How do I access my stock clipboard on my Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL?

December 21, 2017 - Tech

I just moved away from the Samsung Galaxy line and bought the new Google Pixel 2 XL and one of the more useful features that I am missing on the Pixel is the clipboard functionality.

I’ve been with Samsung for a long time (S5, S6, S8) and loved their phones, but was finally convinced to move to the Google Pixel due to the glowing reviews and hype.

When moving to a new phone maker, it’s expected to not have all the bells and whistles, but the Pixel is missing a few things that you would think would be standard such as an easy way to access your photo gallery. However the biggest miss is what seems like a lack of a stock clipboard.

Where’s the Clipboard, Google?

It’s something I noticed the first day I had my Pixel. Now a little over two weeks into my Google Pixel 2 XL and I’m finally getting around to trying to figure how to access the clipboard feature — if even it exists. I know how to copy, cut and paste, but when I open up that menu, the clipboard option is usually available, too. So when I copy to clipboard on my new Pixel phone, I’m like yo, “where is the clipboard history on my Pixel?”

Does Google Pixel Line Have a Clipboard?

The basic question is not where to find the clipboard, but whether Google’s phone actually has a clipboard at all. Unfortunately and shockingly, our research is all pointing to the fact that the stock versions of the Pixel phone series don’t have clipboard or clipboard history functionality!

I know what you’re thinking and I’m thinking the same thing… WHAT?!

For as advanced as the Pixel phones are and as critically-acclaimed as they’ve been, they somehow don’t come with what-seems-to-be-a-standard-feature as a clipboard.

Ok, So How Do I Get a Clipboard on my Pixel?

Without it being a stock feature, you’ll have to be resourceful. A user on Google’s Product Forums suggested using Google Keep whenever they had to copy something important. The obvious other option is downloading one of the dozen clipboard apps available on Google Play. There are several paid and free apps you can choose from.

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We don’t yet have a recommendation as to which clipboard app is the best, but will update this post when we do.

In any case, it’s easy enough to download and install an app onto our Pixel, but the hope is that Google will step it up and integrate a native clipboard solution with one of their next Android software updates. We have our fingers crossed.

› tags: Android / clipboard / Google Pixel / Google Play / history / how to / Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL / Samsung Galaxy /

Comments

  1. Pixel 2 hater says:

    Myself included.
    I was sold on the hype about the Google Pixel 2. What a mistake.
    I have found the clipboard on SwiftKey to be fairly useful, but I can’t copy portions of a text message for instance, I have to copy the entire thing. -WTF?
    The phone is glitchy with lines down the screen. While scrolling a page, I automatically am taken to the url search bar – this evening, I lost gps signal multiple times and the weather isn’t even that bad.
    I’m totally unimpressed with the Google Pixel 2 and am definitely thinking of upgrading back to a Samsung.
    This phone besides the great camera is complete garbage.

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  3. Norm Bour says:

    I just got by Pixel after 3 generations of Samsung and I am not wowed either. No clipboard, no headphone jack pug in and no easy way to access screen captures. WTF?

    • stuart says:

      Hi Norm — actually, I think the Pixel 2 is amazing. The best phone I’ve ever had, however, they do need a stock clipboard. Doesn’t seem like it would be difficult.

      • Farfa says:

        Having owned old vanilla Android phones with minimal features before I’m not shocked with the amount of features missing from phones like Samsung. One such feature I had hoped would be implemented, like the clipboard, would have been locking apps in the task manager. I had this feature in other phones and it missing on a flagship is rather disappointing. Unless I’m missing something I can’t find it anywhere.

  4. Maureen says:

    I agree the lack of an earphone jack and the lack of a clipboard option is really disappointing for such a phone that is supposed to be the “latest greatest”

    It would be nice nice if Google could Implement them in one of their upgrades that might be coming up.

    Maureen

    • Robert says:

      So use the Keep app it’s way better than the clipboard you can tell it to save anything. And you can take a photo and send it there.

  5. Victoria says:

    Has any clipboard app become the preferred clipboard app for a Google pixel XL yet?

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