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Sometimes, I want to quickly access a very specific or short bit of text, like a phone number from an email that I don’t want to save to my contacts, or a quote from a movie that I want to remember to share with a friend. I will usually copy text and save it in my Notes app, but there is now an easier way to store multiple copied pieces of text without having to even open an app.

Copy & Paste | Clipboard Widget is a simple app with one very useful feature. Copy any bit of text or image and it will automatically be saved in the Today section of Notification Center. You don’t even have to keep the app open in Multitasking for it to work.

Once downloaded, you’ll need to add the widget to Notification Center by opening it from an unlocked iOS device. Tap “Edit” and add the Copy & Paste widget to the included list.

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Next, all you have to do is copy something. It will automatically save in the widget and show up in Notification Center. You can save dates, numbers, addresses, and even pictures. Anything you can copy on your iPhone by touching and holding it until the “Copy” option appears can be save to the widget.

You can also save multiple items that will be saved in both the app and the widget. First, copy a bit of text. Then, call up Notification Center by dragging down from the top of the screen. Tap the current copied item and it will move down to the saved list and stay there until you delete it.

To paste all saved items, get to the document you wish to paste in (like email or SMS). Then, open Notification Center and tap the first item you wish to paste. Then close Notification Center and paste the text into the document. Open Notification Center again to grab the next item and repeat.

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I should point out that the image in the App Store shows that you can copy multiple sentences at once. The picture makes it look like you can literally use the Copy feature in iOS for two separate sentences at the same time. The image is a bit confusing, but you can tell from reading the text in the image that this app lets you copy two items, which can both be saved and stored in the widget at the same time by following the instructions I mentioned in the paragraph above. It does not allow you to use the Copy feature in iOS for two separate sentences at the same time.

When you are ready to get rid of something you’ve copied, simply delete it from the widget by tapping the red button next to it. You can also save or remove clipboard items from within the app, but that defeats the purpose of the widget.

Copy & Paste | Clipboard Widget is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $1.99. Download it in the App Store today.

What do you think of this widget? Would you use something like this?

  • a beto e merik

    Same as Clips…

  • Lito

    Free app called clips copy and paste does the same thing. Adds a widget to notification center and it works very good been using it for a week now

    • Eni

      yeah but this is more cleaner, clips is very messy

      • Jamie McAdams

        Clips lets you copy from your iPhone and paste on your iPad, and it’s really not any more messy than this- images look neater, if anything.

  • thaSa1nt

    How many clips can you save in the notification center? Clips will only display the last three.

  • zeekfizz

    first why is this site not https and secure? second Clips and Paste+ are both better though i’ve settled on clips.

    • mlee19841

      you got that right. This site does support encryption.

  • zeekfizz

    First why is this site not secure and https? unexceptable at this time in the game. Next Clips has more functionality, in notification and inside the app itself. All in all it looks like Paste+ is the best, though a little more exspensive (but cheaper than a cup of coffee, don’t be cheap) at $3.99 it offers a ton more functionality inside notification center. But the birth of these apps is fantastic, iOS 8 FTW. Extensions really is changing everything for iOS users.Need to get more apps involved and working together though. like Pocket and Tweetbot. I don’t need tweetbot to put pocket on their share sheet because it’s already on there from pocket itself. i wouldn’t have to turn it on in tweetbot if I didn’t have it, so why would they put it there. I’ve lost the thread any way all good apps. have fun choosing

    • Jamie McAdams

      I have clips and paste+. They have different purposes that complement each other nicely. I’m hoping paste+ finds a way to add custom url actions like launchpad, or that launchpad adds similar notification centre functionality.

    • GuyWithTheThings

      Unexceptable? I think it’s unacceptable.

  • Gustavo Musa 

    Clips is free and do the same things…

  • Raph Ael

    Action menu plus….

    • 2EyesWideOpen2

      AM+ does not work in ios 8.1.2

  • FYI Clips just got updated. . .

  • Clips is BETTER!

  • Jacob61916

    It still feels weird when iDB talks about widgets and says, “Download it in the App Store today.”

  • FasiYoo

    Trying to get Clips from Cydia – I get “Unable to Purchase – This product is not currently certified to be compatible with your device”. I’m jailbroken with IOS 7.0.4 on iPhone 5S?