Android keyboard shortcuts


Zeynel Öztürk -
6 years ago
- Shortcuts

Android is a touch centric operating system, but when you connect a keyboard to your smartphone or tablet, it supports some keyboard shortcuts out of the box. They aren't going to remove the need to use touchscreen, but they're perfectly useful for basic tasks.


Go back

Ctrl + Esc


Alt + Space

Search page

Say "Ok Google" to start voice search.
Alt + Tab

Switch between tasks

or Alt + ↑   Shift + Tab
↑   Shift + Del

Delete the character to the right of the cursor

Alt + Del

Delete an entire line

↑   Shift then ↑   Shift

Activate caps-lock; press Shift once more to exit

Alt +

Move cursor to beginning of line

Alt + →:

Move cursor to end of line

Alt +

Move cursor to top of page

Alt +

Move cursor to bottom of page

↑   Shift +   

Highlight text for cutting or copying

+ X

Cut text (will cut all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)

+ C

Copy text to clipboard (will copy all text on-screen unless specific characters are highlighted)

+ V

Paste text from clipboard

+ A

Select all text in the current field


Go to next page in any web page or document

↑   Shift + Space

Go to previous page in any web page or document

+ I

Zoom in

+ O

Zoom out

+ J

Go back a page

+ K

Go forward a page

+ R

Refresh current page

+ F

Find on page

+ B

Open bookmarks

+ S

Open social network sharing menu

+ H

View browsing history

+ S

Open browser settings


Forward current message (works only while inside the message)


Reply to current message (works only while inside the message)


Reply-all to current message (works only while inside the message)


Archive message (works from within message or while on main inbox list)

+ U

Refresh inbox

+ C

Compose new e-mail

⤶ Enter

Open an e-mail (from the main inbox list)

Alt +

Jump to top of inbox

Alt +

Jump to bottom of inbox

Win + B

Open browser

Win + C

Open contacts

Win + E

Open e-mail

Win + G

Open Gmail

Win + I

Open calendar

Win + M

Open Maps

Win + P

Open music

Win + S

Open text messaging

Win + Y

Open YouTube

If these keyboard shortcuts doesn't seem to cut it, you can create your own keyboard shortcuts with External Keyboard Helper.

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Program information

Program name: Android Android (Productivity)

Android is mobile operating system focused on touchscreen devices. Developed by Google, it's based on a modified version of Linux kernel.

Last update: 12/26/2019 7:59 AM UTC

How easy to press shortcuts: 68%

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Updated: Updated program information. (3 updates.) 12/26/2019 8:54:33 AM Updated program information.
12/26/2019 8:55:05 AM Updated program information.
12/26/2019 9:01:13 AM Updated program information.

Shortcut count: 47

Platform detected: Windows or Linux (not macOS)

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Steel7 OP says : 17 months ago 5/8/2022 8:06 PM
Is there a shortcut to turn on Mobile data and Wifi?

BestGuest OP says : 24 months ago 10/2/2021 6:35 PM
Looking far and wide to find a shortcut to open "settings" somehow with a shortcut... dead screen, no wifi, usb debugging is off. please help!

Guest says in reply to BestGuest : 17 months ago 5/8/2022 8:11 PM
what I did was, I WENT TO a shop which had brand new screens and tricked them into fixing one on just to check it out, when they did I quickly turned on USB debugging. But there is still an issue when I connect it to the PC because it won't pair.

BestGuest OP says in reply to BestGuest : 17 months ago 5/8/2022 8:17 PM
I ended up doing an entire mapping of keyboard commands to enable assistive speech settings so I could navigate using the keyboard without seeing the screen.

Guest #Fn + 8 says in reply to BestGuest : 34 days ago 8/20/2023 9:44 PM
What did you find for the keyboard shortcut to open Settings? I have the same issue and you may be my only hope.

Thanks in advance!

Guest #Fn + 0 OP says in reply to Guest #Fn + 8 : 34 days ago 8/20/2023 11:54 PM
This is going back quite a bit. I have 3 text files I created. Which android version so I can narrow it down? Created for 9 and 10. I believe my situation had 10. Hope you can make sense of it. lmk

Guest #Fn + 0 OP says in reply to Guest #Fn + 0 : 34 days ago 8/21/2023 12:02 AM
stuff for 9, 10 and 11 in my notes. lmk, then i guess ill pastebin or something.

Guest #Fn + 8 says in reply to Guest #Fn + 0 : 33 days ago 8/21/2023 1:17 PM
Android 4.4.2 KitKat. But I will take any suggestions.

I don't believe there is a standard keyboard shortcut to access/launch Settings on Android 4.x but I am looking for any keyboard shortcut combination suggestions that you might have to open Settings.

Thank you!

Sonomaholiday OP says : 3 years ago 7/29/2020 5:24 AM
Bluetooth keyboard no mouse- fire stick - need to move cursor to select text in remote and shell - I cannot find out how to do this anywhere on the internet and I’ve been looking for 2 hours

Keyboard is artech hb030b

Thank you

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk Admin says in reply to Sonomaholiday : 3 years ago 7/29/2020 7:59 AM
Does above shorcuts (Shift + arrow keys) work?

ishak OP says : 4 years ago 5/16/2019 3:48 AM
how to close application

Guest says in reply to ishak : 19 months ago 3/10/2022 3:32 PM
1. First win + enter to see running apps
2. Scroll to the app with arrow keys or tab. They behave a little different, e.g. with arrows I had to go down from search field with arrow down and then select app with left/right arrow
3. Delete