Cross-device copy and paste

Applies to: Your Phone appWindows 10

Which devices support cross-device copy and paste?


Cross-device copy and paste is supported on Android devices that are running One UI version 2.1. On your phone, go to Settings > About > Software Information. A few examples of devices with this version are the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20+, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip devices. 

How can I copy and paste between my phone and PC?


You can copy and paste using the same shortcuts you normally use on your Android phone and PC.

Before using Cross-device copy and paste for the first time, you'll need to make sure the feature is turned on. On your PC:

Open the Your Phone app on your PC, go to Settings > Cross-device copy and paste, and make sure the toggle is On for “Allow this app to access and transfer content I copy and paste between my phone and PC.”

What can I copy and paste between my phone and PC?


It is only possible to copy text and images between your devices currently. Images above 1MB in size will be resized. 

A note about Secure Folders: You can copy content and paste it into a Secure Folder, but you can't copy and paste content from a Secure Folder onto your PC. Copying something from a Secure Folder will still replace any content you have on your PC clipboard.

I tried to use copy and paste but it didn’t work. Why?


First, make sure you have this feature turned on. On your PC:

Open the Your Phone app, go to Settings > Cross-device copy and paste, and make sure the toggle is On for “Allow this app to access and transfer content I copy and paste between my phone and PC.”

If you tried to copy a large section of text and it didn’t paste on the other device, it’s likely to have exceeded the allowable amount. Try copying and pasting smaller sections between your devices.


If the feature is already turned on but you’re still unable to copy and paste content, there may be a connection issue between your Android phone and PC. Try closing both the Your Phone app on your PC and Link to Windows on your phone. Reopen both apps – your most recent messages, photos, and notifications should be visible in the Your Phone app on your PC if your connection is working normally. You should now be able to successfully copy and paste your content again. As a last resort, restart your PC and try again.

NOTE: If you're using Edge, please make sure to update to the latest version of the Edge browser. 

Does what I copy on one device get added to the other device if I don't paste it here?


Every time you copy something on either device, what you copy will replace the clipboard content on both of your devices. 

My copied text lost its formatting


The apps you may be copying from and to may have different capabilities in how they read copied text, so you may occassionally lose your formatting. 

Does copying and pasting between my devices use data?


Cross-device copy and paste requires the exchange of data between your PC and Android phone. If you’ve allowed your devices to sync over mobile data, and you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network, then copy and paste will use data. If this setting is turned off, you’ll only be able to copy and paste when both your Android phone and PC are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

If you have the Link to Windows app on your Android phone, you can check this by going to Settings > Advanced Features > Link to Windows and toggle Use mobile data.

If you have the Your Phone Companion app on your Android phone, open the app, go to Settings > Sync over mobile data, and check to see if this is turned on.