share clipboard content

Your Android phone or tablet is useful on its own, but sometimes it’s just easier to use a computer. Maybe you start taking notes or write something on your phone or tablet, and you decide to continue that task on your computer. In that scenario, you can share clipboard content copied on your mobile device to your computer, and vice versa.

We’ve talked about an app called Pushbullet before, which allows you to see your Android notifications on your computer, send and reply to messages from your computer, and share links between devices.

However, if all you need to do is share clipboard content between your mobile device and your computer (PC or Mac), we have a simpler method. It involves a service called Snapcopy, and we’ll show you how to use it.

Install Snapcopy On Your Computer & Your Android Device

First, open Chrome and add the Snapcopy extension.

Install the Snapcopy extension in Chrome

Next, install the Snapcopy app on your Android device.

Install the Snapcopy app on your Android device

Connect Your Android Device and Your Computer

Now, you need to connect your Android device and your computer through Snapcopy so you can share clipboard content.

In Chrome on your computer, click the Snapcopy button on the toolbar. A popup dialog displays a QR code.

Open the Snapcopy extension in Chrome on your computer

Open the Snapcopy app on your Android device and tap “Scan other device’s barcode“.

Aim the camera on your Android device at the QR code on your computer’s screen until your device reads the code.

Tap Scan other device's barcode

The Snapcopy app on your Android device shows your computer and your device both “Enabled“…

Devices shown as connected on your Android device

… as does the Snapcopy extension in Chrome on your computer.

Devices shown as connected on your computer

Share Clipboard Content Between Your Android Device & Your Computer

Now that your Android device and your computer are connected, you can share clipboard content between the two. You can copy and paste content in both directions.

Share Clipboard Content From Your Android Device To Your Computer

To copy content on your Android device to paste into a program on your computer, tap and hold on some content on your device and drag the handles to select it. Then, tap “Copy” on the popup toolbar.

For our example, we copied some text from an article on Trendblog in Chrome for Android. However, you can copy content from almost any app on your device, like a messages app or an email client.

Copy text on your Android device

Go back to your computer and paste the content into any program that takes that kind of content, like a text editor or word processor.

Paste text in Notepad on your computer

Share Clipboard Content From Your Computer To Your Android Device

You can also copy content from almost any program on your computer and paste it into an app on your Android device that accepts that type of content.

Again, for our example, we copied text from an article on Trendblog. However, you can copy content from almost any program on your computer, like a text editor, a word processor, or an email client.

Copy text on your computer

On your Android device, open the app into which you want to paste the content. Tap and hold to access the popup toolbar and tap “Paste“.

Tap Paste in a text editor on your Android device

For our example, we pasted the text into an Android text editor app.

Text pasted into a text editor on your Android device

You can also share clipboard content between two Android devices using Snapcopy. Simply aim the camera on one device at the QR code in the Snapcopy app on the other device. Then, copy and paste the content you want.

Have you found other ways to share clipboard content between an Android device and a computer? What type of content do you share between devices? Let us know your ideas and experiences in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.