How to copy and paste text between Android phone and Windows PC

Windows 10 and Windows 11 provide a universal cloud clipboard where you can copy and store text from one computer and paste it on another. But the clipboard also works with your Android device. With Microsoft’s SwiftKey Keyboard for Android, you can copy an item on your Windows PC and then paste it on your Android device, or vice versa.

You’ll need a Microsoft account to use the clipboard and sync it across different computers and devices. Make sure you’re signed in to every computer and device with the same account. Your Android device will only be able to paste the last item you copied and store it for only an hour.

In terms of privacy, your clipboard data is encrypted and is not linked to your Microsoft account or stored permanently by Microsoft. However, you should still refrain from using cloud clipboard sync for sensitive information, such as passwords or financial details.

Set up Universal Cloud Clipboard

First, you will need to set up the global cloud clipboard in Windows 10 or 11 if you haven’t already. This works the same way in both versions of Windows. go to Settings > System > Clipboard. Turn on the keys for Clipboard history And Sync across devices (Sync across your devices in Windows 11). Then select an option Sync the text I copy automatically.

If you haven’t tried the Universal Clipboard in Windows, open a document, file, or message. Copy and paste a few different copies of the text. Hold the Windows key and press V. You will now see a history of all the items you copied. To paste a specific item, simply click on it in the clipboard history.

Copy and paste text in Windows

Install Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

Now, go to your Android device. Open the Google Play Store and search for Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard, or launch a browser and open the Google Play Store link for the keyboard. Install it and open the SwiftKey Keyboard app. On the welcome screen, tap Enable SwiftKey.

The next screen displays the keyboards available on your device. Turn on the Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard. A notification pops up warning you that this input method may be able to collect all the text you type, including personal data like passwords and credit card numbers. Click OK.

Install Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard

Press the left arrow at the top to return to the SwiftKey Welcome screen. Press the Select SwiftKey button. The next screen asks you to choose an input method. Select the Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard option. Back on the welcome screen, click the Finish button.

Choose input method

On the next screen, confirm the account using SwiftKey Keyboard. Make sure it’s the same account you use to sign in to your Windows PC. If not, click the Other Accounts button and sign in with the correct account. The next screen asks if you want to share data with Microsoft about how you type. This level of engagement is not required to sync your clipboard, so feel free to answer no here. You will receive a message informing you that the installation was successful.

Finish installation

You are then placed in the settings screen of the SwiftKey Keyboard. Tap on Rich Entry Setup and then select Clipboard. Turn on the Sync clipboard history switch. Make sure the switches are also turned on for Remember copied items And Show last copied item as quick paste option on prediction bar. With the latter option, only the last copied item appears on the prediction bar in the SwiftKey keyboard.

Set up the keyboard

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Now it’s time to take the feature for a spin. Select and copy some text into an application on your Windows PC. On your Android device, open an app where you can enter text, such as Mail or Messages. Click any area where you can enter text to display the keyboard. Hit the clipboard icon in the toolbar above your keyboard and you’ll see the text you copied from Windows. Tap on the text to insert it into the current area.

Copy and paste from Windows to Android

You can also copy from Android to Windows. Select and copy the text from an app on your Android device. In Windows, open an application in which you can enter text. Press the Windows key and the V key to display the cloud clipboard. You should see the text you copied from Android. Click on the text to insert it.

Copy and paste from Android to Windows

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