Certain Samsung devices have copy/paste flaw that could cause permanent problems?

Certain Samsung devices have copy/paste flaw that could cause permanent problems?
According to a thread on the Samsung Developers Forum which was opened last October and remains unresolved, Samsung devices running TouchWiz and Android 3.0 or higher are having problem with copy/paste. Occurring randomly, when a user tries to copy/paste, an error message appears. The application being used then crashes and the device becomes unusable until a factory reset is performed. Rooted users can clear the contents of the clipboard/data if a factory reset is unacceptable. Since the directory in the error message does not exist on stock Android, this is a problem coming from Samsung.

As of late October, the flaw was found on the following Samsung devices: Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy S II and variants, Samsung Galaxy S III and variants, Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. The thread remains open which means that the problem is unresolved although Samsung has known about it since last  and the October. Click on the video below to see the flaw in action.

Has any one out there run into this problem with their Samsung device? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.

source: SamsungDevelopersForum via Guardian



1. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Wonder if my i717 is prone to this issue... I mean, in reality it isnt because I use CM10.1 and not the entire base that Samsung provides for it, but its scary either way... what if I want to return to stock! (snicker snicker, never going to happen, snicker snicker)

2. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

its enough to delete copy clipboard folder and restart so you dont have to reset a device

3. MistaC87

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I have had this happen to me three times while using ICS, and I use copy and paste a lot. I got so sick of it that I rooted my phone just so I didn't have to deal with it. Right now I am unrooted on stock jelly Bean, and I have yet to have this problem for quite a while, and it has never happened on Jelly Bean. But this is THE MOST annoying bug ever. The random crashes and the crippling of the clipboard and the phone in general is unacceptable.

4. modyt

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

had this with my GS3... but got solved when i updated to the 4.1.1 stock firmware...

5. GeekMovement unregistered

Nope, haven't had this problem.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Same here, had not encounter the bug. Hope Samsung issue a fix for those that did.

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

copy n paste problems eh sammy? looool joke of the morning!

7. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I havent seen my gs3 copy/paste crash. However it woun't copy anymore. It just gives me the option to paste even though there is nothing in the clipboard to paste.

8. techtruth

Posts: 30; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

bulls**t!! i am using gs2 for last 1.5 years.. i didn't face any problems till now

11. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

sounds like u shouldnt have read this thread then lol....maybe u wouldnt have had it

22. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Or maybe you haven't noticed it until now?

10. Adithya7184 unregistered

i am using galaxy s2 since 2 years...i haven't got this problem till now...

12. Angkor

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

If you have a problem with copy 'n paste or other problems you needed to restart your phone by turn off and turn on to clear the phone RAM.

19. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Or use the built in task manager to clear the RAM.

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Whoa..thankfully, ever experienced this on my S3

14. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

I had the Note 1 and now I have the note 2, I never seen this bug.

15. Bumpingmobile

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

I don't have that problem on my international SGS3. However I do have a similar crash problem when I try to remove one of the home screen pages from the home screen. I do pinch out on any of the home screen, then a preview of the seven home screens I have appears. After that I press and hold one of them until I can drag it to the bottom of the screen where the delete icon is. In the minute my finger enters in the space of the delete icon, my phone freeze, I don't even have to release my finger. After a while, an error message like the one of the video appears, but in this case it says TouchWiz had to close. So I press OK and my phone opens the last app I had been using. That's really weird. Because of that I've been stuck with the seven home screen pages since I upgraded my SGS3 to 4.1.1 Jellybean (it never happened with ICS), and I want to have only five! It's really annoying.

16. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

never had this problem with my galaxy s3 and i have been using it since August 2012.

17. alfiehp21

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

I did had this problem on my GSIII. It used to crash everywhere when i make copy/paste. My solution was to delete the contents in the clipboard (root access). For what i could learn, it's look like the files on the clipboard, becomes corrupted and it stays always in copy transition, and when you tried to add a new one, it just crash. I've also heard, as the article mention, that i factory reset can fix the issue.

18. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Is the international galaxy note running android 4.1.2 prone to this too?

20. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This randomly happens to me on my Epic Touch, but usually when I excessively use copy/paste. When my phone starts freezing up, I go the to built in task manager and clear the RAM. Then I open a new text message, press and hold until it pops up paste/clipboard buttons, press clipboard, then press and hold on each item until the list of what to do pops up (which is usually only "delete form clipboard".

21. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Root access is not needed!

23. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Where is tater and saying how Samsung never have software issue and then bashing HTC?

24. borg_cube

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

my SGS3 frequently crashes on Copy/Paste from Chrome to the GMAIL app. I was able to correct this by a full device wipe/reset but it returned again after reinstalling my apps. I haven't wanted to root the phone as I plan to dump it in a few months for something else with a 1080p screen


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea I had this problem on my Galaxy S3, a factory reset resolved it. I have had my Note 2 for a few months now and have yet to experience this. It was very annoying and there's no excuse for how long it went on for.

26. 0o0blackstar0o0 unregistered

I have had my Galaxy Note since it was released and have had all the updates of android (STOCK VERSIONS) and i use the copy and past feature allot and have never had any problem at all ?

27. allblacks

Posts: 1; Member since: May 04, 2013

Yup, I got this flaw which bugs me big time. Prettt lah. It crashes the application from where I want to copy something and pop an error message. Rooted GT-P6200 running stock ICS 4.0.4

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