Android Copy Paste Guide: How to Copy-Paste Texts, Links and Photos

In this tutorial, we will show you the steps to copy-paste Texts, Links, and Photos on an Android device. This functionality is among the most basic yet important operations that one could make use of. While you might be used to it on your PC or laptop, what about Android devices? If you have recently stepped foot into the Google-owned OS, then you might need a helping hand in knowing the inside out of this feature. And this is where this guide will help you out.

For the unaware, an Android smartphone not only supports copy-paste texts and URLs (links), but you could even include photos in this domain. On that note, let’s get on with the instruction set on how all this could be achieved. Just keep in mind that although there exist a plethora of devices each with their own customized OS skin, yet the underlying principle stays intact. So, the below instructions are universally applicable on near about every Android device.

Android Copy Paste Guide

Copy-Paste Texts on Android

Let’s begin with the copy-paste instructions with the texts. Suppose, you are browsing a page using a Chrome browser on your device. To copy any word, just long-press on it. This will bring an overlay menu with a few options. Select Copy and that keyword would be copied.

copy single text

On the other hand, if you wish to copy more than one word, then you could drag the blue markers up to the desired words from wither side. Once the selection is done, just hit the Copy option.

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multiple words

Then if you wish to select all the words on a page, then carrying out the aforementioned gesture might take quite a lot of time. A better idea would be to long-press a word, and then choose the Select all option. Once everything is selected, just tap on the Copy option (you might have to scroll the page a little to bring up that option).

copy-paste texts

Now to paste these texts, just head over to the desired screen and long-press on an empty region. Finally, select Paste from the option and that’s it.

How to Copy-Paste Links on Android

Let’s now turn our attention towards copy-pasting of links in Android. Keeping the Chrome browser in focus, suppose you wish to copy the URL of the current page. For that, just head over to the address bar and you should see that page’s URL just below the address bar. Then next to the URL will be three options: Share, Copy, and Edit. Just hit the middle icon and the URL will be copied.

copy-paste url

If you wish to copy any link that appears in a paragraph, then long-press on that linked-word. it will bring up a pop-up menu, select Copy Link Address from it. Just below that is the Copy Link text option, you shouldn’t confuse both. The first option will copy the underlying link of that keyword whereas the second option would only copy that word and not the embedded link.

copy-paste links

As an example, if you perform the Copy Link on the following word: “Google Drive“, then it will copy the URL behind that word (https://www.getdroidtips.com/tag/google-drive/). On the other hand, performing the Copy Link text will copy the Google Drive word without any link. Now if we talk about pasting these links, the steps are similar as it was with the texts. Just long-press on the desired region and it will bring up the menu, just hit the Paste option from there.

Copy-Paste Photos on Android

Let’s now get you aware of the steps to copy-paste images on Android. Do keep in mind that not many apps support this functionality. Furthermore, some images might also cause an issue or two while copying it to the clipboard. So keeping this in mind, long press on the desired image on a webpage. This will bring up a pop-up menu, select Copy Image from it.

copy image

Now head over to the field that supports the ability to paste images. Then bring up the keypad, long-press inside the typing region, and select Paste from the menu. If you have any issues executing these steps, then it’s better to download the image and then share it with the intended user. For that, long-press on that image and select Download Image. Then share it using the app of your choice.

Using Clipboard on Android

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Although there is no native clipboard app on Android, yet you could access the same from various third-party apps such as GBoard and Swift Keyboard. As far as the importance of the clipboard is concerned, well, it keeps previously copied texts, links, and photos which you could use later on. With that said, here are the steps to use the clipboard on Android (the steps are carried out using the Gboard app).

  1. To begin with, copy-paste any texts, links, or images using the above-given instructions.
  2. Then bring up the Gboard app and then select a text input region.
  3. Tap on the three horizontal dots situated at the extreme right. Select Clipboard from the menu.
    gboard clipboard
  4. For the first time usage, you will have to enable the Clipboard toggle. Toggle it on as instructed. From now on everything you copy could be accessed from here.
    saved clips
  5. You could also delete items from this clipboard or pin it. For that, tap on the Edit option from the top-right and select the desired clip. Then perform the desired action (pin or delete).

That’s it. These were the steps to copy-paste Texts, Links, and Photos on an Android device. Do let us know your views about the same in the comments section below. Rounding off, here are some equally useful iPhone Tips and TricksPC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.

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