Your android tv box (no matter what brand is) comes with an onscreen keyboard that you can control with your remote. This works fine when you are looking for a movie, a song or a tv show. But you’ll face a difficult time when you are trying to type more characters than usual. Being able to use a USB keyboard would make this process easier than an onscreen keyboard. I will show you how to connect a USB keyboard to an android tv box and some more.
To connect a USB keyboard to an android tv box
To connect a USB keyboard to an android tv box, your android tv box must have a USB port. If it’s OK, then plug your USB keyboard into the android tv box’s USB port. Now follow the onscreen steps you’ll get.
However, some old keyboard doesn’t work with your android tv box. Make sure you have a compatible keyboard.
As you initially thought it’s easy to connect a USB keyboard to an android tv box, but you may find some errors for sure. If not, you are a lucky one! Not all keyboards work with android tv boxes and there is not always a USB port. In the next section of this article, I will explain how to solve these problems and some recommended products for you.
Reason for connecting a USB keyboard to an android tv box
The main reason is to make your android tv box more efficient and convenient. It’s a headache to type using your onscreen keyboard to browse movies, music, websites and more… Because you have to scroll through every letter of the onscreen keyboard to type the one you want.
Imagine typing a text message to a friend or creating an email to send to your boss (Just imagine you don’t have a mobile phone or a laptop). Also how to do type on the web browser? If you use a USB keyboard you can type messages, compose an email and type any command the same way you do on your mobile phone or laptop.
Not all keyboard works with your android tv box
Not all keyboards work with every android tv box, because specifications do vary with manufacture. Maybe your keyboard works with the Mi android tv box (which is best in the market), but not with another brand.
If you’re trying to connect a USB keyboard to an android tv box that already you have, first refer to the user’s manual. Most of the time keyboard manufacturers list compatible smart devices in the manual. the same thing applies to the android tv box manufacturers as well.
Even all of these things are okay, the technology of both devices might not be compatible. For example USB 3.0 and USB 1.0 devices.
No USB ports
To connect a USB keyboard to the android tv box, your android tv box must have a USB port in it. If the device doesn’t have a USB port, you cannot bypass the other port. Your android tv box won’t recognize your keyboard. This happens mostly on low price android tv boxes. Almost all branded android tv boxes have at least one USB port.
Sometime tv box might have USB type C ports. In that case, you have to you a converter (otg device) that you can for few bucks. Refer to the manual of the device for supporting devices that the manufacturer mention. If you don’t have manual try google with the following term.
” Your android box’s brand” + model + ” user’s manual “
There can still be issues with connecting the USB keyboard to the android tv box. If you connect all the devices properly, that might be a problem with the setup. In such a case disconnect the keyboard and restart your tv box. Then connect the keyboard again and follow the setup again. Restart again and you’ll be good to go.