About stylus input

A stylus enables users to interact with apps comfortably and with pinpoint accuracy for note‑taking, sketching, working with productivity apps, and just relaxing and having fun with games and entertainment apps.


The stylus input documentation provides guidance on the following topics:

  • Handwritten input in text entry fields
  • Advanced stylus features such as stylus pressure, orientation, tilt, hover, and palm detection
  • Stylus support in note-taking apps


The stylus input guidance assumes a basic understanding of the following Android APIs and components: