Questions tagged [text-input]

'Text-input' refers to the methods used on Android to enter text, which includes keyboard input as well as voice input.

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Weird Horizontal Lines instead of text

I was just reading a message on WhatsApp. I can't understand these weird black lines. I have noticed them before. Why is this happening? I am sending a screenshot for more info.
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Texting while video is available in WhatsApp

I would like to know, on WhatsApp, for instance in the Android version, when making a video call, is it possible to have a text based chat area at the bottom, with the keyboard pooping up on the ...
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Is there any way for an app to insert text at the cursor in another app, in the currently focused input field? (With the ‘accessibility’ permission)

I'd like to have an app with my custom programmatic text snippets, that would insert them at the cursor in the focused text field, next to other text that I already entered. I'm using both Tasker and ...
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Using default device keyboard on app with its own keyboard

I'd like to use the default keyboard on my phone (SwiftKey) when I use the graphing calculator app called Geogebra. However, it has its own keyboard for inputting math; Can anyone show me how to use ...
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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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Keyboard overlaps text boxes [closed]

I've been having this strange issue for a while where my keyboard overlaps in app text boxes. It happens with every kind of text box that sits on top of the keyboard. It seems like it aligns with the ...
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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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Google Speech recognition doesn't consistently enter the speech into app text field

I cannot figure out the whole pattern but much of the time these days if I use Google Speech to recognise some text to put into a text field eg Facebook's or Messenger's, it successfully recognises ...
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Changing the input language of physical keyboard on Android TV box

I have an Android box TV with Android 9.0, and I would like to add a physical keyboard, but there's no option for that. When I press the "manage keyboard" option, it shows what's in the ...
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How can I undo an edit in Gmail's compose field?

How can I undo an edit in Gmail's compose field? For example, I write a draft email, select the entire text and remove it, how can I undo my remove action to get the text back?
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How to embed Android material icons such as "☰" or "⋮" in SMS / social-media messaging

I often find myself in a difficult situation while trying to explain how to do something on an Android device or app to people who are not Android literate. For instance, if I write Press the ...
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What is an easy way to quickly transfer content (text, image, small files) between my galaxy note 10 and windows 10?

Very often I'd like to quickly transfer a bit of text that I have in the clipboard of my pc (windows10) or an image to my phone (galaxy note 10). Is there a way to do this in a convenient way - ...
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External keyboard and ESC key on Android

https://www.logitech.com/en-hk/product/k580-multi-device-wireless-keyboard This bluetooth keyboard (probably many others) has the back tick ` and Esc keys on it. Will these ` and Esc work on Android ...
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Using a PC or laptop to send keystrokes to type on Android

I wanted to ask if there is a way to use my computer's keyboard to type on my phone while it is plugged into the PC to charge. I was wondering if anyone on here has a setup like this. The end result ...
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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 text ignore characters

In android emulator adb shell I send the following command: input text \!\$\#\?\%shelllllllooo And result: All same characters(exclude special like !?#$) been ignored.
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How to paste text between existing words?

When writing on Android, such as YouTube comments, I sometimes need to change word orders or paste words. Cutting an existing word is easy: just long press the word and then select "Cut". But I have ...
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Paste YYYYMMDDHHMMSS timestamp anywhere (hotkey shortcut)

YYYYMMDDHHMMSS or YmdHis in PHP is the timestamp format used by Wayback Machine URL and the %A_Now variable in AutoHotKey. It looks like this: 20171223145921. How can I paste the timestamp of the ...
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Can i disable spellchecker popup but keep the red underline?

The red underline on misspelled words is excellent, but the popup is awful. This is the popup I do not want: My keyboard app has a much better suggestion list, always. I think because it learns my ...
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How to input punctuation via Google Assistant?

Lately I've become a fan of using Google Assistant to dictate text messages. This works well for hands-free texting; however, I haven't been able to figure out if it's possible to insert punctuation ...
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Is there a way to disable the right-to-left-stroke-to-delete-gesture in Google handwriting input?

I couldn’t find any option in settings to disable the right-to-left-stroke-to-delete-gesture in Google (Japanese) handwriting input. Is there a way to do that?
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How to disable text correction suggestions (underlined) with Google Voice typing?

When I use Google Voice typing to produce some text, a fair amount of the text becomes underlined (and if you tap the underlined text a drop-down list presents suggestions to correct any errors in the ...
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Text expansion when writing email (Gmail, etc.)

On desktop PC, there are great apps / Chrome addons such as Gorgias that allows to write abc <TAB> and this will be automatically expanded into a long text, thus saving many keypresses. On ...
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Stop cursor from moving to end of word when touching text

The default android behaviour when interacting with editable text seems to be to move the cursor to the end of the word you've touched, regardless of your touch location. This is undesirable in many ...
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Typing issue with AOSP

Sometimes, when typing, the AOSP keyboard misbehave very badly. The characters may not appear, may the cursor move forward without placing a single character(if typed in between text). When ...
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Why are some emoji not displayed?

I am wondering, on what does it depend which emoji are available on which system? I was using an emoji from the Supplemental Symbols and Pictographs code page and it displays on OSX, but not on ...
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Prevent spelling suggestions from being inserted in text messages

In text messaging, I noticed that whenever I try to enter a word different from the spelling suggestions, the latter prevail and my intention is ignored. Is there a way to get around this?
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Input field text is white on white in some apps on OnePlus One

After upgrading to Android 6 on an unrooted OnePlus One, some apps (eg. Aqua Mail, aCalendar) have their input fields nearly white text on white background. How can I change the color?
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Auto completion dictionary won't remember words

I dated a girl named Kristi for over a year, and to this day, no matter how many times I type her name correctly, it will autocorrect to Kristen. A year. A full year. How do I get android to ...
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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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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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Inputting math symbols in Android

I need to input calculus and trigonometric notations in Android. How to input math symbols in Android?
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How do certain apps record everything we type in android?

Certain apps like Type Machine claim to be able to record everything you type. You have to install it and activate it from the device's accessibility settings, then it can somehow record typed text. ...
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How to add a new word to keyboard by backspacing and clicking on its suggestion?

It used to be that if I were to type a new word, like Androidenthusiast, it would suggest other words. I wouldn't select any, press space, backspace, and then it was there as a suggestion. If I ...
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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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Where's the auto-replace function of the keyboard

I've looked in the whole parameters of my Nexus 5 (Lollipop 5.1) and I can't find the way to customize the auto-replace function. What I want to do is simple, I want some abbreviation like asap to be ...
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Voice to text punctuation and new line in Spanish andorid 5

Does Android 5 recognize punctuation and new lines in Spanish voice-to-text?
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Typing in Web Browser (Firefox and Chrome) Text Boxes and Text Areas on Android is Awkward

There are several sites which have web browser text areas which you can type stuff in. When these sites are visited with Firefox or Chrome, and you want to enter more than 3 lines of text (for ...
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Htc Desire 820 - 'eh' word replaced by 'V'

Texting, whatsapp, url of browser, dictionary app or anywhere in the phone, the combination of letters 'eh' when occurred is always replaced with the letter 'V'. please help. Not sure why this is ...
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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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Can't change input language for Samsung Note 2 keyboard after a software update

I have been experiencing this problem for a while now. My keyboard is not working properly: usually I have input languages in Korean and Japanese and English, and I can just slide the space bar and ...
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Unicode input from a Bluetooth/external keyboard?

Is there a way that I can do Unicode character input on an external keyboard on Android 4.4? For example, on Linux, you hold Ctrl+Shift+U and then start inputting the code point. On Windows and OSX, ...
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Inputting Japanese characters?

I am not a Japanese speaker, but I know a few words, mostly Pokémon names... In fact, in many cases the Japanese name will pop up in my head before the English one. But I want to be able to type アブソル ...
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How do I stop floating the number keypad on Galaxy Note 8.0?

My Galaxy Note 8 displays a floating numeric keyboard when the inputType is number. How do I make it stop floating? It doesn't happen for other inputTypes, just this one. There's no option to change ...
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3x4 keypad only types numbers even when in the letter mode is shown

I hope anybody can help me out. Any tips would be very much appreciated! I changed the keyboard input mode from qwerty to 3x4, as I can't manage the small buttons of qwerty. I realize the 3x4 has a ...
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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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Larger edit area for SMS writing?

The Handcent app has a feature where with a click of a button I can switch to a larger edit area. This allowed me to preview my messages in whole before sending them off and edit them comfortably. ...
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Digital/Physical keyboard not sending input on occasion

Motorola Droid 3 Android verison: 2.3.4 System version: 5.7.906 System update report: "Your device is up to date! No update is necessary at this time." Phone's age: 1 year After unlocking my screen ...
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How can I emulate ctrl-Z (undo) in Android 4.1.2 on a Galaxy Note 3?

Based on this question and this question and this issue, it sounds like Android basically doesn't have undo/redo functionality. (I guess? Correct me if I've misunderstood or if the situation has ...
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How to cut and paste on Sony XPeria Z1?

Assuming a healthy phone, what is the normal procedure for cutting and pasting from editable text fields on Android? On my iPhone this pops up after selecting text, but I cannot even select the text ...
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