Google adds a huge number of physical keyboard shortcuts to Android 14

Google adds a huge number of physical keyboard shortcuts to Android 14
After officially announcing the Pixel Fold, it seems that Google wants to emphasize its serious intentions for big-screen devices, such as foldables and tablets. Android 14 Beta 2 already rolled out to Pixel phones two weeks ago, and it came with new features such as improved screen recording, and improved split-screen mode. Now it turns out that there's another big feature coming to the platform.

Mishaal Rahman, an expert in Android, has discovered a significantly overhauled keyboard shortcuts menu in Android 14 Beta 2 and posted some screenshots on his Twitter account. Currently, this revamped menu is exclusively accessible on large-screen devices running Android 14.

It replaces the previous list of shortcuts found in Android 13, which could be located under Settings -> System -> Languages & Input -> Physical Keyboard. If your device is running Android 14, there's a slight change in the settings menu, and you should navigate to Settings -> System -> Keyboard -> Physical Keyboard in order to access the new menus.

Here's the full list of the new 34 shortcut combinations:

  • Access notification shade: Search + N
  • Take a full screenshot: Search + Ctrl + S
  • Access list of shortcuts: Search + /
  • Back button: Search + ~ | Search + Backspace | Search + Left Arrow
  • Access home screen: Search + H | Search + Return
  • Overview of open apps: Search + Tab
  • Cycle through recent apps (forward): Alt + Tab
  • Cycle through recent apps (back): Alt + Shift + Tab
  • Launcher search: Search
  • Hide and show taskbar: Search + T
  • Access system settings: Search + I
  • Access Google Assistant: Search + A
  • Lock screen: Search + L
  • Pull up Notes for quick memo: Search + Ctrl + N
  • Split screen with current app on right: Search + Ctrl + Right Arrow
  • Split screen with current app on left: Search + Ctrl + Left Arrow
  • Switch from split screen to full screen: Search + Ctrl + Up Arrow
  • Move split screen app: Search + Ctrl + Down Arrow
  • Switch input language (next): Ctrl + Space | Search + Space
  • Switch input language (previous): Ctrl + Shift + Space | Ctrl + Search + Space
  • Open assist app: Search + A
  • Open browser app: Search + B
  • Open calculator app: Search + U
  • Open calendar app: Search + K
  • Open contacts app: Search + C
  • Open email app: Search + E
  • Open maps app: Search + M
  • Open music app: Search + P
  • Open SMS app: Search + S

The official rollout of Android 14 is scheduled for August, but if you're part of the Android Beta program, you can get a glimpse of the next Google mobile OS. To join the Android 14 Beta program, you need to go to or tap on this link.

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