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Has anyone come across software that can do this successfully/reliably?

I would like to set up my Nexus 7 tablet on a stand under my monitor and use it with the mouse/KB hooked up to my desktop so I can continue to use it while using my desktop without having to pick it up.

I was able to find one application which claims to do this (PC Loves Android), but reviews on the Google Play store do not seem to favor it.

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    So let me get this straight, you want to use a splitter to plug a keyboard into a desktop and a tablet at the same time? If not feel free to correct me.
    – user88311
    Oct 1, 2012 at 12:05
  • Are you looking to use your device as a second monitor? See: Is it possible to use an Android device as a second monitor?
    – ale
    Oct 1, 2012 at 17:22
  • Sorry about the confusion. I mean a software solution to share keyboard/mouse between Windows on the desktop and Android on the tablet. Like the program Synergy does for Windows/Linux/OSX.
    – kashiko
    Oct 1, 2012 at 20:23
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    There is a Synergy for Android client in the planning stages.
    – ale
    Oct 2, 2012 at 1:27
  • How about Android Screen Cast? (Requires root)
    – ale
    Oct 2, 2012 at 1:34

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I searched for ages for this very same thing. I found the Share Keyboard & Mouse app (by SmartUX) on the Google play store which should do what you want. You can find the PC client on their web page.

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  • You made my day. Downloading this now. It is in beta but it looks to be the most promising solution. I am glad they included alternative modes (USB/WiFi/Bluetooth) including ones which do not require a rooted device.
    – kashiko
    Dec 1, 2012 at 1:32
  • Looks like it works. A bit choppy sometimes over USB, I may try the other connectivity options.
    – kashiko
    Dec 1, 2012 at 1:45
  • Mmm... Interesting. Testing...
    – kokbira
    Mar 20, 2013 at 18:48
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    Mine just "expired" today... "beta 1 expired" on the Android App. I can't find any other app that does this. Tis a sad day.
    – Phenome
    Mar 31, 2014 at 13:20
  • @Phenome Yeah, same for me. I'm casting about for an alternative now. You had any luck?
    – Patrick
    May 19, 2014 at 17:10
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I was looking for the same thing, after a long search I found a little known piece of software that does the work nicely over Bluetooth for android/windows/Mac. The android client is even updated this year.

Acrosscenter

I have it working with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (rooted with CM12) and windows 7.

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  • This actually seems to work. It is unfortunately not free, but it lets your PC act as a Bluetooth input device for and Android device. I haven't done too much testing yet, but mouse and keyboard seem to work without issue.
    – zeel
    Mar 3, 2020 at 5:05
  • AcrossCenter is now free! This still works for me between two Windows PCs connected via bluetooth.
    – Lyle Brown
    Mar 24, 2020 at 5:25
  • @LyleBrown i don't think it's free, typing certain letter keys gets disabled after 30 minutes. Pretty much unusable without being able to type.
    – tinker
    Jul 30, 2021 at 2:30
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I was also looking for such a solution that would allow me to share my computer's Mouse and Keyboard with my Android devices. I was using ShareKM until it was abandoned and no longer worked on recent Android versions.

Eventually, I developed my own solution, DeskDock, that works on all major Desktop OSs (Windows, Mac, Linux) and with all recent Android versions (starting from 4.1). It does not require root access and provides advanced functions such as drag and drop.

I just released it a few days ago to Google Play.

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  • Hi, i got bugs, not stable on my android 11 phone andwindows 10 pc, mouse curser getting lostt many times. and also the hasstle of setting up my usb cable got disconnected randomly and tried the wireless adb, and sadly it made the setting up even more time consuming. and yep already bought the premium version
    – Jovylle
    Dec 8, 2021 at 16:38
  • any plans to add sharing through wifi network?
    – aljgom
    Jun 1, 2022 at 6:21
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I realize the question was about a software solution but I just came across this Matias keyboard the other day. That looks like would work for this question.

They market it for iPhones but it looks like it will work with Android devices as well:

Also connects to other devices.
We designed the keyboard to connect wirelessly to your iPhone, but it's actually a standard Bluetooth connection, so it'll work with any device that supports Bluetooth keyboards.

That includes... the iPod touch, iPad, Macs and PCs, Android 3.0+ smartphones and tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook, and many more.

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