Every time you tap within Chrome’s address bar to visit a website or enter a search query, you will see “link copied”. This happens when you have a link in your clipboard. A clipboard is where a phone or a computer saves the last copied item.
“The link you copied” prompt is a new Google Chrome feature to make copying and pasting URLs into Chrome. This article explains how this feature works and how to disable it if you do not want to use it.
What does the ‘Link you copied” Do?
How do you copy and paste a link to Chrome usually? You will long-tap a link, copy it and then open Chrome, long-press and then choose paste.
The “link you copied” prompt wants to make it a bit easier for you. When you tap within the address bar to enter a URL, if you have a link in your clipboard, (that is, if you have copied any link), Chrome will show this prompt. When you tap this prompt, Chrome will automatically paste the copied URL into the address bar and open it.
Appears on Incognito Window Too
This seems to be happening even on when you open an Incognito window, which is sometimes annoying.
Disable ‘Link you copied” Prompt
Update: This flag is no longer available.
There used to be a flag in the chrome://flags to disable this feature (Clipboard URL suggestions). This is no longer available.
A workaround that you can do is to copy a word or a letter. When you do this, the link on your clipboard is replaced with this word or letter. This will stop Chrome from showing the previous link you copied.