Handle keyboard input

The Android system shows an on-screen keyboard—known as a soft input method—when a text field in your UI receives focus. To provide the best user experience, you can specify characteristics about the type of input you expect, such as a phone number or email address, and how the input method must behave, such as performing autocorrect for spelling mistakes.

In addition to the on-screen input methods, Android supports hardware keyboards, so it's also important to optimize your app to support attached keyboards.

These topics and more are discussed in the following documentation.


Specify the input method type
Learn how to show certain soft input methods, such as those designed for phone numbers, web addresses, or other formats. Also, learn how to specify characteristics such as spelling suggestion behavior and action buttons such as Done or Next.
Handle input method visibility
Learn how to specify when to show the soft input method and how your layout must adjust to the reduced screen space.
Support keyboard navigation
Learn how to verify that users can navigate your app using a keyboard and how to make any necessary changes to the navigation order.
Handle keyboard actions
Learn how to respond directly to keyboard input for user actions.