Windows 10's new Cloud Clipboard will soon be coming to SwiftKey on Android

Starting with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft is rolling out a new feature on PCs called "Cloud Clipboard," that saves text and images that you copy into a history box that you can refer back to later, and even sync across devices.

While useful, many have been wondering when Microsoft would bring copy and paste syncing to mobile devices, allowing users to sync copied content from a PC, and paste it on their phone, and vice-versa. Now, we know that Microsoft is planning to implement such functionality into SwiftKey on Android, thanks to a new popup that appeared server-side in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update RTM.

When enabling sync in Cloud Clipboards settings, a new link that says "Get an app to sync clipboard items to your phone" appears which when pressed will popup a coming soon page encouraging you to download the SwiftKey Beta for Android. There's no mention of whether the same functionality will be coming to SwiftKey on iOS however, so for now it looks like Android will be the first to get the new Cloud Clipboard capabilities.

Interestingly, this coming soon page only appears sometimes for us. Usually, it just takes you to the usual phone linking instruction page, but today I noticed it now detailing that it will be coming to SwiftKey on Android. In fact, the message encourages the user to install the SwiftKey Beta app on Android, which is likely where the feature will show up first for testing.

As of right now, the feature isn't live on Android yet. SwiftKey already has a clipboard history feature, which Cloud Clipboard is likely going to replace. Are you planning to use Cloud Clipboard across your PC and phone? Let us know in the comments!

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • There was a time when Microsoft launched everything in iOS first and Android later. Now it seems that it's doing the opposite.
  • It's because these innovations aren't possible on IOS. Stupid Apple.
  • How about SwiftKey keyboard on W10, I would love to have a phone sized keyboard in tablet mode........ The small one currently in W10 is similar to the old Windows 10 Mobile keyboard, but it's not nearly as good. Having SwiftKey would be a great addition to tablet mode!
  • Finally I'll be able to get off of pushbullet. This is awesome!
  • Yeah that's a big part of it for me. Pushbullet is crap.
  • Definitely looking forward to seeing it go live.
  • Will definitely use this. Can be very handy sometime
  • Yaaaaaaaaay! This is awesome!
  • Not sure, I generally don't do much copy pasting between mobile and pc, for example via email or messaging method as the current surrogate.
    I think I would find it useful as a way to manage passwords and two step authentication moments where copy pasting is easier than typing over the number.
    That would be about it.
    If, in due time, clipboard would allow faster file transfers between phone and pc to transfers photo's than via dedicated apps or onedrive, it might have some more interesting versatility and value.
  • I'm guessing it's only being promoted for Android since it's easy for anyone to get the beta. Hopefully it'll roll out to testflight on iOS soon enough cause this is one of the things I've been most excited for since it was announced a year ago.
  • I love this!!! I just turned on this feature in W10 v1809. Looking forward to seeing this available in Swiftkey soon. I have been wondering about this for quite a while.
  • I already use SwiftKey. This will be so useful. I always want to transfer text between my phone and PC.
  • I can't wait to have SwiftKey updated to this feature! SwiftKey is the best keyboard, and it's about to get better!
  • What's happening with cloud clipboard coming to android?
  • Any updates? Here we are 7 months later...