When it comes to typing, nothing can compete like a hardware keyboard or a mouse. Even with the latest smartphones or note pads, the virtual keyboards are not great at speed. So in case you want to ease at typing and enhance your work efficiency, you need to attach a hardware keyboard or mice. Depending on the connectivity options on your Android device, you can attach these input devices either through a cable or through wireless.
Option-1 USB OTG
All the latest Android smartphones support the USB keyboards or mice. You simply have to get an OTG (On-the-Go) cable to do so. The cable has a micro USB port at the one end (that fits on the charging port of phone) and a USB Female port on the other end to connect a USB keyboard.
There are various variants of the USB cables available online. Following are the best USB cables and pick the one that suits your needs.
Micro USB to USB 3.0 Type A
This a single cable that connects micro USB on the smartphone and the second end of the cable to keyboard. You can connect only one device at a time. The devices that you can connect include keyboard, mouse, flash-drive, game controllers and battery banks.
Type C USB to USB 3.0 Type A
This cable is for USB Type- C supported smartphones. These are reasonably priced cables that can be used on all the Type-C port phones, Chromebooks or Apple MacBook. Apart from connecting keyboard you can connect any USB device and transfer files at a speed of up to 5 GB.
Micro USB Hub
Hub is another option which let you connect both keyboard and Mouse to a smartphone. This hub comes with multiple number of USB female Type-A ports for simultaneously connecting the charger, pen-drive and much more. Like mono-cables, the hubs are also available with Type-C USB Hub as well as Micro USB port Hub.
Option-2 Bluetooth Connectivity
If your Android device does not support OTG cables, do not lose hope since this option lets you connect your keyboard or mouse wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. You just need to turn on the Bluetooth of your smartphone, search for a keyboard/mouse and pair them. That’s it.
Improve productivity by connecting the keyboard to an Android phone
Once you make a connection either through a cable or Bluetooth, setting up the keyboard is an easy step. You just need to select the keyboard layout as per your region. All the keys including Enter, page down/up work well and you can also use the PrtSc (print-screen) the same way you use it to take screenshots on a windows PC. You can enjoy most of the functionality of the keyboard but at the same time, you will surely miss the use of emojis or other effects. Overall, you can work on Android just like on a laptop with these connectivity options. Compared to working on a laptop, you get a better battery backup, a low-cost device, and better flexibility with an Android device.