How to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android App

How to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android App

Ever wanted to copy a funny comment from a YouTube video on your Android, but couldn’t? You can’t copy anything from the official YouTube app, and the same goes for the Play Store and other Google Apps. Here’s how you can easily copy and paste text from these apps that restrict copying to your clipboard.

How to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android App

We previously shared how to perform advanced tasks with copied text. Text Aide, the app mentioned, provided similar functionality but had occasional issues. The app I’ll discuss today works flawlessly and easily does what it promises.

Universal Copy

The official Android apps of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networking services don’t allow copying of text. This type of text is known as TextView and cannot be edited or copied without native support.

Universal Copy is an Android app that allows you to copy TextView texts easily. To use it, simply enable it and grant accessibility permission for it to inspect the content in the current window.

How to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android AppHow to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android App

Once enabled, you can test it on platforms like YouTube or Facebook, which usually block text copying. To use the feature, activate the Copy Mode within the desired window. A sticky notification from Universal Copy will appear, prompting you to activate the copy mode. From there, you can easily copy text whenever needed.

How to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android AppHow to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android App

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

How to Copy Unselectable Text from Any Android App

The official Google Search app successfully implemented it, but the Google Playstand app did not. It was unable to select text from articles. Google seems to have addressed this issue and taken measures to ensure the uniqueness of publishers’ content.

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There are not many options available along with the copied text. 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, you can save or call it directly. We had shared about it before.

Additionally, you can use a Clipboard Manager like Clipper to manage and save your copied text for future use.

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