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Video: Correct Layout For Bluetooth Keyboards (Android Essentials)
2023 Author: Sheila Hailey | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 11:17
In order to have a working QWERTZ layout - provided, of course, a German keyboard is to be used - this must be specified (from Android 4.1) in the "Language & input" settings. As soon as the corresponding keyboard is connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, all you have to do is select the German layout. To do this, first select the hardware keyboard in the “ Input method ” option popup“(This option can be found in the notification bar as soon as you are in a text entry field), which is usually the case automatically after pairing a keyboard with an Android device. “ German (Android keyboard AOSP) ” must now be selected as the input method. If your device does not have the standard Android keyboard at all (this happens, for example, if manufacturers provide an Android device with its own user interface including its own keyboard and censor the standard keyboard (for whatever reason)), then take a look at “Plan B” below (German keyboard layout with SwiftKey).
Via " Set up input methods " you can access the settings for the "Physical keyboard". There the keyboard layout of the connected Bluetooth keyboard (in my case it can be found as "Broadcom Bluetooth HID") is usually set to " Automatic " - despite "German" as the selected system language, a QWERTY layout is usually used for the keyboard "spit out". Here, "German" must be selected as the layout (via "Set up keyboard layouts"), then it also works with the neighboring QWERTZ layout. The special characters now also normally work smoothly, but there may be problems with “@” and “€” in individual cases. If these characters cannot be generated with the usual key combinations "Alt Gr" & "Q" or "Alt Gr" & "E" in conjunction with a Bluetooth keyboard and the settings described under Android 4.1, it is time for Plan B.
German keyboard layout with SwiftKey
If you do not have an Android device with version 4.1 and the setting options described above, or for other reasons you have problems with a German keyboard layout under Jelly Bean, you should take a closer look at the following plan B: Thanks to Swiftkey (regardless of whether it is a tablet, smartphone or official beta version), it is easy to get a working QWERTY layout.
To do this, the corresponding Bluetooth keyboard must be connected to the Android tablet or smartphone and Swiftkey must be selected as the input method. In the Swiftkey settings, the options " Physical Keyboard Layout " or " Layout of external keyboards " are hidden behind " Advanced " or " Advanced ". There only " German " has to be selected as layout and the connected hardware Bluetooth keyboard then offers a German layout with umlauts and special characters including "@" and "€".
Unfortunately, Swiftkey does not guarantee that this works with any keyboard. For example, it can happen that all umlauts and special characters including “@” and “€” can be found in the right place, but “Y” and “Z” are interchanged. However, this is by no means as big a leg break as having to get by without umlauts. However, if your Bluetooth keyboard in connection with Swiftkey behaves as just described (apart from "Z" and "Y" everything works correctly "), it is quite possible that the official Swiftkey Beta also addresses this last" problem " the world creates. It is definitely worth a try.
If you still have problems with the keyboard layout of your Bluetooth keyboard (which we obviously don't hope for) or just want to get more out of the keyboard, then don't miss our second part of our "Bluetooth Keyboard Guide". There it is primarily a question of assigning any keys on Bluetooth keyboards with the desired apps and Android commands, i.e. setting up your keyboard according to your needs.