No more copying and pasting in Slack or Teams to share data between devices.

Windows 10 Android clipboard function

Microsoft finally rolled out one of the most requested crossover productivity features between Windows and Android: a cloud clipboard.

You no longer have to copy and paste text between your favorite messaging app and your work documents. Instead, the cloud clipboard records your Android entries and allows you to copy them to your Windows computer – an enormous time saver without a doubt.

Latest SwiftKey beta enables cloud clipboard – finally

Windows 10 has long had a cloud clipboard option. Once activated, you'll be able to share your Windows 10 clipboard with your connected Windows 10 devices and share your copied snippets and files between computers pretty seamlessly.

However, one long-standing criticism is that you were unable to share your clipboard contents between your Android devices and Windows 10. At least not easy.

But now the latest Microsoft SwiftKey beta update has delivered the feature many users have been waiting for after months of speculation: sharing the cloud clipboard between Windows and Android devices.

Gone are the days of emailing yourself website links, phone numbers, and addresses. You can now use Microsoft SwiftKey's cloud clipboard to sync your copied text across all of your devices.

Sure, sharing copied content between your devices isn't that difficult, especially with the myriad of chat apps and cloud storage tools that most people use on a daily basis. But anything that makes the process easier, and most importantly, faster, is a welcome addition.

It is important to note that the cloud clipboard does not store very much information. According to the SwiftKey update page, "Your cloud clipboard will only keep your most recently copied clip. Your clip will be available for an hour."

If you work between computers at the same time, that's not a problem. However, if you plan on storing something in the cloud for later use, consider an alternative sharing option.

Related: How to Manage Your Windows Clipboard Like a Pro

How to Use the Cloud Clipboard with SwiftKey Beta and Windows 10

As you'd expect, accessing the cloud clipboard between Android and Windows 10 is a two-part process.

First on your Android device:

  1. You need a copy of SwiftKey for Android

  2. After installation go to Rich input> clipboard

  3. Tap the Sync clipboard history with the cloud button

  4. Sign in to your Microsoft account

Next on your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Go to Settings> System> Clipboard

  2. To choose Clipboard history to turn it on

  3. To choose Synchronize across devices to enable sharing of the cloud clipboard

  4. Sign in to your Microsoft account when prompted

The cloud clipboard is a welcome addition to the operating system (both Android and Windows 10), but if you share a lot of information frequently, other cloud data sharing options may better suit your needs.

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Gavin Phillips
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Gavin is the Junior Editor for Windows and Technology Explained, is a regular contributor to the Really Useful Podcast, and is a regular product reviewer. He has a BA (Hons) Contemporary Writing with Digital Art Practices Looted from the Devon Hills, as well as over a decade of professional writing experience. He enjoys plenty of tea, board games, and soccer.

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