Universal Copy

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About this app

Universal Copy is the fastest way to copy text on Android, even from the apps that won’t let you or inside images.

In any app, launch Universal Copy, select the text you want to copy, it’s done!

Easy. Simple. Super fast.


- Normal mode: copy text from any application such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Chrome, WhatsApp, Tumblr, News Republic, Snapchat...
- Scanner mode: copy text inside images (OCR technology). It currently works with Chinese, Devanagari (Hindi...), Japanese, Korean and Latin (English, Portuguese...) character sets.
- Smart detection of entities: addresses, emails, phone numbers, @, #... are automatically detected by Universal Copy.
- Copy-Paste in 1-tap: perform quick actions (translate, locate, share…) on the text you selected. This saves a lot of app switching.
- Scroll mode: select texts from multiple screens or apps to copy them all.
- Harvest mode: launch Harvest mode and capture all entities that you encounter while you navigate.


You can use Universal Copy to:
- copy Youtube comments (the app normally prevents you to)
- copy text that is inside an image
- copy all the text that appears on your screen
- copy all the text from multiple pages and apps (with scroll mode)
- extract an address inside a text message and open Google Maps to locate it in no time
- detect multiple hashtags on Instagram or Twitter and copy them all at the same time, even they are not originally next to one another
- extract all the accounts tagged in a post or comments

These are only a few examples, the possibilities with Universal Copy are limitless!


1. Go to the App / Picture / Document you want to copy text from
2. Launch the Universal Copy mode from your notification bar or via a shortcut. Select Normal or Scanner mode.
3. 🪄 The magic happens: Universal Copy smartly detects all text areas and extracts addresses, emails, phone numbers, @, #...
4. Select the text(s) you want to copy or a quick action (translate, locate, share…), it’s done!


1. Download and install the app
2. Activate the Universal Copy accessibility service (Settings > Accessibility). This service is required for the app to work properly.
3. Universal Copy is ready, you can launch it anytime via: your notification drawer, a tile, a long press on a physical button of your phone

Note: The service can be deactivated automatically by your Android system, then you should enable the setting ‘let app run in background’ in Universal Copy and disable battery optimizer for Universal Copy. Unfortunately, this matter is out of our hands.


Universal Copy is free to use and contains ads.
We believe that everyone should be able to copy in any app. That's why we decided to make Universal Copy free for everyone. Ads suck, but that's the only way for our team to keep on improving Universal Copy for you.
Universal Copy Plus removes ads and shows us your support.

★ Featured by Android Police ★


★★★★★ Do not hesitate to rate the app and write a review if you like Universal Copy

This app uses Accessibility services. (BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE to access the text displayed on your screen to be able to copy it)
Updated on
Aug 27, 2022

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60.8K reviews
J Guthery
November 11, 2020
As of Nov. 2020... all old free features are now subscribe or pay only. Full page ads after each copy. This does not seem like a good way for the developer to go. I understand the need to make money and would be willing to pay a lesser one time fee, But to switch it up like this automatically.... Wonderful app. Works flawlessly. I use it primarily to copy text to use in my personal journal. Free app! I did send them a tip because of there awesome work. Thanks for sharing this with us!
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Wayne Hynd
May 22, 2020
Wow...this actually works! I was skeptical, but now use it regularly. So far, it has worked perfectly every time. Could do with better instructions, but it is really quite easy to use. When you are on a page you want to capture and click on the notification (in your device's Notifications screen...in mine it is near the bottom), click one of the bottons which appear at the top of the page (I generally use the OCR button), then tap the area you want to capture. Amazing. Well done, devs.!
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Michael MPH
January 25, 2022
Used to be one of my fave apps, but since the latest update with the addition of more intrusive ads in the free version, it's become unusable. Too many times the ads are unstable or never complete, and they are incredibly invasive regardless, and you can no longer back button out of the app. I don't mind ads in exchange for free use of an app, but the ad experience on here now is untenable. This productivity app now slows down productivity, and I don't feel it's worth purchasing. Uninstalling.
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What's new

You can now edit texts before copying !
Click on the "Edit" button to show the text editor and fix text detection errors or add some content before copying or sharing.

Universal Copy now smartly detects entities: addresses, emails, phone numbers, @, #.
You can perform quick actions on the selected text: Translate, Locate, ...
OCR support for new languages: Devanagari, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
Ads are no longer shown on app's start and the loading problems should be fixed