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Windows 10 and Android clipboards can now sync across devices

Swiftkey Spanned Typing Surface Duo
Swiftkey Spanned Typing Surface Duo (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft SwiftKey Beta now supports Cloud Clipboard to sync content across devices.
  • Cloud Clipboard works with Windows 10 as well as SwiftKey Beta on Android.
  • You have to enable the feature on both your PC and SwiftKey Beta on your phone.

Microsoft's latest update to SwiftKey Beta lets you sync your clipboard history between Android and Windows 10. You could already sync your clipboard across Windows devices, but the functionality now spans across platforms. To use Cloud Clipboard to sync across devices, you need to enable it on your smartphone and your PC.

The feature appears to be rolling out in stages. Despite updating SwiftKey Beta this morning, I still don't see the option. If it is available for you, the following steps will allow you to turn the feature on:

  1. Open SwiftKey Beta.
  2. Select Rich input.
  3. Select Clipboard.
  4. Enable Sync clipboard history.

You also have to enable clipboard syncing on your Windows device:

  1. Open the Windows 10 Settings app.
  2. Select System.
  3. Select Clipboard.
  4. Enable Clipboard history.
  5. Enable Sync across devices.
  6. Set Automatic syncing to Automatically sync text that I copy.

Windows 11 also supports clipboard syncing, so the feature should work with Microsoft's new operating system.

With so many services syncing across devices, it makes sense to have clipboard content sync as well. People frequently continue conversations or workflows across devices, so being able to copy text on one device and paste it onto another is a welcome addition.

Microsoft had another form of clipboard syncing through its Your Phone app before, but having the option directly within a keyboard app may be a more natural option for people.

Sean Endicott
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5 Comments
  • I thought this already existed but never saw it working but I am glad it's officially in beta. Now I can't wait to test it out. 🙂
  • Yeah, previously it was available but only through Your Phone. Now it seems to be more native.
  • To be honest, I never understood how to get it working through your phone. I had always used roamit
  • Iv been using this for a year successfully lol. On the pc side I want the pen and keyboard and the emojiand snip and sketch and the clipboard as click able icons along the bottom of start not in the Taskbar and able to be pinned right where the power button is. Usability with touch this would be a win.
  • Since 95% of my ecosystem is Windows and Microsoft, I have been using this feature successfully for a long time. I guess it's the your phone connection, but I swear SwiftKey was handling it. I use SwiftKey beta as standard BTW.