I was sure in the version prior to 18.0 you could fiddle around and long press on the URL in the address bar and get a menu to copy the current URL.

I just updated Chrome, now if I long press it I just get the magnifying glass which is incredibly frustrating. How can I copy the current URL to the clipboard in the Chrome browser?

Chrome 18.0.1025469 Android 4.0.4 Sony Xperia P


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Turns out I was doing it wrong (well at least on my my ROM).

You need to perform two double-taps.

  1. Double tap the URL. The first tap will select all of the URL and the second will deselect it and give you the text cursor and that little text selection tab helper thing.
  2. Double tap the URL again to bring up the menu.

Or you can just keep quickly tapping until the copy menu appears. I find this whole process to be a bit unusual.

Other people are saying that they can long press to copy, so not sure if the above is specific to Sony ROMs.

  • Long tap works in my Galaxy Nexus, the steps you describe work here too. Dec 7, 2012 at 6:53
  • Using Google Chrome 60 on Android 7.0 build by Sony, it only needs three taps. 1: open the search / address bar, select all of URL. 2&3 (double tap): deselect it then select all and show floating clipboard menu with text selection (teardrop shapes).
    – Edward
    Dec 26, 2017 at 15:38

It just might be about your ROM.

I have the same version of Chrome, on Android 4.1.2. When I select the URL and long-press, I am getting a row of buttons, which of course includes a 'copy' button.

  • You could be right. This week I updated both the ROM and Chrome.
    – row1
    Dec 6, 2012 at 6:50
  • @row1 I'm also using the same Chrome version, but on Android 4.0.3, and can confirm that long pressing the URL does bring up the cut/copy/paste button bar.
    – fernio
    Dec 6, 2012 at 11:09

Try this free app: To Clipboard

Install it and it will be added as a new share option, so you can send there the URL from Chrome.

  • This works very well. Will wait and see if I can get any fixes/explanations for Chrome before accepting.
    – row1
    Dec 6, 2012 at 6:48
  • I don't think this is a Chrome issue, but a manufacturer ROM related "feature", because I had all versions of Android since 4.0 until 4.2.1 in my Galaxy Nexus and I never had any problem to copy URLs in Chrome. Dec 6, 2012 at 6:51
  • It was working a few weeks ago when I last tried it. Since then have updated the ROM and Chrome. So could be the ROM.
    – row1
    Dec 6, 2012 at 6:53

You could workaround this problem by sending the page to Gmail App, and there you can copy the URL from the draft message body. Then you can delete the draft from Gmail.

Action bar --> Share... Select Gmail Copy URL from message body

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    Have previously tried this. It is quite messy as you need to then exit edit mode (can't seem to select text), then load the draft (non-edit mode), then long press the URL to copy. Does work though. A share to clipboard app would be better.
    – row1
    Dec 6, 2012 at 5:58
  • Android 4.2 has the new sharing option "Copy to clipboard". Dec 6, 2012 at 6:00
  • Thanks for the screens. I can't seem to copy it from your 3rd screen. I need to exit edit mode. Not sure if Sony will ever give me the 4.2 update ... well at least not any time soon :(
    – row1
    Dec 6, 2012 at 6:45
  • I don't understand what you mean with "exit edit mode". Please could you explain better this? Maybe a screenshot could be helpful too. Dec 6, 2012 at 6:54
  • Go back to your labels and selects drafts. Select a draft email. You are now previewing the draft and need to press the 'pencil' icon to edit it. I cannot select text from this preview mode, but if I long press on the URL I get an option to copy it.
    – row1
    Dec 6, 2012 at 6:56

Use share from more(3 vertical dots) besides address bar. You will get copy to clipboard from various options of sharing. (Android 4.2.2 on Sony xperia z)

  • If you don't have this, you can get it by installing copy to clipboard
    – ce4
    Aug 1, 2013 at 4:50

Chrome browser. Samsung 10" tablet.

  1. Get the URL you want to copy on the address bar.
  2. Scroll it as far right as it will go.
  3. Touch the URL lightly and it will be selected in blue.
  4. Very lightly touch an area on the left of the URL and pull it to the right.
  5. You can now use the selector handle to select the new area.
  6. Repeat until you have the http(s) showing and touch copy.

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