This is the first of a number of tutorials for my app External Keyboard Helper. This tutorial will help you doing a basic setup to get you started.
But first a couple of things to keep in mind:
- There is a free demo version. Try that first if you have the slightest doubt that this is the app for you.
- If your keyboard isn't working att all with your device in the first place, then my app will not help you.
Now you need to check the little checkbox to enable the new input method.
This is a legit warning and is the very reason why I warned about using pirated and resigned input methods.
That being done, let's enter the settings and see what we can find.
The first time you enter the settings it will read your language and locale settings and try to autodetect which layout you might want to use. Since I've configured my phone to English (United States) when making the screenshots it autodetected English (US) layout. However, since I live in Sweden and my keyboard has a Swedish layout I am not satisfied with the automatic detection and instead manually selects the Swedish layout.
Lastly for External Keyboard Helper to do anything it needs to be selected as the active input method. There are several ways to select the active input method and the method is different between Android 2.x and Android 3.x/4.x. However one way to do it is to start the app icon for External Keyboard Helper (again).
This time, when External Keyboard Helper has been enabled, it will ask you what you want the app icon to do.
For this example I choose Show Input Method selector (you can change this later if you want) and it will present the Input Method selection dialog.
I choose External Keyboard Helper Pro as the new active Input Method. Whenever I want the virtual keyboard back I can repeat this procedure and change it back. By default it will also show this dialog whenever a Bluetooth keyboard is connected or disconnected.
So now I have enabled the External Keyboard Helper input method and configured it to use the Swedish layout. Then I selected the External Keyboard Helper to be the active input method and now or setup is complete and I can start using my external keyboard.
This is the end of tutorial 1 and in the next tutorial we will remap a couple of keys that does not work right with the predefined layout on my Targus iPad keyboard.