Our smartphones and tablets are very capable devices on their own, but it’s fair to say that, in some aspects, nothing beats a dedicated computer. Whether you’re browsing for information, trying to do something more complex like reading a PDF or submitting important information, or even just trying to get a website going that doesn’t work on your mobile browser, some tasks are simply more suited for the computer. However, because it’s more convenient, often times we find ourselves starting a task or having a conversation on our mobile devices, and then find the need to continue on our computers. But how can we do that? Today we’ll show you how, by adding the ability to share the clipboard between multiple devices!
Although we have covered applications like Pushbullet, which allows you to share links and content in between devices, what we’re going to talk about today is a more straightforward alternative to do the same thing, seamlessly, without having to push the content to begin with. Instead of individually pushing links between your devices, the service that we’re going to use today directly shares the clipboard between your browser and your phone, so that if you copy from one device, you’re able to paste on both. That service is called Snapcopy, and you can start by installing the Chrome extension by clicking this link. You should see something like this:
Just click the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension to your browser. A new icon show be added to your address bar:
When you click it, you’ll see a small pop-up with instructions on how to connect additional devices. In particular, you should see a QR code and a button to install the Android app. This is what we’re going to do now – just click that button, or use this link to get the app directly from the Play Store if you prefer:
Once the app is installed on your phone, open it up and you should see an interface very similar to the one on the browser extension. Except, this time we’ll be adding our computer to the app:
Tap the “Scan other device’s barcode” button and a camera interface should open up:
Simply hold the QR code in the center of the screen for a while and your browser should automatically be added, and now visible in the app:
You should also get a small notification on your browser, and the phone should now be visible on the extension. Make sure the “Enabled” option appears in green next to each of the devices:
Now, here’s the cool part. Just copy some text, and you’ll be able to paste it on any of your devices. For example, let’s say I wanted to copy some text from my phone’s browser:
After holding to select the text and hitting “Copy”, I can just press the CTRL+V shortcut on my computer (or right-click, then pick “Paste”) and the text will appear right away:
You don’t have to share it, press a button, you don’t even have to wait for it to sync – just copy it, and you can paste it on any device with Snapcopy enabled. The same goes for your browser, too. Let’s say you wanted to copy an email address, or a password. Just select and then copy the text on your computer:
And then paste on your phone:
This is by far the easiest way I have found to share links, passwords, addresses or even simple bits of text across devices. While it doesn’t have the convenience of a dedicated push service, where you can push other things like messages or notifications, simply sharing the clipboard is going to satisfy most of your day-to-day needs. In addition to that, because it works instantly after the one-time setup, without even requiring you to hit the share button, it’s much faster and more efficient for you, if you just want to quickly get text from your phone to your computer. Any questions or doubts? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below!