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How to Copy and Paste Text Between Android and Windows

Connecting your Android phone and PC provides valuable features. One is the ability to copy and paste text between Android and Windows.

Microsoft has been improving the compatibility between Android and Windows for several years. After connecting your Android phone to Windows 11, you can do many things. For example, you can run apps, access photos, send messages, and make calls from your phone on your PC.

Another feature on Windows is the cloud clipboard, which allows copying and pasting text between Android and Windows. All you need to do is install the Microsoft-developed SwiftKey keyboard app for Android. Let’s look at how it all works.

How to Copy and Paste Text Between Your Android Phone and Windows PC

Note: For this article, we’re using Windows 11, but the process is virtually identical on Windows 10.

First, you need to enable the Clipboard history feature if it isn’t already. You can enable it using the following steps:

  1. Click Start or hit the Windows key to launch the Start menu and click on Settings.Start Settings Windows 11
  2. When Settings opens, click System from the left-hand side.
  3. Scroll down to the right list and select the Clipboard option from the menu.use clipboard history on windows 11
  4. Toggle the Clipboard history option On.enable clipboard history on Windows 11
  5. In the same section, enable Sync across your devices and select Automatically sync text that I copy.turn on clipboard history

Install Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard on Android

Now that you have Clipboard history enabled on Windows, you’ll need to get the SwiftKey keyboard on your Android phone.

How to Install SwiftKey on Your Phone

  1. Install Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard from the Google Play Store.Install Microsoft SwiftKey
  2. Launch the Microsoft Swift Key app after it installs.Launch Microsoft SwiftKey app
  3. Select Enable SwiftKey from the welcome screen.Enable SwiftKey
  4. Toggle the Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard to the On position.Toggle on Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard
  5. Agree to the terms of service. Press the back button and choose SwiftKey as your input method.
  6. Tap the Finish up button.Finish SwiftKey Set up
  7. Choose the Microsoft account you want to use and sign in if you aren’t already.Sign in Microsoft Account
  8. You’ll get a notification letting you know the installation was successful. Tap OK.sign in successful

Use the Copy and Paste Feature

Now that everything is ready to go, you can copy and paste text between Windows and your Android phone.

How to Copy and Paste Between Devices

  1. On your PC, copy some text from Word or a website.copy and paste text from Word
  2. Open an app to input text on your phone like Messages or an email. Tap the text field and choose Clipboard to display your clipboard history. Tap the text or image you want to send.enter text from clipboard
  3. You can also copy text from Android to Windows. Copy text from an app on your Android device.Copy text on Android
  4. On your PC, open an app you can enter text like Word. Hit Windows key + V on your keyboard to launch the Cloud clipboard. Choose the text you want to add to the document or other app.copy from phone to Word

Using Android and Windows Together

That’s all there is to it. In addition to the ability to copy and paste text between Android and Windows, you can also copy images from the clipboard. You can also clear the clipboard from either device if you need to keep the clipboard clean. Finally, ensure that the sync across devices is enabled on your Android device and Windows if it stops working.

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  1. manu

    July 20, 2023 at 4:31 am

    Brian, thanks for the tutorial. It is quite helpful. I hope life is treating you well.

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