Microsoft is finally bringing Windows 10 clipboard sync to all Android phones

Windows 10 clipboard sync

Microsoft-owned SwiftKey will be getting a big update later
this year, and one of the new features would be cloud clipboard
integration. In a recent SwiftKey beta release, Microsoft has
finally enabled support for a feature that lets you copy and
paste text from your other Windows devices.

For those unfamiliar, Windows 10 comes with a clipboard manager
and it lets you easily cut, copy, and paste items across your
devices. With Cloud clipboard, you can store a history of items
that you’ve cut or copied from the primary or secondary
devices. To access this feature, you need to use Win + V
keyboard shortcut.

With the latest SwiftKey update, you can finally sync your
clipboard history through the cloud and access the content on
any device. For example, you can copy something out of a
document or webpage on your desktop and paste it into an app on
your Android phone where SwiftKey is installed.

Similarly, you can also copy the text on mobile and paste it on
your desktops. You will, of course, need to enable
clipboard data sync on both Windows 10 and Android.

How to sync clipboard across your devices

First and foremost, download and install SwiftKey Beta from the
Play Store. In the SwiftKey ap, tap on “Rich input” and select
“Clipboard”. On the next screen, select and enable the ‘Sync
clipboard history to the cloud’ toggle.

You will be asked to login to your Microsoft account to
continue.

SwiftKey app update

Once done, open Windows 10 Settings app and navigate to System
> Clipboard. Turn on the following two options (if you don’t
have them enabled already):

  • Clipboard history
  • Sync across devices

Windows 10 Clipboard settings

If you’ve followed the steps correctly, you’ll be able to sync
your clipboard across your Android and Windows 10 PCs. Remember
that Cloud Clipboard will only retain your last copied clip for
an hour and the last copied cloud clip will be shown on your
prediction bar in the SwiftKey app.

Cloud Clipboard

Of course, you can turn off the cloud clip predictions by
navigating to SwiftKey >Rich input > Clipboard.

SwiftKey Clipboard

The clipboard data is encrypted and it won’t be linked to your
Microsoft account.

It’s worth noting that Microsoft has always allowed Samsung
owners to sync their clipboard history using the “Link to
Windows” feature, but the SwiftKey update brings the exact same
functionality to all Android phones.

In related news,
Microsoft is also working on a new clipboard manager for
Windows with GIF, emoji integration, and a modern
interface.

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