How to use Universal Clipboard to copy and paste data between iPhone and Mac

MacOS Sierra now allows its users to copy and paste between devices across platform or devices using a new feature called Universal Clipboard. This means that you now can copy a link on your iPhone and past it into a Mac. Besides, you can also copy a text on iPhone and past it over to your iPad.


In reality, Universal Clipboard is a part of the Continuity‘s new features and if you are not using it, make sure that you check it out. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to use Universal Clipboard to copy and paste data between iPhone and Mac

Before we begin, make sure that you meet the below-mentioned requirements

  • Universal Clipboard only supports modern OS versions: Your Mac must be running MacOS Sierra 10.12 or later, while iPhone or iPad must be running iOS 10 or later
  • Make sure that you use the same iCloud account for all devices you want to use Universal Clipboard
  • Your Mac must be 2012 model or newer. Your Mac supports MacOS Sierra, this does not mean that you have access to Universal Clipboard
  • All you devices must be connected on the same Wi-Fi network, with Bluetooth all enabled

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

Steps to use Universal Clipboard to copy and paste data between iPhone and Mac

Step one: On Mac, you can copy and paste from the Edit button. On iPhone or iPad, you can copy and paste with a tap-and-hold

Step two: Head to the device that you want to paste the copy you made from the step one and paste it into the desired spot

  • If the target device you use is Mac, a little pop-up will show up informing “Pasting from iOS devices”
  • If the target device is iPhone or iPad, you will see a little pop-up window with a status bar that says “Pasting from  …” Once it is done, your copy will land in your desired spot on your target device.

Steps to copy and paste images between iPhone or iPad and Mac

Universal Clipboard allows you to easily to copy and paste text between iOS and Mac, but images are a different story. You cannot paste your images directly into Finder on your Mac. All you have to do is to head to an app like Keynote or Preview before moving ahead. Here is how you do it:

Step one: You need to be into an app like Preview. Open the app and head to File > New From Clipboard

Step two: Once you are done, you will see the progress bar and your image will appear in the Preview window and then you are supposed to save it to your disk.

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