How To Connect Keyboard & Mouse To Android

Have you ever wondered if you could use a Bluetooth mouse for android phone usage? Or, did you want to attach an external keyboard for android mobile phones?

Many people search for an Android USB keyboard app or an Android USB mouse, however, there are much simpler solutions. Here’s how to connect a keyboard and mouse to any Android smartphone or tablet.

 On-the-Go Cable Connection (OTG)

I know. Many of you want to connect mouse to android without OTG, but, this method is one of the easiest and quickest tablet keyboard and mouse combo options available.

Before you proceed, ensure that your device supports On-the-Go (OTG) connections. Most newer Android devices do support OTG. Check with the manufacturer of your particular device to verify. Or do a quick Google search.

  • Buy an On-the-Go (OTG) hub (USB-C Model or Micro-USB Model). The latter is best if you want to connect a mouse and keyboard to your Android at the same time. However, if you’re only connecting one device and your Android has a USB-C port, you can purchase a USB-C to USB OTG cable. Although, micro-USB models are also available.
  • Connect a USB keyboard and/or mouse to the hub or cable, then connect the hub or cable to your Android device.

Voila! That’s all there is to it. Most Androids have full support for any USB keyboard and mouse. So, no need to be picky when buying your gear.

Bluetooth

To connect a Bluetooth mouse to an Android, your Android version must be Android OS 3.0 or higher. The same is true for Bluetooth keyboards. Once you have the pre-requisites:

  • Power on the keyboard/mouse.
  • Under “Settings” > “Bluetooth” on your Android, find the device.
  • Pair the keyboard and/or mouse like you would any other Bluetooth device.

You can go ahead and use your external peripherals to control your Android device now. You should note that it may not be possible to charge an Android device through the micro-USB port while another hardware device is connected to it. Read here for connecting a projector to your Android and Play Music From Phone To Car: Connect Android To Car Radio.