Smartphones and tablets have turned into full-fledged working tools. users exchange files, view documentation on gadget screens, and send emails. This often necessitates copying text elements from one file to another. In phones and other devices on Android, the clipboard is responsible for such a function. Where is it located and how to clean it
What is a clipboard?
The clipboard is part of the RAM of a smartphone or tablet, where blocks of copied text information are stored. Thanks to him, the user can cut out parts of the text from messages, documents or the search bar of the browser, and paste them into other documents, emails or notes. In this case, the physical buffer file does not exist in the Android system.
If necessary, the clipboard helps to quickly send contact information, hard-to-remember details with a large number of digits and other information.
How to copy and paste text on Android
To copy a piece of text to the clipboard, press and hold your finger on any word. After a second, the system will highlight the word with a blue or greenish tint, and two delimiters will appear at the borders. Follow the instructions below:
- Pull the first delimiter to set the start of copying, and then the second to mark the end of the text block.
- From the pop-up menu, select Copy. You will see the inscription: "The item is copied to the clipboard."
- Open the page or application where you want to paste the text, and hold your finger on the input field.
- In the menu that opens, select "Paste." The text block will be copied.
In some applications (for example, the mail client from Mail.Ru), when copying text, instead of a pop-up menu with the "Copy" and "Paste" options, a panel opens with the corresponding icons at the top of the screen.
Android versions 4.4 and higher allow you to save more than one text block to the buffer, with the possibility of subsequent viewing. To view and copy elements from the clipboard, just hold your finger on the text input field and select “Clipboard”.
Gallery. how to use the clipboard on the example of LG G3
Video. how to copy from clipboard using Samsung as an example
Where to find and how to clear the clipboard in a smartphone
Items stored in the clipboard load the RAM of a smartphone or tablet. Periodically, it is necessary to clean the device. There are three ways to free up buffer space.
If direct access to the clipboard is available on your device, follow the instructions:
- Open any application with a text input field.
- Hold the field with your finger and select “Clipboard” in the menu.
- At the bottom of the screen, a panel opens with all the elements copied earlier.
- At the top right of the panel, click the button with the trash can icon.
- Check the boxes for the items you want to remove and click the corresponding button.
If you did not find the basket button, hold down one of the text blocks of the buffer. After a second, red crosses appear on each element. To clear the buffer, click on the crosses near the items you want to delete.
Gallery. clear clipboard
Method requiring root privileges
The method requires root access to enter the root folder of the Android system. The file responsible for the RAM is stored there. To clear the clipboard:
- Open the file manager and go to the root directory of Android.
- Find the data / clipboard folder and empty it.
- In the smartphone’s menu, select “Settings. Applications” and open the “All” tab.
- Select the TestService application and, in turn, click the Stop and Clear buttons.
- Reboot the gadget.
For root access, download and install the Kingo Android Root app from the Play Store. Rooting a device with this program requires a PC connection and takes 5-7 minutes.
For devices that do not have direct access to the clipboard, use the free Clipper app. After installation, the application icon is displayed in the notification curtain for quick access to the copied elements. The free version of the program allows you to store up to 20 pieces of text, while frequently used blocks can be fixed over the rest. The components of the clipboard can be grouped on tabs. for example, links to profiles on social networks, details, etc.
To remove all text blocks from the buffer, click on the trash can icon in the upper right of the screen, then confirm the action. To delete blocks one at a time, hold down one of the records with your finger, then tick off other unnecessary checkmarks and click on the trash can icon.
Gallery. Using Clipper on the Phone
Video. Clipper review
If the clipboard is not working
If the clipboard does not work, and the Copy / Paste buttons do not appear, clean up the RAM to obtain root rights, as described above.
If the first method does not help, do a full reset of your smartphone, the so-called hard reset. To do this, open the device’s settings menu, select “Restore and reset”, and then select “Erase data” or “Reset settings”. Remember. rolling back the smartphone to the factory settings, you automatically delete all applications and user data. Use this method as a last resort.
Do not be afraid to use the clipboard in your work, but do not save personal data in it. passwords, details and others. After copying and sending sensitive data, be sure to clear the buffer.