How To Fix WhatsApp Web Copy Paste Text Not Working

Effective Solutions To Fix WhatsApp Web Copy Paste Text Not Working

After going through several community and forum sites, I have found that there are several users out there reporting that WhatsApp web is not allowing them to copy paste text.

So, if you are also experiencing this issue, then follow the solutions mentioned in this article to fix WhatsApp web copy paste text not working problem.

Let’s get started with real user practical scenarios!

Practical Scenario 1: A User Copying Text From Notepad and Pasting It To WhatsApp Web Is Not Working – Unable to paste text copied from certain sources into the message box (e.g. notepad)


Browser / Version: Firefox 116.0

Operating System: Windows 11

Tested Another Browser: Yes Chrome

Problem type: Something else

Description: I often copy and paste into WhatsApp from Windows 11 in Firefox. It has stopped working. I cannot paste into WhatsApp Web now.

Steps to Reproduce:

I had no problem copying and pasting into whatsapp web in Chrome

Browser Configuration


Source: GitHub

Practical Scenario 2: Copy Paste Text In The WhatsApp Web Is Not Working In Firefox

Firefox doesn’t allow to paste into WhatsApp web anymore?

Since today, with Firefox, I cannot paste text into the text input field of whatsapp.web (the PC version of WhatsApp) anymore.

the version is FF 116.0.2 (64-bit) on Windows 10, previous versions of FF worked obviously well…

No problem on Chromium-based browser (like Chrome or Brave).

Others reported this issue.

What is happening here? Is there a Firefox workaround, or will I need to stick to Chrome?

Source: Super User

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Why Copy Paste Text Not Working In WhatsApp Web?

There could be several factors that can create copy paste not working issue.

Some of them are as follows:

  • Browser Cache and Cookies Issue: Cached data and cookies on Firefox, Chrome or Edge can cause browser-related issues.
  • Third-Party Extension: If you are using WhatsApp web in browsers, then certain extensions can interfere and lead to copy-paste problems. If you have any unknown or suspicious extensions, then kindly remove them.
  • Outdated Browser: If you are using an outdated browser, then it might be not compatible with WhatsApp web version, thereby causing the issue.

How To Fix WhatsApp Web Copy Paste Text Not Working

Alright, so here are some of the effective solutions that might work and help you to fix your Copy and Paste not working in WhatsApp web problem.

Just go through them one by one and then check.

Solution 1: Clear Your Web Browser’s Cache and Cookies

To fix cannot paste text in WhatsApp web, try clearing your web browser’s cache and cookies. This can sometimes help you to fix with copy paste functions.

On Mozilla Firefox:

  • Open Firefox and click on 3 horizontal lines located at the top right corner. Then click on “Settings”.

Firefox Click on settings

  • Go to “Privacy & Security” tab.
  • Click on “Clear Data”.

Clear Data and cookies on Firefox

  • Click on “Clear” button. Make sure both “Cookies and Site Data” and “Cached Web Content” are selected.

Firefox Click on Clear Button

  • Restart the browser.

On Chrome:

  • Open Chrome and click on 3 vertical dots located in the upper right corner.
  • Click on “More Tools” and then click on “Clear Browsing Data”.

Clear Browsing Data On Google Chrome

  • Select the time duration and click on “Clear data”. Make sure that “Browsing history”, “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files” is selected.

Clear Data and cookies on Chrome

  • Restart the browser.

On Microsoft Edge:

  • Open Edge.
  • Click on 3 horizontal dots located at upper right corner and then click on “Settings”.

Clear cache on Edge

  • Click on “Privacy & services” tab and click on “Clear browsing data”. Next, click on “Choose what to clear“.

Choose What to clear on Edge

  • Select time duration, check “Cookies and other site data” and “Cached images and files” and then click on “Clear now”.

Clear cookies and cache on Microsoft edge

  • Restart the browser.

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Solution 2: Clear Cache Of WhatsApp Web

This is another working solution to solve WhatsApp web cannot paste text.

  • Open Chrome and then click on 3 vertical dots located at upper right corner.
  • Click on “Settings”.

Open Settings On Chrome

  • Then go to “Privacy and security” tab and click on Site Settings.

Go to privacy and settings then click on Site Settings

  • Next click on “View permissions and data stored across sites”.

Click on View permissions and data stored across sites

  • Next, look for WhatsApp and then click on “Trash” icon next to it.

Look for WhatsApp and then click on Trash icon next to it

  • Finally, click on “Clear” button.

Clear Cache Of WhatsApp Web

  • Restart Chrome browser and then open WhatsApp web and then check if the problem is fixed or not.

Also Read: Why WhatsApp Photos Are Not Showing In Gallery On Android

Solution 3: Check and Update WhatsApp Web To Latest Version

If your WhatsApp web is outdated then you might encounter with copy and paste issue to WhatsApp desktop app (Windows or Mac).

  • Open WhatsApp web and see if a new update is available or not. If you see “Update Available”, then simply click on “Click to update WhatsApp”.

Update WhatsApp Web

Some users say that they can’t see the update available notification. For those, try this trick – when WhatsApp web is still open, try to open the WhatsApp web in a new tab, you will then see update available notification, simply click to update.

I hope this helps you in fixing the issue.

Solution 4: Make Clipboard Events In Firefox From True To False

This is another effective tip that has helped many users to fix and get rid of copy paste problem in WhatsApp web for Firefox users.

  • Open Firefox. In the address bar type “about:config” and hit enter.
  • Click on “Accept the Risk and Continue”.

Advance Preferences On Firefox

  • Now, enter the following “event.clipboardevents.enabled” in the search preference name box.
  • By default, the preference will be “True”.

Tap on Arrow sign mark to make it from true to false

  • Click on icon to make it “False”.

Steps to make dom event clipboardevents enabled to false on Firefox

  • Once done, restart Firefox and open WhatsApp web and then check if copy paste text is working or not.

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Solution 5: Try Different Web Browsers

If copy paste is not working in WhatsApp web in one browser, then try other browsers and see if that work or not.

  1. Chrome:
  2. Microsoft Edge:
  3. Firefox:
  4. Safari:
  5. Opera:
  6. Brave:

Solution 6: Download WhatsApp From Microsoft Store

  • Open Microsoft store on your computer.
  • Type WhatsApp in the search option.
  • Click on “Get” to download and install it.

Get WhatsApp From Microsoft Store

  • Once installed, open WhatsApp app and then sync it with the app.
  • Now, try to copy and paste text.

Wrap Up

After going through article and following the solutions one by one, I am sure any one of the following solutions would have definitely had helped you in fixing your WhatsApp Web copy and paste text not working problem.

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