I do a hefty amount of work on a 5-inch screen for most of the day. But unlike working on the computer, where I can utilize a full-size keyboard, it’s a serious hassle to try to copy and paste more than one line of text at a time on an Android device of any size.
That’s where apps are my saving grace. StuffMerge Message Wizard Pro, despite its lengthy name, helpfully solves this exact problem. It costs less than $2 in the Google Play Store, but if you’re a frequent worker bee on a small screen, it’s worth shelling out the price of a cheap cup of coffee for (okay, yes, that's a pretty cheap cup of joe). Note that there there's also a free version, but it limits you to three items in a group, and only two groups.
Easy copy and paste
StuffMerge lives behind a small white tab that you tap to pull out only when you need it. When you don’t, simply exit the app and then launch it when you feel like using it again. Alternatively, you can "pause" it from within the app or the notifications panel when you don't want text stowed away.
There are several ways to get “stuff” into StuffMerge. You can use the share functionality from within other apps to get links, images, and text into the app. Anything you copy with Android’s native Copy functionality will also make it into StuffMerge; I tried it with various apps like Twitter and Bacon Reader, and by directly copying text from Google Hangouts, and all the content made it safely into StuffMerge. The app lets you add images with the Copy command, too.
Cobble messages together
Sometimes I’ll write an email to my editors to share a few links I found interesting during my morning commute, and it’s easier to do so with StuffMerge than by switching between apps just to get everything in order.
When you compose a message in StuffMerge, all you have to do is tap the item to paste it into the text box, regardless of whether or not it was the last thing you copied to Android’s clipboard.
When you’re ready to send your message, simply press the Send button to choose your preferred method of sending it out, wherever it’s going. StuffMerge will transfer it over to another compatible app without any formatting issues. Or you could always do it the old way: long-press, select all, and copy and paste it into another app...
A few helpful tips
Beyond copying and pasting text, links, and images, StuffMerge is pretty self explanatory. There’s a helpful video included with the app that you can peep if you’re confused about how to use it, and you can also move items you’ve copied-and-pasted back and forth between groups.
When you’re done with each individual group or ready for a refresh, hit the trash can icon in the top-left corner and select whether you want to remove items from one group, or all of them at once.