Microsoft first gave Windows Insiders a taste of a cloud-enabled clipboard experience with build 17666 back in May, and with the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, also known as version 1809, the feature reached general availability with some improvements along the way, such as support for image files up 4MB in size instead of the original 1MB limit.
Since its original inception, it seemed like an obvious choice to bring the feature to smartphones as well, bringing the same synced clipboard to all of a user’s devices. The company’s SwiftKey keyboard app, which is available for both Android and iOS, already features its own clipboard history, so it would make perfect sense for cloud-synced items to reside there as well.
Despite the many updates made to SwiftKey over the past few months, the cloud clipboard was continuously omitted, but it looks like that may soon stop being the case. A new option has shown up in the Clipboard section of the Settings app where, if you enable cloud syncing for the clipboard, you’ll now see a link suggesting users get an app to sync clipboard items to a phone.
On our test machine running an Insider build, the link seems to cause the Settings app to crash every time, but Windows Central managed to capture the pop-up message seen above, which instructs users to install the SwiftKey Beta app for Android. As there’s no mention of iOS, it’s unclear if the feature will also make its way to Apple’s platform.
This makes the second long-awaited feature to finally make its way to Android phones, following the availability of Timeline in Microsoft Launcher 5.0 earlier this week. Currently, the cloud clipboard isn’t actually available on the SwiftKey Beta app, and we haven’t received any updates to it in the past few days on our test devices. Nonetheless, you can install the test version from the Play Store, or stick to the stable release if you don’t mind waiting a while longer. The iOS version can be found on the App Store.
Source: Windows Central