The texts that you copy on your smartphone are usually stored on your clipboard. For Android, this functionality is by default. However, it only allows you to recover your latest and recent entry. In other words, the last text that you have copied. But, what happens now to the last text that you have copied a few minutes ago before copying another text? Do you have to retype it? No you do not have to as long as you are able to check and recover the content from your clipboard.
In this article, we shall discuss about two efficient ways to check on your Android device’s clipboard’s history. Through this article, you will learn how to retrieve previously copied text easily without having to worry about losing them.
1. Using Google Keyboard (GBoard)
One way to recover your clipboard history on your Android device is by using the keyboard. Luckily and fortunately, most keyboard apps now include a clipboard manager which you could use to access previously copied texts.
GBoard is one of the most popular, used and installed Android keyboard apps. It is efficient, easy to use and very reliable. Its clipboard manager feature is integrated in Gboard app since the past two years. To use Gboard to check and recover clipboard history all you have to do is follow the steps below:
- While you type with your Gboard, tap on the clipboard icon found next to the Google logo.
- To recover text or clip from your clipboard, tap on it and paste in the text box.
If you wish for your copied text to stay in your Gboard clipboard manager forever, you will need to do this manually.
- Tap and hold the clip
- Select the pin icon
- The clip will now be moved to Pinned section of the clip manager
For you to be able to utilize Gboard clipboard manager, ensure that it is always enabled and active. If your clipboard manager states that it is off, just toggle it to on. Take note that if your clipboard manager is disabled, your Gboard will not be able to back up your copied texts which means you will not be able to recover them.
If you could not find clipboard manager feature on your Gboard, ensure that your app is up to date. To update your Gboard app, click on this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.latin
2. Using dedicated clipboard apps
Another way to view and retrieve clipboard content on Android device is through the use of third party clipboard apps. There are apps that are very advanced and are even fast in copying and pasting texts compared to Gboard. Hence, if you text and copy and paste often, third party apps are perfect for you.
There are clipboard apps could filter and organize the content of of your clipboard by URLs, addresses, etc. You could also encode content into QR codes, translate clips to different languages and many more. We suggest that you check Google Play Store as they offer numerous clipboard apps. However, take note that for security and privacy purposes, make sure that you peruse the required permissions.
Clipboard safety tips
- If you are dealing with sensitive data, ensure that you unpin or delete them
- We highly discourage copying sensitive information such as credit card and passwords details especially when you are using third party clipboard apps.
- Download and use third party apps that are trusted by many. Check the reviews before your download.
That concludes our guide on how to check and recover clipboard history. We hope that through this article, we were able to help you and guide you retrieve your clipboard history.