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Connecting your bluetooth keyboard to an android device

The following instructions are pretty much generic, suitable for most keyboards, under Android 1.x and 2.x ...

This does not mean that they will suit your particular keyboard brand, but we certainly hope so!

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 Requirements:


First, you will need the drivers for your bluetooth keyboard. So you must ensure that such drivers are provided either with the keyboard itself or available for download from the web.




Pairing your Keyboard to the Android device:
  1. Put the keyboard into pairing mode and verify it is switched on.
  2. On your Android device go to “Settings”, then “Wireless controls” and then select “Bluetooth Settings”.
  3. Ensure that Bluetooth is turned on (the Bluetooth checkbox at the top is checked). Now click on “Scan for devices”.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, under “Bluetooth devices”, you will see your keyboard appear. Click on this to begin the pairing process.
  5. When asked for the PIN enter the default pin (look for it in your keyboard manual, usually it is 000) and then click ok.
  6. You will now see that your keyboard is paired OK, but not connected. Please note that the connection is controlled by the keyboard drivers so the keyboard will never show as being connected within this Bluetooth manager.

Installing the drivers:

Previously, you need to ensure that your android OS is accepting NON Android Market Applications installation:
  1. From the Home Screen press the menu button and select “Settings”.
  2. Within the “Settings” menu select “Applications”.
  3. Make sure that ”Unknown Sources” check box is ticked to allow the installation of non-Market applications.

After that, you need to either download the drivers from the web, or copy them from a removable media or network location. When you have the driver file in your android device, you do the following:
  1. click on it to begin the installation process.
  2. You will get a message saying what parts of the OS the keyboard will interact with. Click on ok to continue the installation.
Activating the drivers and connecting the bluetooth mini keyboard:
  1. On your Android device go to “Settings”.
  2. From the “Settings” menu select “Locale & Text” (if you are on Android 1.x) or “Language and Keyboard” (if you are on Android 2.x).
  3. Under “Text Settings” ensure that your keyboard name / brand is ticked. (This does NOT have to be exclusive. You can have multiple items ticked).
  4. Ensure your keyboard is turned on and click on your keyboard settings.
  5. Click on “Connect” and after a few seconds this will change to “disconnect” and your keyboard is now connected.
  6. Now you need to select your bluetooth keyboard as the input method. Click on the “Type here to test your keyboard”.
  7. Hold (Long Press) your finger on the text entry box that pops up for a few seconds and release.
  8. On the “Edit Text” menu click on “Input Method” and then select your keyboard name / brand.
  9. Your keyboard will now be connected and configured. Now when you have finished using the keyboard just switch it off. When you wish to use it again switch it back on, wait a few seconds for it to automatically reconnect and then just use it.