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Android P will allow you to use your phone as a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard Android P may allow your phone to work as a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse
| 09 March, 2018, 10:23

Samsungs latest DeX dock allows the Galaxy S9 to be used as a trackpad, a feature that Huawei already supported in its own PC mode and Microsoft in its Continuum before that. Microsoft, with its "Continuum" mode had introduced a similar feature earlier.

To be able to use your phone as a wireless mouse or a keyboard, the operating system needs to have a Bluetooth HID profile integrated in the Bluetooth stack.

Requiring root to use this feature makes it hard for a vast majority of users.


A patch adding support for the Bluetooth HID was committed in 2016, but the functionality was disabled for future Android releases. Instead, Google made a decision to surprise everyone with an unexpected Android P release on Wednesday, and Android fans spent the rest of the day checking out all of the new features baked into Google's newest OS.

Having said that, there are some root-enabled apps now available on Google Play Store that allow you to enable Bluetooth HID support and use you phones as a Bluetooth keyboard. The appropriate APIs are now unhidden for developers to use so that their apps will be able to work with the keyboard and mouse-like capabilities on phones running Android P.

Using a phone as a trackpad might be useful to control workplace presentations, or as a media remote whenever there is better solution. Right now, the update doesn't add a lot in the way of features for the average user - and Google discourages regular people from installing it - but that will change as we get closer to release this fall. There is a new feature, though, that locks down your device with the push of a button.

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