A hidden gem in Gboard on Android

Few things give me as much pleasure as discovering clever new ways to Save time with text input on Android. And for my money, no other keyboard comes close to the consistency, quality, and caliber of features that Google keyboards offer. Gboard Android keyboard.

Well, my gay friend is obsessed with efficiency, today I have a delicious treat to share with you. It’s a super useful trick that I stumbled across recently when communicating with my fellow humans from my portable Android phone device.

It’s not technically around text input, mind you, but it is entirely related to the topic of thought mining and important information sharing on your Android phone companion. And it will totally save you steps and remove precious seconds from your daily Android dance.

So here it is: Next time you come across an image that you want to attach to an email or maybe send a message thread somewhere, you can simply copy it and then allow Gboard to keep the image in view. standby and ready to stick practically anywhere. you want – as an email attachment, an entry in a message thread, or maybe even as an addition to a document you’re editing while jogging in your favorite exercise.

From there, it’s just a quick tap in the Gboard Android interface and you can put that image wherever you need it, whenever you need it. And the best? It only takes about 20 seconds of setup and then another 10 seconds of noggin training to get you ready for a second life of savings satisfaction.

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So let’s effectively upgrade your Android, shall we?

Part I: Gboard Gem Excavation

Okay – first thing, we need to confirm that you have some settings activated in your Gboard Android layout before our friendly little process will work.

Don’t worry, though: It’s easy. I promise!

  1. First, just open Gboard by tapping on any blank text field anywhere on your phone.
  2. If you see a clipboard icon on the top row of your keyboard, tap it. If you don’t see any such icon, tap the three-dot menu icon in that same area and then tap the clipboard icon on the panel that appears.
  3. Make sure the small switch in the upper-right corner of the Gboard clipboard interface is in the on position – with the switch pushed to the right. If not, tap it to enable, then follow whatever prompts appear to grant the necessary permissions to allow it to work.
Gboard Android: Clipboard Switch JR

Understood? Good. Now, we’ve just added an area in your Gboard settings to access:

  1. Open the full Gboard settings menu by tapping the three-dot menu icon in the top row of the keyboard, then choosing “Settings” from the pop-up panel.
  2. Click “Clipboard”.
  3. Make sure that all the options that appear next are activated and in the on position.
  4. Inspire even the slightest satisfaction and/or do a fun little clapping dance in your chair.
Gboard Android: Clipboard Options JR

And that’s it. Told you it’s not so terrible, right?

Now to the fun part…

Part II: Enjoy Gboard Gems

So here we are: We’ve edited all your Gboard clipboards and are ready to go. All that remains is to train your fledgling mammary brain on the proper procedure to take advantage of this newfound power, and rely on your phone’s crafty keyboard to stream images across Android.

We start:

  1. In Chrome or any other Android browser, press and hold your finger on the image you want to copy, then select the “Copy Image” option from there.
  2. Pixel owners, note: In apps like Twitter or Google Photos — or anywhere else in Android that doesn’t have a simple built-in copy option for images — you can also open the Overview area on your phone and then press and hold your finger on practically any image anywhere to find an option to copy it. Nifty, no?!
  3. After you’ve copied your image, whistle yourself a fun tune, then go into whatever app you want to add the image to – Gmail, Messages, Ye Olde Virtual Image Hut, you set name for it.
  4. Open the message or thread where you want to drop the image. Odds are, Gboard will show your newly captured image as a suggestion in the middle of its top bar. And also to note: This process will also work when you just took a screenshot anywhere in Android.
  5. if you do not see that suggestion, just find and tap the clipboard icon again in Gboard and your copied image will be waiting for you there.
  6. However you found it, tap that image in Gboard and say: Your beautiful photo will be included as an attachment and ready to be sent wherever you’re working.
Gboard Android: Photo Stickers JR

But wait! There is one more intriguing possibility to ponder…

Part III: Gboard Gem Energy User Ability

Prepare yourself, my sweet little seasonal gourd, because this is where it all becomes really interesting. Let’s say you have a certain image that you find yourself sharing frequently from your Android phone – maybe a screenshot showing a certain process that pops up repeatedly in chats related to your work, an image showing some company information that you constantly pass on to others, or maybe even an image of a bunnies bun that you find particularly impossible irresistible. (Hey, there’s nothing wrong with admiring an unusually handsome bird.)

Whatever the case, you can actually pin your most used images to the Gboard clipboard and then have them live forever and ready for attachment with two taps on any Anywhere you need, any time.

Take the following steps into your musty hippocampus:

  1. Copy the image (or take a screenshot) mentioned.
  2. Drag up Gboard by tapping your favorite finger on any open text area anywhere on your phone.
  3. Tap the clipboard icon in the top row of the keyboard — or again, if you don’t see it there, tap the three-dot menu icon, then find the clipboard in the panel that appears.
  4. Press and hold your finger on the image, which will be at the top of Gboard’s clipboard list.
  5. Select “Pin” from the options menu that shows up.
Gboard Android: Pin clipboard JR

And that’s it: The next time you open the Gboard clipboard, you’ll see your newly pinned image in a new section just below the most recently copied items. All you have to do is find it and touch it, and you can insert it anywhere your feather-loving heart desires.

Gboard Android: Pinned Image JR

Turns out your Android phone’s keyboard is more than just typing. Now you know – and now you can organize images around your phone like a pro. Rub!

And don’t forget: For even more advanced Gboard shortcuts and all sorts of other incredible Android time savers, head to sign up for my free Android Abbreviation Super Course. It’s a seven-day email adventure that will teach you lots of tricks to make your phone more efficient.

So much fun, so little time. Go, go, eccentric power!

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