Copy & paste sections of text with Gboard

You can use Gboard to paste emails, URLs, phone numbers, numbers, addresses, dates, and times. If you copy a section of text that includes info like an email or phone number, you can choose which part of that text to paste into a new area. For example, you can copy an entire text message with the date, address, and URL for an event, then select and paste only the address to share with a friend to meet you there.

Important: Addresses, dates, and times are only available in certain countries and regions and in certain languages.

What you need

This feature is only available on Pixel phones.

Copy a text block & paste part of the text

Important: You can paste dates only if they’re written in numerical format. For example, you can paste dates like “3/12/2021,” but you can’t paste dates like “March 12, 2021.”

  1. On your phone, copy a block of text you want to share.
  2. Open the app where you want to paste the text.
  3. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  4. At the top of the keyboard, swipe through the options.
  5. Tap the information you want to paste.

Send the same information to someone else

You can send information that you previously copied and pasted to someone else.

  1. At the top of the keyboard, tap Clipboard .
  2. Tap the information you want to paste.
    • Tip: Tap Back to go back to the keyboard.

Save the pasted text for later

After you’ve pasted copied information once, you can save your text selections to use again.

  1. On your phone, open any app that you can type with, like Gmail or Keep.
  2. Tap an area where you can enter text.
  3. At the top of the keyboard, tap Clipboard .
  4. Touch and hold the information you want to save.
  5. Tap Pin
    • Tip: When you’re ready to share it, your selection can be found in the “Pinned” section of your clipboard.
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