How to Get Pictures from Clipboard on Android

Copying and pasting pictures on Android can be a hassle, especially when you want to quickly transfer an image between apps.

Fortunately, there are easy ways to get photos from your clipboard on Android.

In this guide, we will walk you through the different methods to copy images to a clipboard and paste them into apps as a 20+ year Android expert.

Whether you want to save pictures from the web, transfer screenshots, or copy images between messaging apps, we have got you covered.

The clipboard on Android allows you to quickly copy and paste text, links, and images between apps.

When you copy an image, it gets stored temporarily on the clipboard.

You can then paste the image into a destination app like WhatsApp, Instagram, Gmail, etc.

However, not all apps support pasting from the clipboard. And the copied image gets cleared when you copy or cut something else.

So you need to paste the image before copying or cutting something new.

Here are some of the most common scenarios for getting pictures from the clipboard on Android:

  • Saving pictures from the browser to the gallery
  • Sharing screenshots or image memes with friends
  • Copying product images from shopping apps to share on social media
  • Transferring photos between messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messages, Telegram, etc.

In this guide, we will cover various methods to copy images to a clipboard and paste them into destination apps on Android.

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Method 1: Copy and Paste the Image Between Apps

The most straightforward way is to copy an image from its source app and directly paste it into the destination app.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the source app and copy the image

This can be an image in your gallery, browser, screenshot, social media feed, etc.

  • Long press on the image and tap ‘Copy’ or Copy image’ option
  • Alternatively, tap and hold then drag to select the image and tap the ‘Copy’ button
  • The image will be copied to your clipboard

Step 2: Switch to the destination app

Open the app where you want to paste the image e.g. WhatsApp, Instagram, Gmail, etc.

Step 3: Paste the image

  • Long press at the location where you want to paste
  • Tap the ‘Paste’ option to paste the image from the clipboard
  • The image will be inserted

This method allows quick transfer of images between apps which support copying and pasting.

However, the copied image gets cleared from the clipboard if you copy or cut something else.


  • Tap and hold on the image to bring up the Context Menu in most apps
  • Check if the destination app supports pasting images from the clipboard
  • Paste quickly before copying something else clear the image

Method 2: Use Clipboard Manager Apps

A better option is to use dedicated clipboard manager apps which allow saving multiple clips and permanent storage of copied items.

Some good clipboard apps for Android include:

  • Clipper
  • Clipboard Actions
  • Clip Stack
  • clip
  • Clipboard EZ

Here is how to use these apps to copy and paste images:

Step 1: Install a clipboard manager app

Search for top-rated clipboard apps on the Play Store and install one on your Android device.

Signup/Login if required.

Step 2: Enable clipboard sync

Allow the app to sync the clipboard in the background.

This enables automatically saving clips to the manager app.

Step 3: Copy the image into the source app

When you copy an image, it will be saved in the clipboard manager app along with the source details.

Step 4: Paste the image into the destination app

Open the clipboard manager and look for the copied image.

Long press the image clip and select ‘Paste’ to paste into any destination app.

The key benefit of using clipboard manager apps is they allow you to copy multiple items and preserve them even if you copy or cut something else.

So you can easily paste the copied image anytime later on.


  • Enable background sync in the clipboard manager app settings
  • Check sync frequency to save clips instantly
  • Premium versions allow more clips, folders, etc.

Method 3: Share the Image and Paste in the Destination App

An alternative is to share the image first and then paste it.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Share the image from the source app

Instead of copying, use the share option in the source app to share the image:

  • Tap and hold to select the image, then tap the Share button
  • Or tap Menu > Share on the image
  • Select the clipboard manager app to share the image to

Step 2: Open the clipboard app

The shared image will be available in your clipboard manager app.

Step 3: Long press and paste image

Long press the image in your clipboard manager and select Paste to paste it into any destination app.

Sharing removes one extra step of manually copying the image.

The rest of the process remains the same.

You can share multiple images this way.


  • Share to a clipboard manager for easy access in one place
  • Premium clipboard apps allow folders to organize shared images
  • Rename or edit clips before pasting them into destination apps

Method 4: Screenshot on Android

For quick one-time transfers, you can take a screenshot of the image and paste it.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Take a screenshot of the image

  • Open the image in the source app
  • Press the Power + Volume Down buttons together to take a screenshot
  • A preview thumbnail will appear in the bottom left corner

Step 2: Tap the preview to edit the screenshot

  • Tap the thumbnail preview to open editing options
  • Crop the screenshot if needed
  • Tap the ‘Copy to Clipboard’ option at the bottom

Step 3: Paste a screenshot in the destination app

The screenshot will be copied to your clipboard automatically.

You can directly paste it into the destination app.

The screenshot method allows a quick way to capture any image on the screen and transfer it.

But it only works for temporary single-image transfers.


  • Edit the screenshot to focus just on the image before copying
  • The image will stay on your clipboard only until the next copy operation
  • Use a clipboard manager if you want to retain the screenshot to paste later

Method 5: Drag and Drop Images

If both the source and destination apps support drag & drop, you can directly drag an image and drop it into the other app.

Step 1: Enable drag & drop in Settings

Go to Settings > System > Gestures > Drag and drop and enable the toggle.

This allows drag & drop between apps.

Step 2: Drag the image to the destination app

Open both apps in a split screen.

Long press the image, then drag it to the destination app window.

The image will be dropped into the app.

The main benefit of drag and drop is it avoids using the clipboard entirely.

The image is directly transferred between apps.


  • Split screen mode needs to be enabled under Advanced settings
  • Dropping images between non-adjacent apps is not supported
  • Helpful for quick image transfers between compatible apps

Method 6: Transfer via Cloud Storage

You can also transfer images from one device to another through cloud storage services like Google Photos, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.

Step 1: Upload the image to cloud storage

Open the source app and share/save the image to your linked cloud storage.

Step 2: Open the image on the target device

On your target device, open the cloud storage app and go to the synced images folder.

Step 3: Save the image and paste

Long press the image and use the share sheet to save it to your device gallery.

You can then access the image locally and paste it into any app.

Cloud transfer is useful when you want to sync an image across devices before pasting it into a destination app.


  • Google Photos and Dropbox provide instant sync on Android
  • Check auto-sync settings to ensure fast transfer
  • You can also copy cloud image links and paste them into apps

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common queries on transferring images from the clipboard on Android:

Does copying an image clear the clipboard on Android?

Yes, copying or cutting any new item will clear the existing clipboard content including any copied images.

How do I copy and paste multiple images together?

You can’t directly copy-paste multiple images together. You will need to copy and paste them one by one. Use a clipboard manager to quickly access and paste all copied images.

Can I directly drag and drop images from the gallery to the apps?

No, the drag-and-drop feature only works between compatible apps. You can’t directly drag an image from your gallery into an app.

How do I paste an image in the Gmail app?

When composing a new mail in Gmail, long press at the location to paste and select the ‘Paste image’ option to insert the copied image.

Does pasting large images reduce quality?

Yes, some apps may automatically compress larger images while pasting to reduce transfer size. Some loss of quality can occur especially in apps like WhatsApp.

How do I paste the clipboard on Android from my PC?

You can use cloud clipboard tools like Clipboard Anywhere, Clipboard Master, etc. to directly sync the clipboard between PC and Android and paste contents both ways.

Where are clipboard images stored on Android?

Copied images are temporarily stored in RAM. They are cleared when a new item is copied/cut. Clipboard manager apps can store clips permanently.

Can I directly copy the partial area of an image?

Yes, you can use apps like Partial Screenshot to copy only a selected portion of an image to the clipboard and paste it into another app.


Copying and pasting images on Android can be easy if you use the right techniques.

The standard copy-paste method works for quick single transfers.

For frequent image transfers, using a dedicated clipboard manager app is recommended.

You can also take screenshots or use cloud storage for transferring images across devices.

Some key pointers are:

  • Use clipboard sync and enable background access
  • Paste images before the clipboard changes
  • Share to quickly transfer images from source apps
  • Enable drag & drop in Settings for direct image transfers
  • Cloud storage tools are great for cross-device transfers

We hope this guide covers everything you need to know about getting pictures from the clipboard on your Android device.

Let us know if you have any other queries!

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