How Do I Copy and Paste Text on My Android Phone?

How to master copying and pasting text on your Android device.

When we’re using a computer, we take for granted how easy it is to copy and paste a bit of text from one document or website to another. But on phone, it can be a little trickier — especially if you have big fingers and a small screen! But there are ways to make copy-pasting text on your device a little simpler and aggravation free.

  1. Locate the text you want to copy — be it from an email, tweet, or app.
  2. Tap and press on a word in the text to highlight to bring up two sliders. Adjust the range of the highlighted text by moving the sliders.
  3. Once you have everything selected, tap Copy.
  4. Open the app or webpage where you want to paste the text.
  5. Tap and hold in the text box to bring up the Paste option. Tap Paste, and boom — your text is right where you want it.

If you want to copy text from Messages, the process is slightly different:

  1. Lightly tap and press a text bubble to bring up a list of icons at the top of the screen.
  2. Choose the one that looks like two sheets of paper. That copies all the text in the message.
  3. You won’t get the sliders to select a highlighted portion, so when you paste your text you might need to do a little editing.

Now, go forth and share as much text as your fingers can highlight!

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