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The best way to lower, copy, and paste on Android telephones

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Cutting, copying, and pasting are actions which might be recurrently carried out in apps and between apps: getting an deal with from a message right into a map, transferring a picture from an electronic mail to a doc, or simply transferring textual content from one finish of a notice to a different. But whereas I’ve identified the best way to lower, copy, and paste on a laptop computer or desktop laptop for, properly, perpetually, I wasn’t fairly as positive at first the best way to do it on my Android telephone.

In truth, reducing, copying, sharing, or pasting on Android is fairly easy — irrespective of which app you’re in or what you’re making an attempt to maneuver round. Here’s the best way to do it.

Note: I’ve examined these methods on a Google Pixel 8 working Android 14 and a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 working Android 14 and One UI 6.0.

Selecting, copying, and sharing textual content

When you spotlight a piece of textual content, a small bar of choices will pop up above your choice.

When you copy or lower textual content, you’ll see it above your Gboard keyboard.

The course of for choosing textual content on the display screen, whether or not it’s editable textual content (as in a type) or non-editable textual content (like on a webpage), is identical in most situations:

  • Press and maintain on a phrase till it’s chosen.
  • Drag the handles at every finish of the choice if you wish to embrace extra phrases.
  • Tap Select all on the pop-up bar above the choice to pick out all of the textual content within the part.

In some apps (resembling Google Keep), you can too double-tap on a phrase to pick out it, relatively than tapping and holding. You may discover this simpler if the app you’re utilizing helps it. (Gmail, for instance, doesn’t.)

However you do it, as soon as you choose your textual content, you’ll get a listing of choices that seem above the choice.

  • Tap Copy to repeat the textual content to the keyboard, leaving the unique textual content in place.
  • Tap Cut to maneuver the textual content to the clipboard, eradicating the unique textual content. (You can solely do that in a discipline or type the place textual content is editable.)

Android really has a neat trick the place if there’s textual content on the clipboard once you pull up the on-screen keyboard, you’ll see that textual content prepared to stick simply above the keys — simply faucet the textual content to stick it on the present cursor place. (This works on Google’s default Gboard keyboard, the Samsung Keyboard, and it’d work on different keyboard apps as properly.)

  • To paste the textual content, press and maintain your finger on the spot you need to drop the textual content in, then select Paste from the pop-up menu when it seems.
  • Tap Share to ship the textual content straight into one other app — for instance, to repeat an deal with from an internet site and paste it right into a message to somebody on WhatsApp.

There is an alternative choice in the event you’re transferring textual content inside a doc: with the textual content chosen, long-press someplace within the choice, then drag it to its new location. This works in the identical means as going through the clipboard and the Cut and Paste choices.

You will discover some variations in numerous apps — for instance, in Chrome, the place in the event you press on the present website URL, you’ll get a replica icon which you could choose, not a pop-up bar. In common, although, use a protracted press to pick out and duplicate and a protracted press to stick.

Selecting, copying, and pasting photographs

Image copying is straightforward in Chrome — simply press and maintain to get a pop-up menu.

In Google Photos, there’s no copy choice; it’s important to share the photograph.

Working with photographs is much more depending on the app you’re utilizing, in my expertise, however a protracted press is an effective place to start out. In Google Chrome, for instance, press and maintain on a picture, and also you’ll see a pop-up dialog with a Copy picture choice on it.

It’s not fairly this straightforward in each different app. If you’re taking a look at a picture in Google Keep, you might want to faucet on it to make it full display screen, then faucet the three dots (high proper), then select Copy. In Google Docs, you simply want a single brief faucet to deliver up the Copy choice.

Pasting may be very easy, irrespective of which app you’re in.

  • As with textual content, long-press on the spot the place you need the picture to be inserted.
  • Pick Paste from the pop-up bar that seems.

This is assuming you’ll be able to paste in any respect. In Google Photos, which could be the place you’re sharing most photographs from, there’s no copy function in any respect, surprisingly sufficient. In this app:

  • Tap on a photograph to make it full display screen.
  • Tap Share to deliver up the sharing choices.
  • You can now ship the picture on to some other app in your telephone by deciding on the app, however you’ll be able to’t copy and paste it.

It’s the identical story in fairly just a few different apps, together with WhatsApp and Google Messages. You can’t entry copy and lower choices there, solely the usual share choice.

While the picture copying and pasting course of is relatively inconsistent between apps — and at occasions not obtainable in any respect — you need to be capable of get your footage from one place to a different with out an excessive amount of issue.

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