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Ankiconnect Android

Ankiconnect Android allows you to utilize the standard Anki mining workflow on Android devices like phones and eReaders. Create Anki cards using Yomichan on Kiwi Browser and add them straight into your Anki deck! Mine on the go in the same way as you mine on your desktop pc. Forvo and local audio are now supported!

Ankiconnect Android is a from scratch unofficial reimplementation of the desktop Ankiconnect extension, desktop Forvo Server extension and desktop Local Audio Server for Yomichan. It reimplements the core APIs used by Yomichan to work with Ankidroid.

Table of Contents


Here's how to set everything up from scratch (if you've already got Yomichan working, then skip to step 5):

  1. Install Kiwi Browser and Ankidroid
  2. Install Ankiconnect Android - Download from the Releases Section or from IzzyOnDroid repo
  3. Start the Ankiconnect Android app, accept the permissions and hit start service
  4. Set up the Yomichan extension in Kiwi Browser to your liking:
    • Import 1+ dictionaries by clicking Configure installed and enabled dictionaries and then Import under Dictionaries section (external resources)
    • Scan modifier key under the Scanning section should be "No Key" (unless using mouse/keyboard, advanced options contains more config options)
    • Ensure AnkiShow Card Tags is set to "Never"
  5. Optimize Yomichan for mobile usage:
    • Scan delay under the Scanning section can feel laggy and so can be set to 0
    • It is recommended to lower the value of Maximum number of results (under General) to prevent unnecessary lag. A sane value would be 8
    • Ensure Scanning Inputs is optimized for mobile (prevents lookups on scrolling):
      • Ensure advanced settings is enabled (button at the bottom right corner)
      • Navigate to ScanningConfigure advanced scanning inputs
        • Ensure that advanced options within the Scanning Inputs window is enabled. To do this, scroll to the right, and tap on the three dots.
        • For Yomichan, match your settings to be like this image: (click here)
        • For Yomitan, use the defaults or match your settings to be like this image: (click here)
      • Navigate to ScanningSupport inputs for devices with touch screens
        • Ensure that Touch inputs is checked, and Pointer inputs is NOT checked.
  6. Set up Yomichan for sentence mining:
    • Toggle Enable Anki integration on, under Anki
    • Click on Configure Anki card format and choose the deck, model and field/values you desire
    • For further customisation you can write/modify the script under Configure Anki card templates Sections and Advanced options visible via the blue menu icon on the bottom right of the screen

Easier Yomichan setup: If you import settings from a computer, ensure that the bolded steps are still followed

Additional Instructions: Forvo Audio

The default audio sources from Yomichan should already work. However, Forvo can be added as an audio source. It is recommended that you add this Forvo audio source because Forvo significantly extends the coverage of audio compared to the default audio sources from Yomichan.

  1. Click on Configure audio playback sources and under the Audio section

  2. Click the Add button (top right corner)

  3. Select Custom URL (JSON) and copy paste the following into the URL box:


    NOTE: This is NOT the same URL as from your PC, the port is different

Additional Instructions: Show Card Button

By default, the show card button will not work. The following is a completely optional set of instructions for getting the show card button to work:

  1. Install a pre-release (alpha) version of AnkiDroid from their releases page. This cannot be a parallel build.

    • As of writing this (2023/01/03), the stable release of AnkiDroid (i.e. the released version on Google Play) does not support the feature of opening the card browser window from another app. Therefore, the first step is to manually download and install the most recent alpha version of AnkiDroid.
    • This carries all the risks of using a pre-release version! Only download it if you know what you are doing.
  2. After installing AnkiDroid, you must allow Ankiconnect Android to open apps in the background.

    • Under Ankiconnect Android, tap on the settings gear at the top right corner.
    • Tap on the Access Overlay Permissions option. This should lead you to Android's settings page.
    • Activate the switch for Ankiconnect Android within this settings page.

From here, you should be able to use the show card button as normal.

Warning: Make sure you save your note changes if you edit your note! If you do not save your changes and re-click on the "show card" button from Kiwi Browser, you will lose all your current note changes!

Additional Instructions: Local Audio

The (desktop) local audio server setup for Yomichan has been ported over to Ankiconnect Android, and can be used similarly. Again, this is a completely optional setup that does not need to be done.

General information about the setup, including reasons for and against using the setup, can be found within the above link.

Warning: This setup takes up about 5gb of space on your Android device! Ensure you have enough space before setting this up.

  1. Ensure you have set up the latest version of the desktop local audio server setup. If you already have the add-on installed, check for updates by navigating to ToolsAdd-ons → (select "Local Audio Server for Yomichan") → Check for Updates.

  2. Generate the Android database.

    Note: For Windows users, please temporarily disable Windows defender before doing this step. It seems like generating the Android database with Windows Defender enabled can slow it down by a factor of 6, meaning a step that should only take 5 minutes can easily take over half an hour.

    To generate the database, navigate to (Anki) → Tools (top left corner) → Local Audio ServerGenerate Android database. Expect this to take a while (at least a few minutes).

    Example Image (click here)

    generate android database

    This database stores all the audio files into one large file, in order to make file transfer to Android much faster (transferring the folder took about 24 hours, while transferring the large file took less than 3 minutes).

  3. Copy the files from desktop to Android.

    • Locate the add-on folder on desktop. To do this, navigate to ToolsAdd-ons → (select "Local Audio Server for Yomichan") → View Files. When you are here, navigate to user_files.

    • Locate AnkiConnect Android's data folder. By default, it is under:


      However, one can verify the location of the folder by going into the settings (gear at the top right corner), and tapping on Print Local Audio Directory. The following output specifies that the folder is indeed in the default position:

    • After locating the two folders, copy android.db from the desktop's add-on folder into Ankiconnect Android's data folder.

      • If you have a previous android.db, please delete this file and any related files (i.e. delete android.db-shm and android.db-wa)
      • Ensure AnkiConnectAndroid is fully closed before copying the database, because AnkiConnectAndroid may override the new database if it is open. If you want to be 100% sure that the app is closed, you can restart your device.
      • Do NOT copy the entire user_files folder.
      • After copying the file, this should result in the following:
  4. Setup local audio on Kiwi Browser's Yomichan. (Warning: this URL is different than the one on desktop!)

    • Click on Configure audio playback sources and under the Audio section

    • Click the Add button (top right corner)

    • Select Custom URL (JSON) and copy paste the following into the url box (tap the code box, and then tap the button to the right to copy the text to the clipboard):

      • The sources and user parameters should behave exactly like the desktop local audio plugin.

        Example, with sources in the default order (click here)
  5. Ensure it works.

    • You can do the exact same check as the desktop local audio server (the last step), by scanning 読む and checking that all sources appear. Be sure to play all of the sources to ensure that the audio is properly fetched.

Common Errors and Solutions

First Steps

If you are having issues with anything, such as Yomichan being unable to connect to AnkiDroid, please ensure all these steps are followed before continuing:

  • Make sure the latest app release is installed.
  • If you imported the settings from the PC, try to use the sanitized version upon import, and manually re-add the handlebars after.
  • Double check that your Yomichan settings are correct. In particular, check that the Configure Anki card format... section, and the audio sources section is correct.
    • On rare occasions, settings exported from the computer and imported into your Android device may not work. Instead, try to reset Yomichan's settings and redo everything from scratch.
  • Battery saving/automatic optimisation is turned off for Ankidroid, Ankiconnect Android and optionally (but recommended) Kiwi browser.
  • You allowed Ankiconnect Android to be running in the background (if this option is available on your device).

Problem: The Yomichan popup appears upon scrolling

Try going through step 5 of the instructions. In particular, see the step that says Ensure Scanning Inputs is optimized for mobile (prevents lookups on scrolling).

Problem: The add button is always greyed out

This usually happens if Enable Content Scanning is switched off. To fix this, simply switch it on (under Yomichan SettingsGeneralEnable content scanning).

Note: If you have this switched off in the first place, it is also very likely that the popup is showing up at unwanted times, i.e. while scrolling through a page. To solve this, try going through step 5 of the instructions.

Problem: The add card button does not appear

  • Check that the Enable Anki integration setting in Yomichan is indeed enabled, and properly connected.
  • Under AnkiConfigure Anki card format, ensure that the Deck and Model at the top right corner are not highlighted in red. If they are, please select the correct deck and/or model.
  • Under AnkiShow card tags, make sure this is set to Never.

Problem: Duplicate checks aren't working

To determine that duplicate checks aren't working:

  • Enable duplicate checks in the Yomichan settings (under AnkiCheck for card duplicates),
  • Select a word and add a card
  • Tap outside of the popup, and re-select the word. Normally, you should not be able to add a card here.

If you are able to add a card (i.e. you see the plus button), then duplicate checks are indeed not working. Check that your first field name does not include spaces, and your first field contents do not include quotes (") or spaces. If either of those are true, the only way to solve it is by using the Alpha version of AnkiDroid, and enable the new backend under the advanced settings.

Problem: Forvo audio won't load

Please make sure that this exact URL under Additional Instructions: Forvo Audio is used. This URL is different from the one on PC.

Note: There is always a chance that Forvo has changed the layout of their website, which can lead to AnkiConnect Android improperly fetching the audio. If you suspect this is the case, please create an issue on Github.

Problem: On card add, I get Incorrect flds argument

This happens when you change the fields of a card. For example, if you added a field, renamed a field, or deleted a field, then this error may pop up. To fix it, navigate to Yomichan SettingsAnkiConfigure Anki card format..., and update the model fields (i.e. by switching it to a different model and back).

I still have a problem

If you've gone through the instructions and are still having trouble, feel free to create an issue here on GitHub or @/dm me on Discord (@KamWithK#0634 on TheMoeWay). Most related discussions happen in the AnkiConnect Android thread.


Because Ankiconnect Android is a small project with a limited scope, not all API queries/cases are implemented/considered. Currently every known essential feature has been added into the app, however some niche edge cases have been ignored.

Some examples:

  1. Duplicate checks always occur across the full Anki collection instead of whatever deck is selected (no matter what options are selected, assuming this feature is left enabled)
  2. The show card button will not work on the latest stable release of AnkiDroid. Instead, you must manually install a pre-release version of AnkiDroid for it to work. Please see these instructions for more details on how to make the show card button work.
  3. When viewing the note, the note cannot be viewed directly within card editor. Instead, the note is shown from the card search screen.
  4. You are unable to view the note tags on duplicate notes.

Developer Info

For developers who are interested in using the API, please see docs/ for a list of all supported API calls.


The primary goal of Ankiconnect Android was to support card creation with Yomichan. Therefore, many API calls are not implemented. In the spirit of Anki-Connect itself, this project operates on a self-serve model. Feature requests will not be serviced.

If you would like a new API call, make a PR with the following criteria:

  • Ensure that your API call matches an existing Anki-Connect action. New actions, or outward modifications to existing actions (i.e. new input parameters) will not be accepted.
    • Note: your API call does not have to have the full capability that Anki-Connect provides, so long as it is documented (see the second point below).
  • Add the relevant documentation to docs/, including any edge cases and important implementation details.
  • Attempt to match the code style of the project.