In Android, you can not only copy and paste text, but also images. It does not yet work in all apps or on all phones, although there are ways to make this powerful clipboard tool more seamless. We explain how to copy images for pasting in WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps.
The typical “copypaste” has been in Android almost since its inception. It was even the result of conflicts with iOS due to the time it took for Apple to implement the tool. As far as text goes, another thing is images: Chrome started gesturing photo copying in early 2020. And photo collage arrived over the following months, mainly via the Gboard clipboard. Nowadays, it is quite easy to copy and paste images through this plugin.
Gboard’s clipboard makes pasting images easy
Android as such has supported copying and pasting images for a long time, the problem lies with the apps, which not all of them support this function. For example, the Samsung keyboard has a “multimedia copypaste” and has offered this functionality for some time. And Gboard is the most recommended generic app if you need this tool on your Android.
Copy an image to Google Chrome and paste it directly into WhatsApp or Telegram, this is an option that you can do in very few steps. Let’s see how.
- Install Gboard on your phone (if it doesn’t or already has) and activate it. Chances are you already have another keyboard that supports media clipboard, like the one from Samsung (in case you have a device of this brand).
- Open Google Chrome and load the desired page. You can also search if you need a very specific image.
- Once you locate the photo on the loaded page hold on with your finger until the action menu appears.
- Select “Copy image”: it will be automatically added to your Android clipboard.
- Now go to the app where you want to paste the image, such as WhatsApp or Telegram. Tap in the text field and the paste icon will appear with the image and a “Paste” in the text (or “Paste”). Click here.
- The photo will be pasted automatically. In the case of WhatsApp, you will need to do an intermediate step before pasting it (in case you want to edit the image).
- In other applications, such as a Drive document, you can paste the photos directly from the native Android menu: tap and hold on the exact point you want and wait for the ‘Paste’ option to appear. Click on it and the image you copied earlier will be pasted.
With these methods, you will have the possibility to paste images in some applications, always from Google Chrome and similar browsers
In order not to lose the photo along the way, be sure to copy the image and paste it just below. If you do some other task in between, chances are the paste icon won’t appear on Gboard (or another keyboard)
Copy any photo to your Android clipboard
Image to Clipboard is an application that copy to the clipboard all photos that are shared with it. For example, you can share an image sent to you from Telegram with the app: it will automatically be in your Android clipboard. Then you can easily paste it using Gboard.
The app we’re talking about is straightforward, lacks ads, and only has one purchase to collaborate with the developer. And that all of a sudden solves the problem that apps don’t have support with copying images: if they allow sharing, the photo can be copied with Image to clipboard.