How to Copy Text from Android Apps that Don’t Even Let You Select Them

Abhishek Macwan

Did you ever want to copy that one comment on a YouTube video, from your Android, that was so funny? But couldn’t? Nothing from the official YouTube app can be copied. Same is the case for Play Store and other Google Apps. So, today I’d like to show you how you can easily copy-paste text from such apps that won’t let you copy it to your clipboard.

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Those really interesting comments.

We had previously shared on how to perform some advanced tasks with the text you copy. Text Aide, the app in the article, provided a kind of similar functionality but in a different way and didn’t work sometimes. The app I’ll talk about today works perfectly and easily does what it claims.

Universal Copy

The official Android apps of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social networking service don’t let you copy the text. Speaking programmatically, such text is called TextView. They can’t be edited or copied since native support isn’t provided.

Universal Copy is the Android app that will let you copy such TextView texts. Using it is very simple, you just need to enable it and you’re good to go. You need to give accessibility permission to let it inspect the content that is in the current window.

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After you’ve enabled you can test it in YouTube or Facebook or any such app that won’t let you copy text. But, before you do so you need to activate the Copy Mode on the specific window from which you want to copy text. You should get a sticky notification of Universal Copy to activate the copy mode. So, whenever you want to copy from some text, you need to activate it.

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Above I selected text from Play Store. You can further hit on the Pencil icon to edit it and select specific text. Below, I copied a YouTube comment. You just have to tap on the specific area.

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It even worked on the official Google Search app. The app in which it didn’t work was Google Playstand. It couldn’t select text from the articles. It seems like Google has paid attention to such apps and has taken necessary steps to keep publishers content unique.

Pushbullet User? Here’s a guide on how you can share the Clipboard between Mac/Windows and Android using Pushbullet.

Extend it’s Usage

There are not many options available along with copied text. Well, the app developer has another app called Easy Copy that lets you perform different actions with copied text. For example, if you copied a phone number then you can perform the action to save the number or call it directly. We had shared about it before.

Also, you can further use Clipboard Manager like Clipper that will let you manage your copied text and save them for them future use.

ALSO SEE: Inputting+ Brings Universal Undo/Redo and Find/Replace to Android

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He's a PC Geek, Android Nerd, Programmer and a Thinker. He likes reading inspiring stories and to learn new scriptures. In his spare time, you'll find him looking for different ways to automate his Tech. He also writes about Android and Windows Customization Tips on his own blog All Tech Flix.