A frequent question of some smartphone owners: where is the clipboard on Android or on specific brands of phones, for example, Samsung Galaxy, how to open, view, use or clear it. In the general case, the clipboard is located in the Android memory of the smartphone, but it can be opened and, moreover, many smartphones store the clipboard history, which you can also enter.
This manual details how to find the clipboard on pure Android and on the Samsung Galaxy phone, the available clipboard actions and additional information that may be useful.
Where is the clipboard on Android (clean OS and Samsung phones)
As noted at the beginning of the article, the clipboard as such is stored in the phone’s memory, however, the contents of the clipboard can be viewed, often not only the current data in the clipboard, but also the previous copied texts, and in some cases images:
- On the phone with a clean Android OS, as well as on any other smartphone where Google Gboard is installed as the main keyboard, open the keyboard (to do this, click on any text input field on the phone). Then click on the clipboard icon.
- The contents of the clipboard will open. If history storage is disabled, you will be prompted to enable it (using the switch in the upper right). By default, the clipboard will keep a history of the copied data for an hour.
- If you need to clear an element from the buffer or, on the contrary, make it persist after an hour, long press on this element and use one of the buttons: place it in the current clipboard (to paste somewhere), pin (so as not to flushed) or deletion (to flush an item from the buffer).
- If you have a Samsung Galaxy and use the standard Samsung keyboard as the main keyboard, open it (by clicking on any text input field), then click on the clipboard icon, and if this is not displayed, click on the button with three dots in the upper right, and then - under the item “Clipboard”.
- You will see elements saved in the Samsung clipboard, not only texts, but also images. By long pressing on them, you can clear them from the clipboard or pin them to the clipboard so that they are not deleted. A short press inserts an element into the input field that is currently active.
Many third-party keyboards from other manufacturers also have elements for working with the clipboard, and their implementation is not much different from those described above. However, you can use third-party applications to open the Android clipboard and work with the data stored in it. And of course, you can always replace the active contents of the clipboard by simply copying something new into it.
Third-party Android clipboard apps
If you go to the Play Store app store and enter “Clipboard” or “Clipboard” in the search, you will find many applications that allow you to open, clear, and otherwise manage the Android clipboard.
The implementation of different applications is different, for example, an application with the simple name “Clipboard” from HDM Dev Team displays the contents and history of the clipboard directly on top of the screen (you can collapse) with the ability to delete items, paste them and notes.
Other applications work in the notification area or in their own interface, launched separately. I can’t guess which one is right for you, and therefore I recommend that you go through the Android clipboard applications with the best reviews and see their screenshots and reviews: I'm sure you can find the option that suits you.
Clipboard on Android - Video
If you have questions or can suggest additional methods of working with the clipboard on your Android phone that you have tested, I am waiting for your comments.