How to use a virtual on-screen keyboard on BlueStacks 5

How will this help?

You can use a virtual keyboard on BlueStacks 5 to type inside an app if you do not want to use your physical keyboard connected to your PC. 

This article will guide you on how to:


How can I enable the virtual keyboard?

1. Launch BlueStacks and open the "System apps" folder on your BlueStacks home screen.

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2. Here, click on the icon for "Settings".

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3. On the Settings page, click on "Select IME", as shown below.

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4. Within the IME (Input Method) settings, find the option "Enable OnScreen Keyboard"

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5. Now, click on the slider next to "Enable OnScreen Keyboard", so that it turns green.

NOTE: Enabling the virtual keyboard will disable your physical keyboard. In order to start using your physical keyboard again, you will have to disable the on-screen keyboard in these settings.

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6. The virtual keyboard will now be enabled for BlueStacks. You can use it whenever you wish to type inside any of your apps.

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How can I change the language of my on-screen keyboard?

1. Launch BlueStacks and open the "System apps" folder on your BlueStacks home screen.

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2. Here, click on the icon for "Settings".

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3. On the Settings page, click on "Select IME", as shown below.

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4. On the next screen, select the input language that you wish to add to your on-screen keyboard.

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5. You will be asked to install the apk for the selected language. Click on "Install" to continue.

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6. The app page for the selected language pack will open on Play Store. Select "Install" to download the language for your on-screen keyboard.

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7. After the installation is complete, open the language app.

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8. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the language to your keyboard input settings, to set your default keyboard and to grant the required permissions.

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9. After the setup is complete, choose the desired theme for your keyboard and select "Get Started", as shown below.

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10. To use the new language, open the app where you wish to type your message. When the on-screen keyboard appears, choose the new language by clicking on the language icon, as illustrated below.

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11. You may start typing using the existing layout of the keyboard or change the layout by clicking on the arrow present under the language icon, as can be seen below.

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12. To know how to use the on-screen keyboard efficiently for typing in the newly installed language, you can click on the "Help (?)" icon on your on-screen keyboard.

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You can add more languages of your choice to this keyboard by going back to step 4 and downloading more language packs from the list.


Thank you for choosing BlueStacks, we hope you enjoy using it. If you have any further questions, please contact us at support@bluestacks.com. Happy Gaming!

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