4 ways to copy and paste on an Android

4 ways to copy and paste on an Android
4 ways to copy and paste on an Android

The copy and paste feature is certainly one of the most convenient when it comes to transferring content from one application to another. While it's easily accessible from a computer keyboard, it's not just limited to machines with physical keyboards. On an Android, it is also possible to copy and then paste lines of text, entire paragraphs or photos quickly and easily.


Method 1 of 4: Use the Copy, Cut, and Paste commands

Copy and Paste Text on an Android Step 1

Step 1. Long press the word

This will bring up a small blue arrow which means you are highlighting the text.

If you don't see anything appear after a few seconds, it may be because you don't have permission to copy the text. Some web pages use this function to prevent plagiarism

Copy and Paste Text on an Android Step 2

Step 2. Drag the cursors over the text

With one finger, press and drag one of the sliders left or right to highlight the text you want to copy. If you want to highlight the entire paragraph, you can also drag the sliders down.

If you accidentally removed your finger or if the highlight disappears, press the cursors again to continue selecting text

Copy and Paste Text on an Android Step 3

Step 3. Choose Copy

Once the text is selected, you will see a small menu appear over it. Choose Copy to save the text to the clipboard.

  • If you choose the Copy option, the text will disappear from its original location and will be copied to the clipboard.
  • The clipboard is a temporary location on your device where text and images are saved before being pasted.
Copy and Paste Text on an Android Step 6

Step 4. Long press on the destination location

You can go to a search field, the Notes app, or a text message. With one finger, long press on the spot where you chose to paste your text.

You can only paste text into fields where you can edit them. For example, you won't be able to do this on a web page unless you have the ability to edit it

Copy and Paste Text on an Android Step 7

Step 5. Select Paste

From the same menu that contains the Copy option, select Paste. Your text will automatically display where you placed your cursor.

You can edit the text before sending or leave it as it is

Method 2 of 4: Use the Clipboard app

Step 1. Copy the text

Tap the portion of text to copy and then keep your finger on it. Move the left and right cursors to select your text and then press Copy in the context menu.

If you accidentally release the sliders, press them again to continue selecting text

Step 2. Go to where you want to paste the text

You can paste your text in a search bar, in a text message, or in a note. Long press on the chosen location to bring up a pop-up menu.

Some applications will not allow you to copy the text directly, but they will let you go to the clipboard and then come back, hence the interest of this method

Step 3. Select Clipboard

This option appears in the contextual menu and allows you to go to the clipboard where the copied text is located.

Step 4. Select the text from the clipboard

This will automatically paste it into the field you selected with your cursor. You can then modify it or send it as a message.

You can copy and paste additional text with the same method if needed

Method 3 of 4: Copy and paste a link

Step 1. Long press the link you want to copy

In a web browser, you will usually find it at the top of the screen. You can also long-press links in emails and text messages.

  • The link will turn blue when selected.
  • If you remove your finger too soon, you might accidentally tap the link rather than highlight it. Keep pressing until the pop-up menu appears.

Step 2. Select Copy Link

This option is at the bottom of the context menu that appears when you long-press the link. Select this option to copy the link to your clipboard.

You can also open the link in a new tab, open it in a background tab, or save the link to your device

Step 3. Long press on the new link location

You can paste the link into a web browser to open it, or paste it into a message to send it to someone else. Keep your finger on the screen until a pop-up menu appears.

It should only take a few seconds

Step 4. Choose Paste

This will automatically paste the copied link into the selected location. If you want to open it in a web browser, tap Enter.

Method 4 of 4: Copy and paste pictures

Step 1. Long press the image you want to copy

This is how you can select it and highlight it. Wait for a pop-up menu to appear to remove your finger.

You can copy images from your gallery, text messages, emails, and web pages

Step 2. Select Copy

This option is at the bottom of the pop-up menu that appears. This will temporarily copy the image to your clipboard.

Step 3. Paste your image

Long press where you want to paste the image, whether in an email, document, note, or text message. Place the cursor where you want it to appear.

Wait for the context menu to appear before removing your finger

Step 4. Select Paste

The image will be automatically pasted in the field you have chosen. You can then modify, resize or crop it as you wish.

If you don't see the Paste option, tap Clipboard, and then select the image from the clipboard


  • The text you copied will stay in the clipboard until you restart your device or until you select a new text.
  • You can also copy and paste phone numbers into the Phone app.

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