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Not that long ago, iPhone users couldn’t even copy and paste within their own device. Boy, have times changed! Not only can you now copy and paste text on your iPhone and iPad, you can copy and paste it between all your devices. Wonder how? I’ll let you in on the secret.

It’s called Belt.io. A one-person app, Belt.io is not unsimilar to Hopper, which also helps you copy-paste between an iPhone and the desktop How To Copy & Paste Between iPhone & Desktop Without Installing Any Apps How To Copy & Paste Between iPhone & Desktop Without Installing Any Apps There’s something about technology I find truly fascinating. The more sophisticated everything becomes, the more trivial problems are created. Back when I was using my trusty Nokia 6070, I had no desire or need to... Read More . But Belt.io is even simpler. It’s only about text.

Wish you could easily copy and paste text and links from one device to another? Belt.io makes it easy.

Getting Started

Unlike Hopper, which resides exclusively on the Web, Belt.io offers Firefox and Chrome extensions, as well as Android and iOS apps. To start using it, sign up for an account, and download the apps or extensions you plan on using.

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Once you download all the necessary components and sign in to all of them, you can start copying and pasting between your devices. Note that aside from a browser extension, Belt.io is also a Web app, so you don’t have to install anything on your computer if you don’t want to.

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Copy, Paste, Copy, Paste

You’re now ready to start. Launch the Belt.io Web app or one of the mobile apps, and paste in the text you want to sync. If it’s a note, you can type it right in.

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Click the “plus” button, and the text is shared. This same text will now appear in your browser extension, and on your mobile apps. You can set the apps to send you push notifications when a new entry is added, but for some reason, I never actually received the notifications on Android.

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When you see a new entry, you can copy it to your clipboard by using the copy button, delete it, open it (if it’s a link), and edit it. Any edits you make will synchronize across all your devices automatically.

While the Web app and browser extensions are very quick to update, the mobile apps sometimes need some help. If you’re not sure you’re seeing the latest version, simply pull the list down to refresh it.

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Want to easily send a link you found on your phone to your computer? You don’t need to email yourself anymore. Paste it into Belt.io, and the link will appear in your browser within seconds. Note that the browser extensions are a simpler version of the app. All they do is show the text you have in your account. You can’t use them to add new entries, and most of the other features are missing as well.

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Sharing With Friends

You must be wondering what that “share” button is next to the plus button. And for good reason. This is your way to share text and links not with yourself, but with other Belt.io users. How does this work?

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From any version of the app, click the friends link or icon to add new Belt.io friends. You can’t just add random people; in order for someone to be your friend, you need to know their email address (the one they used for Belt.io), and they need to approve you. Once the request is sent and approved (via Web or mobile apps), you can start sharing text and links with each other.

When adding a new entry, click the share button instead of the plus. You will then be able to choose a friend to share with, and that friend will receive your note or link into their Belt.io account.

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You can easily see who sent you the note, no matter which device you’re on.

Granted, there’s no shortage of text-messaging apps out there, and if you really want to communicate with your friends you can use WhatsApp (our review Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed Better Than Text Messages & Free - WhatsApp For Android Reviewed A moment of introspection, please: What do you do more often - call people using your phone, or text them? I would bet it's the latter. For many people, texting is more convenient than calling.... Read More ), iMessage (our review Bye Bye iChat: Getting Started With The New OS X Messages App [Mountain Lion] Bye Bye iChat: Getting Started With The New OS X Messages App [Mountain Lion] As the dust surrounding Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion release settles, it’s time to evaluate whether those killer features announced earlier this year are really that good. For me the most exciting addition when I... Read More ) or others. The only thing that makes Belt.io different, is the ability to send a message straight into your friend’s browser.

Though it is text-only for now, Belt.io is a super easy way to copy and paste information between all your devices, so give it a try. Tell us what you like about it, or if you have a better alternative in mind?

  1. flatula
    December 26, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Um, what exactly is this doing that evernote can't? I must be missing something.

    • Yaara L
      December 27, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Personally, I don't use Evernote, and it's nice to have a simple service that does just this one thing. If Evernote works for you, there's no reason not to use it. :)

  2. Serge
    December 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I was alredy using Everote exactly this way.

  3. Shafiq
    December 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Very much reminds me of google keep - or have i got the wrong end of the stick???

    • Yaara L
      December 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

      Yes, it's a similar idea, but it's oriented around copying and pasting, which makes it a little different.

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