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Old October 8th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to install HTC keyboard Step-by-step

Please Note: This guide was made when the X10 was on 1.6/2.1 - It's now on 2.3 so some steps may be out of out date!


Alot of people seem to have continuous problems installing the HTC keyboard, so last week rosered asked me to write a fool-proof step-by-step guide for those users. So after getting back from my short vacation I decided to write a step-by-step guide which also includes screenshots to make it easier for you

First of all I will explain how to install the original HTC keybaord, then I will tell you where to customize your own HTC keyboard for those of you that prefer it customized

How to install the HTC keybaord on your Xperia X10

Before you start, make sure your phone is set to allow apps from unknown sources. To enable this, go to Settings > Applications and make sure Unknown Sources is checked

1. Download the HTC Keyboard here


Keyboard for Gingerbread HERE

2. Open the zip archive and copy the files to your desktop

AT&T users will not be able to install this keyboard using steps 3-8 as they cannot side load apps. If you are an AT&T user, scroll down to see the instructions at the bottom of this guide explaining how to install the HTC keyboard. When you have done that, go to step 9


3. Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable, drag down the notification bar on your Xperia and tap "USB COnnected" then tap "Mount". Alternatively, some people prefer to slide the SD card into a Memory Card slot on your computer

4. Copy the HTC Keyboard files from your desktop, into a directory on your phone that you will remember (in my example I will use the 'downloads' directory

5. Disconnect your phone from the usb cable (or put the SD card back into your phone if you used a memory card slot)

6. Open your file manager. If you do not have one, download ASTRO from the market, it is completely free and in my opinion, it's the best on the market (it must be a file manager than is capable of handling .apk files)

7. Locate to the directory you saved the keybaord files (in my example it is the 'downloads' folder)

8. Open the HTC_IME.apk & Clicker.apk files, and install them. I have included some screenshots below, for those using ASTRO



9. The keyboard should now be installed. You now need to active it. To do this, go to the home screen, press MENU, choose Settings, then choose Locale & Text. Ensure 'HTC_IME mod' is ticked (see image below) Please note in 2.1 look for Language and Keyboard



10. Now long press on any text input box, and choose 'Input Method', then choose 'HTC_IME mod'.



You now have the HTC Keyboard



If you prefer a customized HTC keyboard, with your own colors and the option of having an image on your space bar, go to http://www.gimpsta.com/themer/




AT&T users cannot sideload apps so steps 3-8 will not work for you. Just follow the instructions below to install the keyboard to your phone, then go back to step 9 above and continue from there For this to work you must make sure you've installed the Windows USB driver for your phone and make sure that .NET 4 is installed on your computer

1. Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your phone. If it is not, go to Settings, tap 'Applications' then 'Development' and make sure 'USB debugging' is checked

2. Download the Android Sideload Wonder Maching here. Extract the 'AC-SWM' folder to a folder on your computer that you will easily remember.

3. Connect your USB cable to your phone and the computer.

4. Open the 'AC-SWM' folder and double click 'AndroidCentral-SWM.exe' to run the program

5. Click 'Choose a file' and browse the files you saved for the HTC Keyboard. Load one at a time, and click 'Go'. Repeat for each of the 2 Keyboard files

6. Follow any instructions in the command window then your Keyboard will be successfully installed

You can also see an instruction video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzs_1DeSgWI

This software can also be used to sideload other apps to your AT&T android phone

Now go back up to the top to step 9 and continue from there



I hope this little tutorial helps many people

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OMGosh. Why don't Sony do their manual like that...for dummies like me!!

Thank you so much.
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Beautiful Cubz! Thank you. You have now also been added to the sticky X10 thread too so hopefully lots of people can access this. It sounds complicated but in truth its really easy.

Small Warning: AT&T users will not be able to use this keyboard as they cannot side load apps.

You can also change the qwerty to an old keypad style keyboard which I like if I have to text one thumbed...

Menu>Settings>Locale & Text>HTC_IME Mod settings>Gestures and I have the swype right function set to cycle keyboard and then scroll down further and you can select what keyboards you want, qwerty, compact qwerty and phone keypad.

If anyone has any other great tips for this keyboard then feel free to add them.
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Thanks rosered I forgot about the AT&T users, but I have now added a small guide at the bottom, explaining how AT&T users can install it too .

If i've missed anything else, let me know and I will edit it
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Thanks rosered I forgot about the AT&T users, but I have now added a small guide at the bottom, explaining how AT&T users can install it too .

If i've missed anything else, let me know and I will edit it
Great idea CuBs, thank you.

Couple of pointers on the AC - SWM, the app file needs to be in the SWM folder or it will not find it. Also the device should be connected with USB debugging enabled before turning on the computer or the computer may not find it, at least with Windows XP.
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Great idea CuBs, thank you.

Couple of pointers on the AC - SWM, the app file needs to be in the SWM folder or it will not find it. Also the device should be connected with USB debugging enabled before turning on the computer or the computer may not find it, at least with Windows XP.
The youtube video does not say that so I've just tried it myself without putting the app file in the SWM folder, and it worked fine, also I did already explain that Debugging must be on
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Thanks for that CuBz, that is a really good guide and worked flawlessly for me.

I am not trying to steel your thunder here, but I just wanted to post a couple of hints about customised skins that I have discovered whilst (successfully) installing one.

First, your link takes you to a site that you have to register with, easy peasy

Second, creating your personal skin is very simple. click "create custom skin from scratch" then pick a version, I chose V27 hi res, choose background, key colour, text on keys colour etc. You can upload an image for the space bar, but it must not exceed 100 px wide by 62px high. You can do a google image search and specify image size, I found searching for 60 by 60 images seems to generate most results.

Third, when you have made all your choises, you can preview you new keyboard, and if you like it, generate it. when you hit the generate button you will be given a QR code. Scan this (with barcode scanner) and open in browser.
This will download the skin.

Fourth, open up your file explorer, go to download, find the gimpsta file you have just downloaded, long press and "extract to", click ok, and when the files have extracted you will have a new folder in your download folder, click on this (gimpsta) folder and install.

Fifth, go and send someone a text on your fancy new keyboard.

I know some of you wont like this, but I just made myself a rather snazzy Manchester City FC (Gods own football team) keyboard.
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I know some of you wont like this, but I just made myself a rather snazzy Manchester City FC (Gods own football team) keyboard.
Hi-jack alert! One of the very few football songs I know is about your team, but as it was taught to me by my husband who is a supporter of the other major team in your great city I won't repeat it here!

Back to topic... Nice description Slugpace of how to do the gimpsta modification. This thread is shaping up nicely! Good team work.

Cubz, maybe you could just put a small note to say refer to post #7 for fuller instructions next to the Gimpsta bit.
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Hi-jack alert! One of the very few football songs I know is about your team, but as it was taught to me by my husband who is a supporter of the other major team in your great city I won't repeat it here!

Back to topic... Nice description Slugpace of how to do the gimpsta modification. This thread is shaping up nicely! Good team work.

Cubz, maybe you could just put a small note to say refer to post #7 for fuller instructions next to the Gimpsta bit.
Your husband is a very smart man haha
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Anyone else have a problem with ASWM? My computer simply does not detect my sony ericsson. Im running windows 7 64 bit. I checked on the ASWM forums and other people are having the same problem and have yet to find a fix.
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Anyone else have a problem with ASWM? My computer simply does not detect my sony ericsson. Im running windows 7 64 bit. I checked on the ASWM forums and other people are having the same problem and have yet to find a fix.
Have you tried plugging your phone in prior to turning on your computer?

If it still doesn't work, try downloading SDK tools and getting your device recognized by SDK first.

Death Star aka at & t sure likes to make life difficult

Off Topic, I just figured out the the magnifying glass symbol below the volume control is camera zoom - where have I been, geez!
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Have you tried plugging your phone in prior to turning on your computer?

If it still doesn't work, try downloading SDK tools and getting your device recognized by SDK first.

Death Star aka at & t sure likes to make life difficult

Off Topic, I just figured out the the magnifying glass symbol below the volume control is camera zoom - where have I been, geez!
Thanks! Updating the SDK tools worked. But now i have another problem.. I am trying to install the files with astro but it says the install has been blocked, " For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in Android Market"
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Thanks! Updating the SDK tools worked. But now i have another problem.. I am trying to install the files with astro but it says the install has been blocked, " For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in Android Market"
Yes that is ATT blocking side loading. You can not load with Astro, you have to use SWM to load any app that is not in the Market.


It is a pain but you will eventually either get used to it or give up sideloading apps.
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AHHH im stupid. I was suppose to skip step 8..Hhaha, THanks Cubz and charlyee. it worked!
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AHHH im stupid. I was suppose to skip step 8..Hhaha, THanks Cubz and charlyee. it worked!
Glad it worked for you.

Hope all you non - ATT people are feeling sorry for us *under privileged* ones :P
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i know i have posted about this keyboard before - but just so users can see what can be done with this keyboard via http://www.gimpsta.com/themer/ here we go - (i will delete/remove if requested)

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Sorry guys - photobucket deleted my pics - i'm elsewhere with my keyboard
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Great guide Cubz, thank you... wouldn't have tried this mod without your guide. It's too bad that as an ATT user I had to debrand to be able to sideload apps.. the SDK workaround worked *one time* with Sideload Wonder Machine, then for some reason, Windows reloaded its it own (incorrect) ADB drivers again the next time I plugged my phone in, so SWM did not identify my phone.. But I am lovin the HTC keyboard with the skins I created over at gimpsta's site.

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i know i have posted about this keyboard before - but just so users can see what can be done with this keyboard via
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Nooooooooooo Mr Womble we don't want to see St James Park again. Be careful or I will put a picture up of our local ground, Priestfields.... eat your heart out
The only ground I want to look at is Old Trafford Unless people have a picture of Manchester United's ground, they might as well have their background image as dog poop
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The only ground I want to look at is Old Trafford Unless people have a picture of Manchester United's ground, they might as well have their background image as dog poop
Do you want me to change it for the theatre of dreams for you and send it over ?

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Do you want me to change it for the theatre of dreams for you and send it over ?

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I'm fine with the plain old HTC keyboard the customized ones seem smaller to me, they're probably not but they seem to be to me haha
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wow thanks, finally downloaded it! really needed that step by step!
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Hey, I just tried to install it, it went smooth looks really nice. However, the minute I put my locale in french (I'm french canadian), the keyboard swaps to an AZERTY one which sucks lol. There is no option to put it in QWERTY if I have my locale in french. And even if I put it to english, the keyboard that is QWERTY is only the english one so I can't do any accent and dictionary gets english as well. Any ideas of what I could do?
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can you guys help me with the sideload, i cant get the phone recognized...
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Hey, I just tried to install it, it went smooth looks really nice. However, the minute I put my locale in french (I'm french canadian), the keyboard swaps to an AZERTY one which sucks lol. There is no option to put it in QWERTY if I have my locale in french. And even if I put it to english, the keyboard that is QWERTY is only the english one so I can't do any accent and dictionary gets english as well. Any ideas of what I could do?
I might have misunderstood this, but if you hold down a letter, say c, some options come up for you to choose from. You can then slide your finger to the right to highlight what you need, a squiggle underneath, or little lines on top.

Also in settings, Locale & text, when I set mine to French Canadian I still had QWERTY keyboard. Try scolling down to HTC_IME mod "settings"

Getting my phone back into English was a barrel of laughs.

I once had a mate who at every opertunity would set anyones phone he could lay his hands on into Greek.
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I once had a mate who at every opertunity would set anyones phone he could lay his hands on into Greek.
Lol funny :P. Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, when I go to HTC_IME settings,as you can see my keyboard types are AZERTY Only, even if keyboard language is English or French. I really need to change the locale of my phone (so all the display gets in english) in order to get the QWERTY keyboard to show up. And then, when I go back to keyboard language and select French again, my choices are only AZERTY. See screenshot below.
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@ dgiaffe

in my locale settings I have Francais (France) which gives me the AZERTY keyboard and I also have Francais (Canada) which gives me QWERTY.

Edit: I'm with you now, when keyboard language is set to english the board is QWERTY,
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Yea and even set to Francais (Canada), I do have AZERTY on my side... Supposed to be QWERTY for sure. Anyways, I'll check that out. Thanks for your replies
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can you guys help me with the sideload, i cant get the phone recognized...
Download Android SDK and get your phone recognised by that software first, works for most

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Old October 12th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Even though I already know how to do this, you are quite the life saver for a lot of people Cubz. Keep up the great work!
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Sorry for being such a noob. Having the same problem with AT&T with it not recognizing my phone with sideloader. I tried the advice for s1225m to get it to recognize it with SDK first. I down loaded an SDK but, don't know how to get it connected to the SDK and I've spent like a day and a half and am getting frustrated. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Excellent Guides.

I just created my first custom keyboard....nothing to fancy and followed the guides for downloading onto my phone. Unfortunately, when I try to install it, I only get an option to "uninstall". My question is, must I uninstall the original HTC keyboard first, and then install my new custom keyboard.
2nd question is if I create another custom keyboard and download it, will it have the same name, if so, how can I tell my custom keyboards apart.

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I have always renamed them on my PC .. eg Gimpsta_red, Gimpsta_pink etc.

Then once copied across to the phone you can decide which one you want and when you open it you should be able to install and your new one does overwrite the existing onerunning but doesn't overwrite the actual file if that makes sense. Try downloading Linda file manager instead of Astro and see if that gives you an option for package installer and asks if you want to replace application.

I have a file on my SD card called HTC and it has the original Jonasl plus four Gimpsta ones in different colours. Being a fickle girl I change them to suit my wallpaper.

Let me know how you get on.
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I know some of you wont like this, but I just made myself a rather snazzy Manchester City FC (Gods own football team) keyboard.
Hi Slugpace,

Any chance I might be able to download a copy of your keyboard. I was infact a City fan before moving to Canada, even though I don't follow football to closely anymore it would make sense to jump all over the Blues bandwagon while their off to a good start
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Thanks Rosered,

So I should download to my pc rather than my phone and rename them first. I will try that later today.

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So I should download to my pc rather than my phone and rename them first. I will try that later today.

Cheers.
It's just the way I do it as I had some problems with downloading it straight to the phone using the QR code from Gimpsta's site. But then I wasn't sure that I hadn't inadvertently selected the Froyo version in error on the last keyboard I did. So I rebuilt it and did it via my PC as the QR code thing is a newer modification than when I did the other keyboards and I'd never had a problem doing it via PC.
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Sorry for being such a noob. Having the same problem with AT&T with it not recognizing my phone with sideloader. I tried the advice for s1225m to get it to recognize it with SDK first. I down loaded an SDK but, don't know how to get it connected to the SDK and I've spent like a day and a half and am getting frustrated. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Hi there, try having your device with USB debugging enabled, connected to your computer prior to turning on your computer.

Let us know if that works, it maynot be necessary to use SDK tools.
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Alot of people seem to have continuous problems installing the HTC keyboard, so last week rosered asked me to write a fool-proof step-by-step guide for those users. So after getting back from my short vacation I decided to write a step-by-step guide which also includes screenshots to make it easier for you

I hope this little tutorial helps many people
CuBz, great app mate! Cheers to you, i got a new keyboard and much more better than the previous! Thanks again....
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Sorry for being such a noob. Having the same problem with AT&T with it not recognizing my phone with sideloader. I tried the advice for s1225m to get it to recognize it with SDK first. I down loaded an SDK but, don't know how to get it connected to the SDK and I've spent like a day and a half and am getting frustrated. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Make sure USB debugging is enabled on your phone. If it is not, go to Settings, tap 'Applications' then 'Development' and make sure 'USB debugging' is checked. If you have already done that or it still doesn't work after doing that, try a different USB port on your computer, that worked for me good luck
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i dont have the setting where it says "unknown sources"
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I still dont think the HTC board is any better than the stock one. i still miss some keys when typing. the only thing i like is the .com button. i miss the ? button from the stock keypad :

i might switch back.

question to all of you... do you turn the phone to landscape when tpying? or keep it vertical? i like tpying in landscape because the keys are bigger and i dont mispell that often but its annoying to have to keep changing the way i hold it. errrr. i miss my pull out physical querty keypad on my old HTC dream brick of a phone lol
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i dont have the setting where it says "unknown sources"
Are you with AT&T by any chance? If so, follow the instructions at the bottom of the post, listed for AT&T users


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I still dont think the HTC board is any better than the stock one. i still miss some keys when typing. the only thing i like is the .com button. i miss the ? button from the stock keypad :

i might switch back.

question to all of you... do you turn the phone to landscape when tpying? or keep it vertical? i like tpying in landscape because the keys are bigger and i dont mispell that often but its annoying to have to keep changing the way i hold it. errrr. i miss my pull out physical querty keypad on my old HTC dream brick of a phone lol
I use the HTC keyboard vertically, it was hard to press the right keys at first but I got used to it and can now type fast, correctly (most of the time)
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This mod is the best I've found in the last 4 days of having a X10. Thank you for the guide.
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I still dont think the HTC board is any better than the stock one.
I can absolutely guarantee that it is in at least one way.

I type VERY fast, even on an on-screen keyboard I can really fly. The stock keyboard could never keep up. It lagged and lagged, and while it did register every key-stroke thank goodness, it was always several WORDS behind me in the motions of the on-screen keys being pressed, which was extremely difficult for me as the typer haha. It would throw me off.

The HTC keyboard? No lag at all, no matter how fast I fly on it.

A definite improvement.
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Thanks man this was a great help.
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for some reason i cant get this to work, i guess it could be because i have have this "Before you start, make sure your phone is set to allow apps from unknown sources. To enable this, go to Settings > Applications and make sure Unknown Sources is checked "
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Can't get it to work either. When I choose to install the app it just shows the same page asking if I want to install over and over everytime I press install. DL'ing SDK now so will see. Booting PC with phone connected did nothing. Win7 64bit.

EDIT: Is the SDK DL'ing the entire internet?!? And why is it DL'ing things it claims to be obsolete?!?

EDIT: Solved! I reinstalled FW twice. First time i installd the apps before the HTC keypad and got the same problems. Couldn't install som other apps not found in Marked neither. The second time I installed the HTC first and then the other non-marked apps and finally the rest from marked. Now it looks as if everything is OK. At least until 2.1 arrives whitch should be soon since I live in Norway and have a non-branded phone. Or at least I hope it arrives soon...
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