), and now ...
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Greenify ruins my Samsung Keyboard Input Languages

I've installed this Greenify app on my non-rooted Galaxy S3. It really does the magic after hibernating some of the non-system apps (e.g. FB, Twitter, etc.) - phone runs faster, battery drains down ...
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How can blind users enter (keyboard) characters without resorting to a braille I/O device?

If I am unable to use my eyesight¹ and also unable to use my mouth², then how can I comfortably enter characters into my device using only one free hand? Suppose TalkBack is enabled. Is there ...
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New keyboard app not listed in Language & input settings page

I downloaded and imported Android SDK's Softkeyboard example (an app) to Android studio and installed it into my Sony xPeria Z3 running Android 5.1.1. That said, I do not see the app name in Language &...
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Android japanese with romaji inputs

On PC, you have your standard romaji keyboard, and when you enter "ka" it automatically converts it to the corresponding character, instead of having straight hiragana keys. Can one do that on ...
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Is there a way to make voice recognition multi-language?

I am German but my Android is in English for various reasons. However, I like using voice commands since it is the fastest way to get the music playing I like. It recognizes most bands without any ...
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How do you input Cantonese characters in Android?

I am able to use handwriting to input Chinese characters. However, I would like to input Cantonese characters (which are slightly different from Chinese characters). How do I do this?
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Is it possible to simulate touch without root?

Is there any way to simulate a touch (anywhere) on the screen without root? If not, is there any other way I can perform a cardboard 'select' action without magnet support, or opening up my cardboard ...
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How can I write in Tamil language with Google Handwriting Input?

OS - Android 4.4.2 Phone - Huawei Honor 6 UI - EmotionUI 2.3 I want to add additional language (Tamil language) under Settings - Language & Input - Language, how can I add it? If I could add ...
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Install keyboard on Android Wear

I've got an Android wear device.(the LG G Watch) And I installed some APK apps via ADB. How can I install a keyboard on Android Wear that I can use in apps I installed with ADB? I tried plugging in a ...
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Stop splitting words for non-English languages

How can one stop Android's autocorrect from adding spaces to split compound words? This is terrible behaviour for many non-English languages. Short story long: The default behaviour of the Android ...
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How do I get Korean keyboard on Huawei Ascend G6

How do I install a Korean keyboard on the Huawei Ascend G6?
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ADB shell: change IME method gives error "Unknown ID: null"

I bought a Chinese Android 4.2.2 smartwatch and discover it does not have a virtual keyboard. There is also no "input" option in Settings (there is "language" only). I installed a third party ...
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Compose key on external blutooth-connected keyboard

I have a Reudo RBK-3000BT VER 1.0 keyboard connected by Bluetooth to an Android 4.2.2 phone. Can I use a compose key feature with such a keyboard? For instance I would type CAPSLOCK+^+o and it would ...
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Why can't a keyboard on the Samsung Galaxy S3 collect passwords?

When I enable an input method (a keyboard app) on a Nexus device, I see the following confirmation message: This input method may be able to collect all the text that you type, including personal ...
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Associating a particular input method with a specific app

Is there a way to associate a particular input method with a specific app? For example, I'd like to always use the Hacker's Keyboard with the Terminal Emulator, while using SwiftKey for most other ...
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How do I move the voice input button to the numeric keyboard in KitKat?

In Android 4.4. KitKat, how do I move the voice input icon, i.e. the one with the microphone icon, from the alphabetic keyboard (next to the spacebar, at left) to the numeric keyboard? At least up to ...
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Is There A Keyboard Layout Creator for Android?

I have created a keyboard layout for the language I speak on windows using Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator. I want to port the same layout to Phones. Before the cursing starts, I have done a ...
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missing default english keyboard ime

My tablet has the English language as an option. but under keyboard and input methods, chinese is the only option. Is there a way I can install the default android english ime?
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