How to access your clipboard on Android

The ability to copy and paste is a basic and simple feature of any Android smartphone or tablet. However, if you want to take it to the next level, use the clipboard feature to find whatever you’ve copied. Let’s begin.

Like many things in Android, the clipboard feature works differently depending on the skin and Android version of your device. Samsung and LG phones have their own built-in clipboards. Other devices can only access the clipboard through a keyboard app.

In this guide, we will focus on using the clipboard with a keyboard app. This method works on any Android device.

First of all, you need a keyboard app with a clipboard function. Two popular options are Google’s Gboard and Microsofts SwiftKey. The clipboards in these two apps work very similarly.

Once you’ve got your keyboard installed and set up, let’s try the clipboard. First, copy some text or a link. The clipboard does not support images.

Copy and paste text, links and photos on Android

Next, go to the app you want to paste everything you copied into and tap the text box to bring up the keyboard. Look for a clipboard icon on the top toolbar.


This will open the clipboard and see the recently copied item at the top of the list. Just tap any of the options on the clipboard to paste it into the text box.

paste from the clipboard

Android doesn’t keep items on the clipboard forever. After a while, the oldest items on the clipboard will be deleted. Both Gboard and SwiftKey allow you to “pin” items to the clipboard to prevent them from being deleted after an hour. This can be done by long pressing an element and selecting the “Pin” option.

gboard pin clipboard

If you’re copying and pasting a lot on Android, the clipboard is an invaluable tool. You can copy a number of things at once and then paste them independently without jumping back and forth.

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