How to sync clipboard between Android phone and Windows PC

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We all know how the Apple ecosystem is tightly integrated to provide users with a seamless experience across phones and PCs. In fact, part of the reason Apple users tend to stick to the ecosystem is due to their useful cross-platform capabilities. One such feature is the universal clipboard. This allows users to easily copy text, images, photos, and videos from one Apple device and paste them into another device. Now, Microsoft has been working to provide the same seamless experience on Android phones. Your Phone app already offers a lot of features, but Microsoft has added a thoughtful new feature that allows you to sync your clipboard between your Android and Windows PCs. Describes how to set and use the “Synchronize between other devices” clipboard function on Android phones and Windows PCs.

Synchronize clipboard between Android and Windows PC (2021)

Unlike Apple’s universal clipboard feature, Microsoft’s implementation, at least not yet, allows you to sync images and videos between Android and Windows devices. Now, here’s everything you need to know to sync clipboard between Android phone and Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

Requirements for syncing clipboard between Android and Windows

You can seamlessly copy and paste text between devices if you meet the following three requirements:

1. You need to use Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard on your Android phone.

2. I have a Windows PC running Windows since the October 10, 2018 update. If not, you can follow this guide to install the latest version of Windows 10 using USB. You can also try Windows 11 to test all the new features. Follow the linked guides to learn how to install Windows 11 from a USB drive.

3. Must be Sign in with your Microsoft account On your Windows PC and SwiftKey app.

Step 1: Download SwiftKey Beta on your Android phone

Download swiftkey beta

Microsoft is currently testing the cloud clipboard feature and can start using it if you are using SwiftKeyBeta version or later. The company could have expected this feature to be rolled out to a stable version soon.

If you want to try it out now, use the link below to download Microsoft SwiftKey Beta from the Play Store. I’ve been using SwiftKeyBeta as my primary keyboard for months and haven’t encountered any app crashes or strange bugs.

Download Microsoft SwiftKey Beta from Play Store

Step 2: Enable cloud clipboard in SwiftKey for Android

1. After installing SwiftKey Beta, you need to do the following: ‘Sign in with Microsoft‘. Once this is done, you’re ready to enable SwiftKey’s cloud clipboard.

Sign in with msftswiftkey

2. From the home screen of the app Tap “Abundant Input” and select “Clipboard”..

Rich input swiftkey

3. Now New “Synchronize Clipboard History” toggle.. Once enabled, you will be prompted to sign in again with your Microsoft account for confirmation. Sign in again to proceed.

Synchronize clipboard history

4. After enabling the toggle, you can choose to disable’Show last copied item as a quick paste option in the prediction bar‘toggle. Do this if you don’t want to see what you copied from your Windows PC in the Android Skwift Key suggestion bar. However, the copied text will appear in the clipboard history.

Show last copied item as quick paste option

Step 3: Enable cloud clipboard on Windows 10 / Windows 11 PC

Note: I’ve shown this using a Windows 11 PC, but it works on Windows updates after October 10, 2018. The UI of the Settings app is a little different, but the steps to enable the cloud clipboard in Windows 10 are the same. You can enable this feature on your Windows PC by following the steps below.

1. Now that you have set up SwiftKey on your Android phone, configure the cloud clipboard on your Windows PC.To do this, open the Settings app Go to “System-> Clipboard”..[クリップボード]Until you find an option[システム設定]Scroll down the page.

Clipboard settings app window

2.[クリップボードの設定]and, Enable “Sync between devices” toggle Starts clipboard synchronization between devices. In Windows 10, the toggle is displayed as “Sync between devices”. As mentioned earlier, you must be signed in to your PC with a Microsoft account to use this feature.

Windows 11 syncing between devices

Step 4: Use cloud clipboard to sync copied text between Android and Windows

Once you’ve set up your Windows PC and Android phone to sync your clipboard history, it’s pretty easy to use. You can copy any text from your PC and it will be displayed on your mobile phone under SwiftKey’s clipboard feature. The reverse is also true. The Copy from Another Device label appears on SwiftKey’s clipboard to identify the text you copied in Windows. Synchronized text is retained for 1 hour..

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In my tests, the clipboard synced almost instantly and I was able to seamlessly copy and paste between laptops running Pixel 3 XL running Windows 11 and Android 12 beta. As long as you have a reliable internet connection, you may be comfortable using Microsoft’s cloud clipboard.

Manage cloud clipboard settings for privacy

If you’re scared of the idea of ​​syncing everything you copy to your PC to your phone, you can also sync your clipboard manually. Follow the steps below to enable this nifty feature on both your Windows PC and Android device.

1. From the clipboard settings page on your Windows PC, select.Manually sync the copied text‘Option to sync clipboard at any time. In Windows 10, this option will show “Do not sync copied text automatically”.

Synchronize the clipboard manually or automatically

2. To manually synchronize the clipboard, use the Windows keyboard shortcut “Win + V” to access the clipboard history panel. Click the three horizontal dot menus next to the copied text and click[同期]Click the button (see image below).Now you can Select when to sync the clipboard This is in contrast to automatically syncing everything you copy.

Manually sync windows

3. The SwiftKey app has an option to turn off syncing from the clipboard history panel. This is useful for entering sensitive information such as passwords (if you have not already used a password manager).

Suspend sync swiftkey

Microsoft SwiftKey Cloud Clipboard: Is it safe to use?

If privacy is important, you should wonder if this feature is actually safe to use. Well, Microsoft says so. According to the company Clipboard data is encrypted and not associated with your Microsoft account.. The company also promises that SwiftKey will not process or store your data. It’s also worth mentioning that the synced clips will be available for an hour and then disappear.

Microsoft SwiftKey Cloud Clipboard Alternative: Clitt

If you’re looking for an alternative to SwiftKey’s cloud clipboard, you can try the OnePlus Clitt app. Apart from the clipboard history, you can also use Clip to send text, images, and other files between devices. The problem is that I need to use the Google Chrome extension to enhance the desktop side. That is, the process is not as smooth as the clipboard sync option built into Windows.

If you’re interested, get the app and extensions from the links below to find out more about the Clip app.

Download Clipt Android App (Free) | Download Clipt Chrome Extensions (Free)

Seamlessly copy and paste text between Windows and Android devices

The SwiftKey cloud clipboard is definitely a quality of life improvement for anyone using an Android phone and a Windows PC or laptop. I can’t wait to see this feature in a stable version of SwiftKey, but if you want to be an early adopter, I hope this article will help you start syncing your clipboard history. If you are looking for another powerful clipboard manager for Windows, you can find the right one from the linked articles. In addition, if you get stuck with any of the steps or have questions about the above process, please let us know in the comments section below.