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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by fennee, Feb 24, 2021.

  1. fennee

    fennee Lurker
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    Hi guys,

    I'm having difficulty signing into an app I've downloaded on my Google Pixel 4A. When I tap on either the Email Address or Password box, the keyboard doesn't open.

    So my question is simple. Is there any way of manually opening the keyboard, or perhaps jolting the phone into action? I've tried restarting the phone and reinstalling the app, and I'm still having the issue.

    I am running Android version 11. The app I'm attempting to sign into is called AtlasMission.

    Thanks in advance,


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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    That issue has nothing to do with the keyboard, it's a glitch within the app itself. Contact the developer of the app
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  3. fennee

    fennee Lurker
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    Thank you. I have also contacted the app developers regarding this. I'm still curious as to whether one can manually open the keyboard regardless.
  4. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Go to settings, apps, find your keyboard app, choose open...
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  5. fennee

    fennee Lurker
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    When you say 'Apps' I'm assuming you're referring to 'Apps and notifications', since there is no 'Apps' by itself.

    So within 'Apps and notifications' I can see the following. (See attachment)

    Within 'See all 99 Apps', I cannot see 'Keyboard app'. I was unaware the keyboard requires it's own app to run? I thought it's a part of the operating system

    Thanks so far.

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  6. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Some will be listed and some will not, depending on the manufacturer...
    You may be able to try settings, language and input, and find the keyboard from there...
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  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    If you have a Pixel 4a then your built-in keyboard app is called "GBoard" - Google's keyboard app.

    Everything in the OS that you interact with is an app: your home screens and app drawer are provided by an app called a "launcher" (in your case "Pixel Launcher"), your system settings are viewed and changed by an app called "Settings", etc. Many of these are the manufacturer's own apps rather than a core part of the OS (including the launcher, keyboard, message app, etc), and many of these can be replaced by an alternative of your choice.

    Sometimes a particular app doesn't play well with a particular keyboard, though given that GBoard is one of the most widely-used keyboard apps it would be spectacularly sloppy of the developer not to have tested that. So you could try installing a different app and see whether it makes a difference. But I just tried installing the app on my phone and tried with 3 different keyboard apps and it made no difference, so I believe that the problem is with the app rather than any particular keyboard.

    I don't know of a way of just bringing the keyboard up regardless, but it might not help even if you could. If the problem is that the app is failing to request input, and hence the keyboard is not appearing because no request for one has been made, then just opening the keyboard won't necessarily help.
  8. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I am wondering if a bluetooth keyboard could be a workaround, mostly because I just got one.
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  9. fennee

    fennee Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Perfect, thank you so much for your insightful response to my enquiry. Really really helpful. :)
    Have a great day.

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