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Power up your Android clipboard with these four awesome apps

Ryan Whitwam | April 5, 2016
It's time for you to have the amazing clipboard powers you never knew you needed.

Edit mode lets you clean up the text you copied in case you don't want entire blocks. It produces a small editing interface at the bottom of the screen with selection handles to grab just a portion of what you originally selected. This app is completely free too.

Pushbullet

You've probably heard of Pushbullet—it's that awesome omnibus sharing and notification management tool. What you may not know is that Pushbullet has some awesome clipboard features that you can activate with a quick trip to the settings.

The first toggle you're looking for is called "Automatically copy links and notes." The name probably tells you everything you need to know. Whenever a new bit of text is pushed to the device, it will automatically hit your clipboard so you can paste it instantly. It's just a minor tweak, but super useful.

In that same menu is another fantastic feature: universal copy and paste. Flip the switch and your devices will automatically sync clipboard contents over the internet. You can copy on your phone, then immediately paste on your tablet like magic. If you have the Windows app on your PC, it will sync too. It happens almost instantly and really saves time. Unfortunately, universal copy and paste is a premium feature, so you'll have to subscribe to Pushbullet Pro for a few buck per month. That also includes desktop notification mirroring, larger file sharing, and more.

Clipboard Actions

As the name implies, Clipboard Actions makes it easy to take action on the things you copy. If you want to get a shortened URL, pull up a map, or generate a QR code, I'm not aware of any faster way than this app. It doesn't even require any tedious setup or configuration after installation. Just copy, then check your notification shade for quick actions.

The copied text will be at the top of the notification with a delete button if you decide you don't want it in the clipboard anymore. There are also arrows so you can browse through recent clipboard items. Below that are a few smart suggested actions like placing a call for a copied phone number or generating a shortened URL for web addresses. Below that are more generic options for searching, sharing, generating a QR code, loading in Maps, and translating.

The notification isn't persistent, thankfully. It only shows up when you copy a new item, then you can dismiss it. If you want to retrieve something, you can open the Clipboard Actions app and reload any recent item back into your clipboard, complete with the handy notification. Clipboard Actions is free, and works on any device running KitKat (Android 4.4) or higher.

 

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