Sync Clipboard Between Android Phone and Windows PC

We all know how tightly integrated the Apple ecosystem is to provide users with a seamless experience on their phones and computers. In fact, one reason Apple users stick with the ecosystem is because of its useful cross-platform features. One such feature is Universal Clipboard, which allows users to easily copy and paste text, images, photos, and videos from one Apple device to another. Microsoft is working to provide the same seamless experience as Android phones. The Your Phone app already gives you a ton of functionality, but Microsoft has now added a thoughtful new feature that lets you sync your clipboard between Android and Windows PC. We’ll teach you how to set up and use the ‘sync between other devices’ clipboard feature on your Android phone and Windows PC.

Sync Clipboard Between Android and Windows PC (2021)

Unlike Apple’s Universal Clipboard feature, in Microsoft’s app, you can’t sync images and videos between your Android and Windows devices, at least not yet. Meanwhile, here’s everything you need to know to sync your clipboard between your Android phone and your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

Requirements to Sync Clipboard Between Android and Windows

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

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

2. You have a Windows PC running the Windows 10 October 2018 update or newer. 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 guide to learn how to install Windows 11 from a USB drive.

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

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Step 1: Download SwiftKey Beta to Your Android Phone

Microsoft is currently testing the cloud clipboard feature and you can get started if you have SwiftKey Beta version 7.8.5.3 or later. We can expect the company to release the feature to the stable version very soon.

If you want to try it right now, download SwiftKey Beta from Play Store using the link below. I’ve been using SwiftKey Beta as my primary keyboard for months now and have never had any app crashes or weird bugs.

download SwiftKey Beta from Play Store

Step 2: Enable Cloud Clipboard in SwiftKey for Android

1. After installing SwiftKey beta, ‘Sign in with Microsoft‘. Once that’s done, you’re all set to enable SwiftKey’s cloud clipboard.

login with msft swiftkey

2. From the main screen of the application, Tap ‘Rich input’ and select ‘Clipboard’.

rich input hotkey

3. Now a new ‘Sync clipboard history’ toggle. Enable it and you will be asked to sign in again with your Microsoft account for verification. Sign in again to continue.

sync clipboard history

4. After enabling the toggle, click ‘Show last copied item in prediction bar as quick paste option‘ pass. Do this if you don’t want to see what you copied from your Windows PC in the SkwiftKey suggestions bar on Android. However, you will see the copied text in your clipboard history.

show last copied item as quick paste option

Step 3: Enable Cloud Clipboard on Windows 10/ Windows 11 PC

note: I’ve demonstrated this using a Windows 11 PC, but it works on Windows 10 October 2018 update and newer. While the UI of the Settings app is slightly different, the steps to enable cloud clipboard in Windows 10 are the same. To enable this feature on your Windows PC, simply follow the instructions below.

1. Now that you have SwiftKey installed on your Android phone, it’s time to configure the cloud clipboard on your Windows PC. To do this, open the Settings app and Go to ‘System -> Clipboard’. Scroll down on the System settings page until you find the Clipboard option.

clipboard settings application windows

2. Under Clipboard settings, Enable the ‘Sync between your devices’ toggle To start syncing your clipboard between devices. In Windows 10, you will see the toggle as ‘Sync between devices’. As mentioned earlier, using this feature requires you to sign in to your computer with your Microsoft account.

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Sync between your Windows 11 devices

Step 4: Using Cloud Clipboard to Sync Copied Text Between Android and Windows

Using it is pretty simple once you set up your Windows PC and Android phone to sync clipboard history. You can copy any text from your PC and it will appear on your phone under SwiftKey’s clipboard feature. The opposite is also true. You will see a ‘Copied from another device’ label on SwiftKey’s clipboard to identify the text you copied on Windows. Your synced texts will stay for an hour.

In my testing, clipboard syncing was almost instantaneous, and I was able to copy and paste seamlessly between a Pixel 3 XL running Windows 11 and Android 12 beta and a laptop. As long as your internet connection is reliable, you’re likely to have a pleasant experience with Microsoft’s cloud clipboard.

Manage Cloud Clipboard Settings for Privacy

If the idea of ​​syncing everything you copy to your PC to your phone scares you, you also have the option of manually syncing your clipboard. To enable this nifty feature on both your Windows PC and Android device, follow these steps:

1. From the Clipboard settings page on your Windows PC, click ‘Manually sync the text I copiedOption to sync your clipboard anytime. In Windows 10 you will see this option as ‘Never automatically sync the text I copy’.

sync clipboard manually or automatically

2. To sync your clipboard manually, access the clipboard history panel with the Windows keyboard shortcut ‘Win + V’. Click on the horizontal ellipsis menu next to the copied text and click the Sync button (shown in the image below). Now you can choose when to sync your clipboard as opposed to automatically syncing everything you copy.

sync windows manually

3. In SwiftKey you have the option to turn off sync from the clipboard history panel. This can be useful if you’re typing in sensitive details like passwords (if you’re not still using a password manager).

pause sync slider

SwiftKey Cloud Dashboard: Is it Safe to Use?

If you value your privacy, you must be wondering if this feature is truly secure. Well, Microsoft says so. According to the company, your clipboard data is encrypted and not associated with your Microsoft account. The company further warrants that SwiftKey does not process or store your data. It’s also worth noting that your synced clip will be available for an hour and will disappear after that.

SwiftKey Cloud Clipboard Alternative: Clipt

If you are looking for an alternative to SwiftKey’s cloud clipboard, you can try the Clipt app from OnePlus. Besides your clipboard history, you can also use Clipt to send text, images, and other files between devices. The trick is that you need to use a Google Chrome extension to power the desktop side of things. This means that the process will not be as smooth as the built-in clipboard sync option in Windows.

If you’re interested, you can get the app and extension from the links below, and check out our Clipt app coverage for more.

Download the Clipt Android app (free) | Download the Clipt Chrome extension (free)

Seamlessly Copy and Paste Text on Windows and Android Devices

The SwiftKey cloud clipboard is undoubtedly a quality of life improvement for anyone using an Android phone and Windows PC or laptop. We look forward to seeing this feature in the stable release of SwiftKey, but if you want to be an early adopter, we hope this article helps you get started with syncing your clipboard history. If you are looking for other powerful clipboard managers for Windows, you can find a good one in our linked article. Also, if you get stuck with any of the steps or have questions about the process described above, let us know in the comments section below.

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