What you need to know
- iOS 14 users are notified whenever an app reads what's on the clibpoard.
- Android 12 looks set to offer the same feature later this year.
Apple's iOS 14 has long notified users of iPhones and iPads whenever an app reads their clipboard. It's an important security feature and it keeps developers and their apps honest. It's such a good idea that Google now looks set to copy and paste it itself – bringing it to Android 12 later this year.
According to a new leak by XDA Developers, the feature will be part of the Android 12 release that's coming later this year. It'll work, and look, just like the iOS 14 version of the same feature. But there'll be one important difference – Android will allow users to turn the notifications off if they want to. That's something Apple doesn't do.
Many, many apps have been caught out reading clipboards for reasons that don't stack up to scrutiny and it's great to see Google following Apple's lead here. In fact, I'd like to see that work both ways and for Apple to add a similar ability to disable the feature in iOS 15, too.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.