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How To Enable Soft Keyboard On Rogers HTC Dream

Many of you out there that have picked up the HTC Dream from Rogers Wireless have noticed one very large and very annoying problem….No Soft Keyboard!!!

For what ever reason, the on-screen (soft) keyboard has been disabled. However, some savvy users have found a method to enable the soft keyboard.

android-artBelow is a brief tutorial on how to Enable the Soft Keyboard on a Rogers Wireless HTC Dream:

Enable the Soft Keyboard on a Rogers Wireless HTC Dream

  1. Download Apps Installer from the Android Market
  2. Go to ‘4shared.com‘ and search for ‘HTC_IME.apk
  3. Download the Android package ‘HTC_IME.apk
  4. Put the .APK package onto your SD card
  5. Install the .APK package with Apps InstallerNote: If you need to remove the .APK package, you can do so under Manage applications. Under Manage, there is ‘Keyboard Calibration’ and ‘Touch Input’. Uninstall ‘Touch Input’ to get rid of the .APK package.
  6. After you install the .APK package with Apps Installer, reboot your HTC device
  7. After reboot, on the HTC Dream device, go to ‘Locale & Text‘ and turn on ‘Touch Input‘. From here you may adjust the settings and try the tutorial.

Note: There are two versions of the .APK Package. The first version is pictured below (regular, unskinned) and the second version (2) is a marble colored version. (Thank you to comments from “s” and “Leslie”.)

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Thanks to ‘bluntegg‘ of http://www.androidforums.com and the forum at http://forum.xda-developers.com.

For all the Dream users out there, does this method work for you? Post your experiences below.

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  • Leslie Anne

    There are 2 HTC_IME.apk files on the download site. I tried the first without success but just rebooted and will see what happens now.
    Got it working but the background is a weird marble effect. I think I may have downloaded that while looking for this keyboard.

  • Leslie Anne

    There are 2 HTC_IME.apk files on the download site. I tried the first without success but just rebooted and will see what happens now.
    Got it working but the background is a weird marble effect. I think I may have downloaded that while looking for this keyboard.

  • Mantafloppy

    The App Installer is call : eoeAppInstaller(???)

    (I dont know how the chiness stuff is related)

    Both version on 4shared have skin.

    Goggle htc_ime without the .apk,
    or use that one http://www.droiddeveloper.com/hrbuilds/htc_ime.zip
    unzip and use usb cable to send on phone sd card.

  • Mantafloppy

    The App Installer is call : eoeAppInstaller(???)

    (I dont know how the chiness stuff is related)

    Both version on 4shared have skin.

    Goggle htc_ime without the .apk,
    or use that one http://www.droiddeveloper.com/hrbuilds/htc_ime.zip
    unzip and use usb cable to send on phone sd card.

  • http://www.brennanstudios.com Brennan McEachran

    THANK YOU!

    Haha, it’s been bothering me since day one. I’ve tried both the versions from 4 shared… both seem to be skinned in some way… I’m going to look on google

  • http://www.brennanmceachran.com Brennan

    THANK YOU!

    Haha, it’s been bothering me since day one. I’ve tried both the versions from 4 shared… both seem to be skinned in some way… I’m going to look on google

  • bj

    One on listed file share has marbles background… avoid it. Google for alternatives. Brennanmceachran.com has it. This was typed using it… works great. Autocompletion is very nice.

  • bj

    One on listed file share has marbles background… avoid it. Google for alternatives. Brennanmceachran.com has it. This was typed using it… works great. Autocompletion is very nice.

  • Matt

    Thanks Mantafloppy. This zip file works great. Another question if any one knows. When I call my voice mail I need to enter the password. Right now there is no screen keyboard to enter the password and I should use the actual keyboard and it is hard to use when you want to listen to your call at the same time. Any suggestion?

  • Matt

    Thanks Mantafloppy. This zip file works great. Another question if any one knows. When I call my voice mail I need to enter the password. Right now there is no screen keyboard to enter the password and I should use the actual keyboard and it is hard to use when you want to listen to your call at the same time. Any suggestion?

  • http://zooid.org/~vid?androidincanada davidm

    Glad there is a solution for this problem..

    For those who like a wiki for developing information, please check http://wiki.zooid.org/wiki/Category:Android , eg, http://wiki.zooid.org/wiki/Rogers_Android_Problems_and_Solutions

    I can extract it from my general wiki if it proves popular.

  • http://zooid.org/~vid?androidincanada davidm

    Glad there is a solution for this problem..

    For those who like a wiki for developing information, please check http://wiki.zooid.org/wiki/Category:Android , eg, http://wiki.zooid.org/wiki/Rogers_Android_Problems_and_Solutions

    I can extract it from my general wiki if it proves popular.

  • Leslie Anne

    I finally got the soft keyboard working properly with the plain background. For those who might be struggling… the only thing I’d add is that it seems to be necessary to remove the “marble background” version (or any other that you didn’t like) before installing the new version. I used the one found on http://www.brennanmceachran.com . I’m a happy camper now as I only need to use the hard keyboard for longer messages.
    Thanks all for your help!

  • Leslie Anne

    I finally got the soft keyboard working properly with the plain background. For those who might be struggling… the only thing I’d add is that it seems to be necessary to remove the “marble background” version (or any other that you didn’t like) before installing the new version. I used the one found on http://www.brennanmceachran.com . I’m a happy camper now as I only need to use the hard keyboard for longer messages.
    Thanks all for your help!

  • http://www.brennanstudios.com Brennan McEachran

    Hey guys, yeah I found it and posted a similar article. Found the correct file and hosted it on my site.

    http://brennanmceachran.com/2009/06/android-with-no-softkeyboard/

  • http://www.brennanmceachran.com Brennan

    Hey guys, yeah I found it and posted a similar article. Found the correct file and hosted it on my site.

    http://brennanmceachran.com/2009/06/android-with-no-softkeyboard/

  • http://alexf.ca/ Alex F

    use this HTC_IME for a regular keyboard without the fancy marble designs:

    http://www.droiddeveloper.com/hrbuilds/htc_ime.zip

  • http://alexf.ca Alex F

    use this HTC_IME for a regular keyboard without the fancy marble designs:

    http://www.droiddeveloper.com/hrbuilds/htc_ime.zip

  • http://www.the18.ca/ Brandon

    Thanks for the advice and files! Worked like a charm. I too accidentally installed the marble one. Terrible. The clean one that Alex and the others linked to worked perfectly, and look great.

  • http://www.the18.ca Brandon

    Thanks for the advice and files! Worked like a charm. I too accidentally installed the marble one. Terrible. The clean one that Alex and the others linked to worked perfectly, and look great.

  • Kyla terry

    I can't figure out how to get it onto my as card?

  • James Ferris

    also found 'anySoftKeyboard' which works and is Very Nice.
    no reboot required, tho config a bit finicky.
    key spacing and sensitivity was easy to work with.
    check developers website.

  • Fattyfingers McShallaghan

    The program works really well but is awkward for fatty fingers like mine.
    Thanks for the help!

  • motasem

    Ammmmmmmaaaaazing Thank you thank you, you made my day

  • http://stw.ryerson.ca/~m4yip/ aznrocket

    Installed it 10 minutes ago – works great so far!

  • Chris

    This worked for me, except in Canada there is no “Apps installer” available, so I used AppManager. Otherwise it worked perfectly :D

  • Chris

    This worked for me, except in Canada there is no “Apps installer” available, so I used AppManager. Otherwise it worked perfectly :D

  • http://blog.navetz.com/2009/10/how-to-install-virtualkeyboard-on-a-rogers-htc-dream-in-canada/ navetz

    Hey good article I posted a similar one after following instructions on a forum. http://blog.navetz.com/2009/10/how-to-install-v

    I have liked it so far has anyone come into issues with it?

  • PV

    Works perfectly, thanks

  • PV

    Works perfectly, thanks

  • Scion

    Works flawless!!!
    Thanks for the detailed instructions. Very helpful.

  • CRis

    for closes on my touch ,,help!!!

  • CRis

    for closes on my touch ,,help!!!

  • rik3312

    worked great for me, but i had to go to mediafire for the download

    heres the link
    http://www.mediafire.com/?tmm3tymgdzz

  • Michael Gleason

    Images do not show using FireFox or IE.

  • henry

    got the htc dream androin 2 month and i got quotion mark in the middle off the screnn what causing that

    • henry

      ecan get on the phone at all i try to reboot it rogers told me my phone was done they send me new one they ask me if i lost it in the water i told no so they send me new if they find somethink wrong they can charge me $500 like hell going to pay 500 dollar only i had it for not even 2 month

    • henry

      ecan get on the phone at all i try to reboot it rogers told me my phone was done they send me new one they ask me if i lost it in the water i told no so they send me new if they find somethink wrong they can charge me $500 like hell going to pay 500 dollar only i had it for not even 2 month

  • henry

    got the htc dream androin 2 month and i got quotion mark in the middle off the screnn what causing that

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