This question may look ridiculous at first look, but this is more sad than funny. In some cases, standart web browser (or any of the alternatives I tried - firefox, opera, dolphin) simply doesn't offer an option to paste anything in some text fields. But typing long complex password manually is deal breaker (hard to use keyboard + need to constantly switch apps back and forth unless I have super human abilities to remember all text at once) How can I paste something in such cases?

Android version is 2.3.4

P.S. I'm already using Hacker's Keyboard, maybe it can help if text pasting can be done with some key combo? (like in most desktop OSes)

P.P.S. I know how to copy and paste text in most situations when a bunch of buttons appear after double press inside text field. The question is about the case when this doesn't work.

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    Did you try pressing and holding rather than the usual double tap? I'm referring to your P.P.S
    – Sid
    Jun 27, 2013 at 15:19
  • oops, after long press a different menu appears and there is paste command Jun 27, 2013 at 20:38
  • So my answer is correct n valid, Isn't it? YAY!! :)
    – Sid
    Jun 28, 2013 at 1:07
  • @Sid yes, suddenly it is. :P Jun 28, 2013 at 3:35
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    Seems like in android there is at least 2 different kinds of text fields which behave differently Jun 28, 2013 at 3:35

4 Answers 4


You can simply have the password typed in plain text. Keep it inside a sms conversation, e-mail, note, or anywhere you like. Nobody would know that is is your password since there is no indication to that matter in the place where the password is typed.

When you are required to type the password in your browser, just select all by pressing ald holding the typed text and copy it. Now go to the password field and touch and hold for a second or so and then a button named paste will appear. Then simply touch that button. The password will be pasted into the filed. Done!!

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    Sid, you missed the key part of the question: simply doesn't offer an option to paste anything in some text fields. So Sarge obviously knows about how to copy/paste generally -- but the apps in question don't permit him to.
    – Izzy
    Jun 27, 2013 at 11:15
  • @Izzy. Agree. Maybe... just MAYBE he is not clear of the way to do it. Isn't he?! Will see Sarges feedback n delete this if mine is useless. :)
    – Sid
    Jun 27, 2013 at 11:18
  • From his phrasing, especially the in some cases, I think it's safe assuming he is aware of it (otherwise, why the restriction to "some cases"? That really implies there are "other cases" where it works). But allright, let's leave it to him to tell :)
    – Izzy
    Jun 27, 2013 at 11:27
  • Okay. Now I feel officially being laughed at. :(
    – Sid
    Jun 27, 2013 at 12:36
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    @Izzy is right, I know how to paste & copy in general. The question is about exceptional situations. Jun 27, 2013 at 15:00

When you are using Hacker's Keyboard you can simply press Ctrl + V to paste.

Please note if you don't have a Ctrl key, you can enable it in the keyboard's settings.

  • This doesn't work. (tried with text fields that allow pasting) Just types the 'V' or 'v' char. Tried both simultaneous press (multi touch) and sequential. What may I have done wrong? Jun 27, 2013 at 15:02
  • You can give a shot to switching action in Hacker Keyboard's Settings > Key behaviour settings > Ctrl key code to None(...) or Left Ctrl.
    – z2s8
    Jun 27, 2013 at 18:05
  • shot given, no difference. Jun 27, 2013 at 20:36
  • This works perfectly fine for me. Jun 14, 2014 at 13:23

Stumbled on this link when I found an in-app password field that disallowed pasting. I happen to use Lastpass that supplies an additional keyboard input method (press and hold space bar with the elipsis dots to switch input mode after configuring input methods). I switched to that and it worked. Presumably other input keyboards have the ability to override default paste behavior. Good luck

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    This answer may be better with actual link to the application you are using (Lastpass) ;) Jan 7, 2014 at 23:18

I was also looking for this answer, specifically for signing into Google using the Web Signin (Required if using secondary auth). For the password I just typed in a single letter then touching and holding the icon showed up for highlighting the text. Above it was the paste. I simply pasted my password, then deleted the first character.

  • Does not work for Android KitKat 4.4.2 (at least on my Moto G). Here's a much better solution that works for me. Jun 15, 2014 at 21:08
  • Works for me on Lollipop and doesn't require installing a keyboard. Jun 21, 2016 at 16:32

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