Use your computer keyboard to type on your android phone via WiFi

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In this new age of advanced technology, one might think the possibilities are endless. That may be right. Android smartphones nowadays have built in keypads or touchscreens to type text, but you can also use your PC's or Laptop's keyboard to input messages into your device. All you need is an Android app, your keyboard, and WiFi.

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Downloading and Using the App Remote Keyboard

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    Download Remote Keyboard.
    This is the application you will use to connect your keyboard to your Android device via WiFi. You can download this application from the Google Play Store.
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    After the installation process, open the app and go through the start up instructions.
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    It will prompt you to select your preferred language.
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    Select "Remote Keyboard" as your default input method.
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After setting all your preferences, the application will give you the device's listening port and IP address. These are essential in connecting the device to a computer.

Connecting your Android device and computer keyboard

Connecting your Android device to a remote keyboard is accomplished by using a Telnet client on your computer. Most, if not all, operating systems, have a Telnet client installed in them. But if you feel intimidated or uncomfortable about something that sounds so "techie," you can download PuTTY as an alternative. PuTTY is an easy to use tool that allows you to open Telnet sessions.

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    Launch PuTTY or your Telnet client.
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    Enter the IP and listening port information given by the Remote Keyboard app, and place it in the appropriate fields.
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    Under "Connection Type," choose "Telnet".
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    After completing this, click on "Open".
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    A window similar to a Command Prompt window will open.
    It will display the status of the Telnet connection. You can start typing in this window and it will appear on your Android device.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Your Android device and computer must be connected to the same WiFi signal for this to work.
  • You can check the status of the connection by typing into the application's Test Field.

Advantages of Using the Regular Keyboard When Typing

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    It allows you to type faster.
    This is mainly because the keys are well positioned to suit the contours of one's hands. Also, keyboards are usually not as heavy as typewriter keyboards and at the same time not as light or sensitive as touchpads. Therefore, it matches the normal force and weight of hands that allow one to use it very comfortably.
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    It is not as sensitive as touchscreens when it comes to the movement of the wrist and hand.
    The normal problem with touchscreens is that there are certain movements of the hands that prompt the cursor to move to another direction right away. This can be very distracting especially if you are in a rush and do not have the time to keep on checking your work if you end up inserting unnecessary characters because of that movement of the cursor.
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    It will not hurt your wrist as much as it would if you are using the touchscreen.
    Touchscreens are very flat and awkward when you use them lying on the table. On the other hand, if you let your Tablet stand up on its holder, it will be positioned in an angle that's also not convenient for typing using all the fingers. Therefore, in the long run, typing with the touchscreen can cause more stress on the wrist and you may be in pain by the end of the day.
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    It allows you to type numbers faster.
    This is especially the case if your keyboard has a built in number pad on the right-hand side. You basically can just use one hand to quickly key in numbers.
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    It has the right amount of spacing between keys.
    Touchscreens are usually more cramped compared to regular keyboards. This is because touchscreens are said to be able to adapt eventually to the movement of the hand, so you do not really need to tap exactly on the field of the key. However, this may still be a problem especially if you are typing a lot or not yet used to the touchscreen.
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    It is not sensitive to dirt or oil.
    If you happen to be holding something oily or you put too much lotion on your hands, it may hamper the response from your touchscreen. It may not recognize some of the taps that you make. Also, if you happen to be wearing gloves, it just won't work. Keyboards will allow you to work no matter what the texture of your hand is, as long as you're hitting the right keys.
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Questions and Answers

I try to use Remote Keyboard to type on Mac and show on Android phone?

Both my Mac and Android phone are connected to WiFi on the same router. I use vSSH Lite on Mac, under Telnet protocol, but it does not connect to my phone. Why?

Using your Mac as a keyboard for your device requires a different process. Follow the steps below to learn how to use your Mac's keyboard for your Android phone:

  • Download the 1Keyboard app on your keyboard.
  • Connect your Android phone to your Mac via Bluetooth.
  • Open 1Keyboard.
  • Connect it to your Android phone.

You will now be able to type on your Android phone using your Mac's keyboard.

Work on Android phone through PC?

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How do I connect my Android to telnet? What do I type on the telnet command prompt? Thank you?

How do I connect my Android to telnet? What do I type on the telnet command prompt? Thank you.

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Which app do I download in my phone?

I don't know which app to download

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How can I unlock my phone if my keyboard won't show up?

My phone's keyboard crashed so I restart the phone, but then I have to enter the password to open it but the problem is my keyboard won't show up and I don't know what to do, please help.. I have tried: Nothing... I think it was caused by: My keyboard crashed..

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What should I type on test your connection here place?

When I am choosing input method remote keyboard, then after that, what should I type on test your connection here place

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How do I login with PuTTY (desktop) and remote keyboard?

I have downloaded the remote keyboard on my Android device. I have also downloaded PuTTY on my PC. I have followed all the steps given on the website. I used port 2323, host 0.0.0.0 but it has failed to connect.

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