Phone Turn On or Off Cross-device Copy and Paste in Phone Link app

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This tutorial will show you how to to turn on or off cross-device copy and paste in the Phone Link app for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

With the Phone Link app on your PC linked to your iPhone or Android phone, you can copy and paste or drag and drop content between your Android device and your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC.

Cross-device copy and paste is supported on Surface Duo and Android devices that are running One UI version 2.1 or above. On your Android device, go to Settings > About > Software Information. A few examples of devices with this version are: Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip devices.

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

File drag and drop supports the transfer of all file types except for folders and files backed up to the cloud. You can transfer up to 100 files at a time, of any type. No single file can be larger than 512MB in size.

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.

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

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

While you can drag content between your phone and your PC, not all apps will accept content you want to transfer. If an app doesn’t accept your content, you can try using phone screen to transfer it instead. You can’t drag and drop files between your mobile apps from your PC.

Cross-device copy and paste requires the exchange of data between your PC and Android device. 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 the Use mobile data setting is turned off, you’ll only be able to copy and paste when both your Android device or Surface Duo and PC are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Before using cross-device copy and paste, you will need to make sure the feature is turned on.


EXAMPLE: Cross-device Copy and Paste with supported Samsung devices

Here's How:

1 Open the Phone Link app on your Windows 10/11 PC.

2 Click/tap on the Settings (gear) icon. (see screenshot below)

3 Click/tap on Features in the middle Settings pane.

4 In the right Features pane, turn On (default) or Off Cross-device copy and paste for what you want.


That's it,
Shawn Brink



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