Here is how to use Universal Clipboard on Mac and iOS devices

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Universal Clipboard is a great feature for Mac and iOS devices which allows you to copy pictures, text and video between Mac and iOS devices. Basically, Universal Clipboard is a new Continuity feature hidden inside the Settings app. For example, you can copy a picture on iPhone and paste it into a document on your Mac.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to use this exciting Universal Clipboard on Mac and iOS devices.

Before we get started, you need to meet some requirements

Make sure that your Mac is now running MacOS Sierra 10.12 or newer and your iPhone must be running iOS 10 or later. If you have an earlier version, upgrade your device before moving ahead

Ensure that you are now signed into the same iCloud account between all devices and you have enabled Continuity features.

Your Mac must be from 2012 or newer to make the most out of the feature and all your devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network and make sure that you have turned on Bluetooth

Assuming that you have met all the above-mentioned requirements, let’s proceed with our step-by-step instructions

How to use Universal Clipboard to copy text, pictures and videos between Mac and iOS devices

Universal Clipboard lets you easily copy and paste between Mac iOS and Mac. Here is how do it

Step one: On your Mac, iPhone or iPad, select and copy anything you want

  • On your Mac, you can copy and paste using the “Edit” menu
  • On your iPhone, iPad: You can copy and paste with a simple tap-and-hold

Step two: Once you are done, move your picture, text or video to the device where you want to paste your copy and paste it on your spot

Step three: If your target device is a Mac, you will notice a little pop-up indicating that your copy is being transferred from your iPhone or iPad


Step four: If your target device is iPhone or iPad, you will see a pop-up windows that says “pasting from….”


How to fix Universal Clipboard not working properly on your device

There are times when Universal Clipboard is not working properly. As a result, you cannot copy and paste between your Mac and iOS devices. If you are experiencing the issue, here are a few workarounds you can try

  • Make sure that your device is compatible with Universal Clipboard. As mentioned above, your iOS device must be running iOS 10 or later while your Mac runs MacOS Sierra 10.12 or later.
  • Remember that all your devices are using the same Wi-Fi network and Apple ID. Make sure that you have enabled Handoff on all devices.
  • If you have met all the requirements, but Universal Clipboard still acts strange, try logging out and back into iCloud again.

Universal Clipboard is a nice feature. If you are not using the feature yet, you should be. However, make sure that you follow our step-by-step instructions to avoid unpleasant situations.

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