How to drag and drop between apps on Android tablets

Google designed Android 12L to improve the quality of the Android tablet experience, primarily by adding improved split-screen UI so you can use multiple apps at once without needing an interface like Dex Mode. And one such 12L upgrade was its new drag-and-drop feature, which lets you select a multimedia file from a Google Workspace app and move it into the other window without having to copy & paste it. 

We don’t really need to explain how to drag and drop files between apps on Android tablets in any depth, because it’s so intuitive: you simply tap and hold your finger or stylus on a file until a thumbnail appears, then drag it across the display into the other compatible app and let go. If the conditions are right, the image will paste over without any issues.

Google Keep drag-and-drop

(Image credit: Google Workspace)

So instead, we’ll focus on what software you’ll need, which tablets support drag-and-drop, and which apps support the feature.

Which Android apps support drag and drop

Google Sheets drag-and-drop

(Image credit: Google Workspace)

We can’t provide a definitive list of drag-and-drop apps because, technically, any developer can enable the feature using the provided instructions from Android Developers (opens in new tab). However, it doesn’t appear to be widely available, and Google itself is still working to add the functionality to its own Google Workspace apps.

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