Did you know that you can now copy text from the Chrome browser to a computer and then paste it onto your Android smartphone? We explain how...
Did you know that you can now copy text from the Chrome browser to a computer and then paste it onto your Android smartphone? We explain how to take advantage of this handy feature in this tutorial.
One of the features that Android enthusiasts may envy Apple device users is the universal clipboard accessible from the cloud. This option allows you to copy and paste text to and from any device as long as it is connected to your Apple account. In just a few seconds, you can copy content from macOS to paste it onto his iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch for example.
It's very convenient, and we wish we could do the same on Android. Google is constantly improving its ecosystem, but still has more work to do in this area. It is also penalized by the fact that it does not have control over the entire environment in which its users find themselves since many owners of an Android smartphone have a PC running Windows and not Chrome OS.
Therefore, to share his clipboard live from one device to another, it is currently mandatory to go through the Chrome browser. Note that the feature is not yet fully stable and officially available to all. But it is simple to activate it.
How to copy and paste text from Chrome on PC to Android
First available on Chrome Canary, this feature can now be activated on the standard version of Chrome through the system of "flags", these hidden experimental options whose development is not yet complete. To benefit from it, you must take care to respect some prerequisites:
- First of all, you must make sure you are using a recent version of Chrome. Open the menu by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner of the browser and enter the Settings.
- Then go to Help > About Google Chrometo check the version installed on your device and download the latest stable update available.
- Also make sure you're signed in to the same Google Account on the smartphone (or tablet) and on the PC.
- Then go to Settings > Google and you > Google Services/Sync on both devices to verify that the options for syncing account information are enabled.
- As explained earlier, clipboard sharing is not a stable feature and is therefore not available from Settings. You will need to make it available from a special menu that you can access by entering the chrome://flags command in the browser URL bar.
- In the "Search Flags" search bar, type "clipboard". In the "Available" tab, you will see three flags: "Enables the remote copy feature to receive messages", "Enable shared clipboard feature signals to be handled" and "Raw Clipboard". Enable them all by selecting 'Enabled' instead of 'Default'.
- Now restart Chrome.
The hardest part is done, you can now enjoy the cross-platform clipboard.
- You can now select text with the mouse and right click to open the context menu. You should now have a new option: "Copy to [Name of your phone]". Left-click on it.
On your smartphone, you receive a "Text shared by [Computer name] / Copied to clipboard" notification.
- You then have the possibility to paste the text copied from your computer wherever you want on your mobile phone. Just do as usual: a long press on the screen and "Paste" . Chrome acts as an intermediary, but you can paste the text into any application.
And that's it! Before leaving us, we would like to tell you that this feature is not only available on Chrome, but also on browsers using the Chromium rendering engine. You only need to be logged into your Google account with this third party browser, otherwise the operation is the same (you also need to enable flags).
Finally, we can regret that it is currently only possible to perform this manipulation in one direction. Let's hope that Google will soon give us the opportunity to copy text from our mobile phone and paste it on our computer and find a more efficient system in the future.
It is likely that this will happen at some point, such a feature is being tested on Chrome Canary. But even Apple is struggling to provide a perfect experience in this area. Its universal clipboard option is indeed only available if the two devices are close to each other and have Bluetooth enabled, as well as the "Continuity" (Handoff) options. So it seems that everyone still has a lot of work to do to provide truly intuitive and fast functionality.