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How to copy and paste multiple text snippets on Android and iOS

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As much as it’s now fairly easy to type quickly on touchscreen keyboards these days, it can be more laborious than using a desktop with a full-sized physical keyboard — especially if you need to format your text and enter special characters.

I’ve got a tip for you. Google’s Gboard and Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard apps come with handy clipboards that let you save multiple snippets of text that you can retrieve and paste anywhere with just a couple of taps on your screen.

I use the clipboard to store things like my postal address, ID numbers, recipes that I frequently share with friends, and anything else that I need to type out more than a few times. Let me show you how to use this feature, and save some time and effort typing on your Android and iOS devices.

Before we begin, you should know that this works on both Gboard and SwiftKey on Android, and only on SwiftKey on iOS (at the time of writing). If we find this feature to be supported on more apps in the future, we’ll update this post.

Android

SwiftKey

Copy any text on your screen by highlighting it, and tapping the Copy button.

Next, tap the clipboard button at the top of the keyboard. You’ll see the copied text snippet below, along with a button in the shape of a pushpin to its right. Tap the pushpin to save this snippet to your clipboard for future reference.