Spotlight: there's (almost) no text that Universal Copy for Android won't let you copy

Spotlight: there's (almost) no text that Universal Copy for Android won't let you copy
For all its robustness and feature richness, Android (and iOS, frankly) is full of little things that just don't work as seamlessly as you expect them to. And more often than not, these things get in the way of an otherwise leisury user experience and end up quite frustrating. Here's a common case – say you're trying to copy and paste a piece of text or other content from some application, but you can't because the app won't let you do that for some reason. And you won't go on busting your fingers retyping all that information, will you now? It's 2016, it has to be better than that!

This is sound logic, for there is an Android app designed specifically for this case. It's called Universal Copy and its trick card is using Android's built-in 'Accessibility' settings to provide the ability to copy text in apps that won't let you otherwise. It is rather simple and effective in execution. After enabling Universal Copy, the app will find a spot inside your notification drawer. When you have to grab some text from an application, you can simply pull down on the drawer, activate the functionality, and carry on with your text-copying business. But rather than long-pressing like usual, you merely tap portions of the screen and Universal Copy eats up the entire block of text.

Although it generally works as expected, the app won't always deliver. It largely depends on the app you're trying to copy stuff from. For example, it might work out with your favorite Newsfeed app headlines in Newsstand, but it won't grab body text from most Google apps, because big G can be rather stuck up about copying content in order to protect publishers. This means you have to try the app yourself and find out whether it does the job. That's no problem, for Universal Copy is free and even has no ads.

Developer: Camel Corporation Download: Android
Category: Tools Price: $5

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6 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Wow, Google won't let people copy text from their Apps even with this Universal Copy? Lel... rooting and running customs ROMs has long solved that!

2. CamelCorp

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Hi Luis, I am one of the creators of Universal Copy. Thank you for the nice post! We are glad that you like it! You indicated "Price: $5" although you mentioned it was free in the article :) Do not hesitate if you have suggestion about Universal Copy, we'll be happy to answer.

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Nice I have been looking for something like this.

4. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

No thx ! I have Note 5.

5. iampun33t

Posts: 136; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

I have been using this app for a while now and I have to say it works quite well.

6. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Playstore shows the app to be free, PA mentions $5 for it.

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