August 13, 2022
How to copy-paste text and images between your iPhone and Mac


Universal Clipboard was one of the major features announced at WWDC 2016. This is the ability to copy items on one Apple device and paste them on another. It works on iOS and macOS devices and is a neat feature to have if you keep switching between your Apple devices.

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Here’s a list of devices that are compatible with Apple’s Universal Clipboard feature:

  • iPhone 5 or newer
  • ipad pro
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • iPod touch (6th generation) or newer
  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (2012 or newer)
  • iMac (2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

This feature only works on iOS 10 and macOS Sierra so be sure to update your device to these operating systems first. Once you’ve done that, here’s how to enable Universal Clipboard on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac:

  1. Sign up Sign In same iCloud account on all devices.
  2. On iOS, Head To Settings > iCloud To check your iCloud account.
  3. On macOS, open System Preferences > iCloud and check that it matches what you saw in step 2.
  4. Turn on Bluetooth on all your devices.
  5. On iOS, Head To Settings > Bluetooth For doing this.
  6. On macOS, open System Preferences > Bluetooth To turn on Bluetooth.
  7. Turn on Wi-Fi on all your devices
  8. On iOS, Head To Settings > Wi-Fi,
  9. On macOS, click the Wi-Fi icon on the top bar.

Once you’ve done all these things, Universal Copy-Paste should start working. Simply copy anything on your iOS device and paste it on your Mac. There are no toggles or switches to enable it. It should start working on its own. You can use it to copy text and images between your iPhone and Mac, although text formatting may not always be preserved depending on the apps you’re using.

Note that not all devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for Universal Clipboard to work, but Wi-Fi and Bluetooth need to be switched on, and devices need to be close to each other Although Apple does not specify what ‘close to’ means. We tested it with a MacBook Air connected to a Wi-Fi network and an iPhone over 4G, and universal copy-paste worked fine.

Is this a useful feature? are you using it? Let us know through comment. For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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