How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

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How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

In macOS Sierra and iOS 10, Apple added a new feature to Continuity called “Universal Clipboard”. Universal Clipboard allows you to copy something on your iPhone, and paste it on your Mac–or vice-versa–using iCloud.

Universal clipboard isn’t an advanced feature. For example, you can only copy and paste one operation at a time, so anything currently in the clipboard will be overwritten when you copy something new. Additionally, anything in the universal clipboard will expire after about two minutes.

For Continuity to work, you’ll want to make sure that all devices are connected to the same iCloud account and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled. We were able to copy and paste text via a mobile data connection, but had a few issues pasting images until we enabled Wi-Fi.

Let’s show you briefly how the copy and pasting process is performed, first from iPhone to Mac.

To copy a short bit of text in Safari from iPhone to Mac, select the bit of text on iPhone you want to copy. You can either tap the “Copy” button that appears from the resulting context menu. You can also tap the share button at the bottom of screen and tap “Copy”.

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Now, to paste the copied text into a new Note on Mac, open the Notes app, create a new note or open an existing one, and either head to Edit > Paste or press Command+V on your keyboard.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

As the following screenshot shows, the copied text now appears in the new note.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

The destination app to which you paste clipboard items shouldn’t matter. Whether it’s Pages, Notes or Word, if you can paste, it should work. Similarly, you should be able to copy from any app as well. Know however, results may vary, and in our experience, using native Apple apps will yield the most reliable copy/paste operations.

Just as you can paste from iOS to macOS, so can you from macOS to iOS as well. Let’s copy and paste an image from Preview on Mac, to a note on iPhone.

First, open the image in Preview and copy it using the Edit > Copy or by pressing Command+C on your keyboard.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

With the Notes app open, create or open a note. Tap on the note and then “Paste” from the resulting context menu.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

There may be a bit of a delay because the image has to first sync to iCloud and then to your iPhone or iPad, but soon enough, the image should be pasted into the target app.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

If you copy an image from iOS to Mac, you will see a notification that the item is being pasted from your iPhone to your Mac.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10.

In many cases, using the universal clipboard may not be the best method. For example, it isn’t more convenient than using AirDrop. What’s more, with some apps such as Reminders and Notes, content is normally synced, so you could just add content into a new note on the source device and it will appear automatically on the target device.

There’s no doubt that universal clipboard has its uses, though. It just works, it’s seamless, and when it comes to pasting something into non-native apps, it is definitely useful. Further, there may be instances where you simply don’t want to AirDrop a file, in which case, universal clipboard is an excellent solution.

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How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

With the introduction of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, Apple has stepped up its Continuity game with Universal Clipboard: Copy something on iOS, paste it on your Mac. Copy something on your Mac, paste it on iOS. It joins a growing list of features (Handoff, Calls, Instant Hotspot, Auto Unlock, and Messages) that connect your Mac to your iOS devices in super-convenient ways.

Setting up Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard works with text, photos, and video, so make sure that’s what you’re trying to copy between devices!

  1. Sign into iCloud with the same Apple ID on all your devices.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on all your devices.
  3. Make sure Wi-Fi is turned on on all your devices.
  4. Make sure your devices are near each other. Universal Clipboard is proximity-dependent.
  5. Copy your text, photo, or video on one device.
  6. Paste your text, photo, or video on your other device.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Believe it or not, that’s it! It’s as simple as making sure you’re logged in and have all your wireless radios turned on.

Troubleshooting Universal Clipboard

I’ve run into a few hiccups while using Universal Clipboard — particularly when trying to paste on my Mac what I’d copied from my iPhone. There are a few troubleshooting steps you can take, though.

Will my device work with Universal Clipboard?

First thing’s first: You need to make sure your device can use the feature! You’ll need to be running iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to take advantage of Universal Clipboard.

Note: This list has been updated to reflect the latest device requirements data from Apple.

The feature works on the following devices:

  • 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)

Troubleshooting tricks

  • Sometimes a good ol’-fashioned sign-out-sign-in works better than anything else. Try signing out of iCloud on your Apple devices and signing back in again.
  • Double check you’ve got Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and you’ve got Airplane Mode turned off.
  • Make sure your devices are near each other (in the same room). Universal Clipboard won’t paste from across the country.
  • Try copying your text, photos, or videos again. The clipboard clears itself after a period of time.

Questions or trouble?

If you have any questions or run into any trouble, gimme a shout! We’ll get your Universal Clipboard up and running.

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New in macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is a Universal Clipboard feature that makes it much easier to transfer links, text, photos, and more between different devices. With Universal Clipboard, you can copy something on your Mac and paste it on your iPhone, or vice versa.

It’s already been possible to open up web pages across multiple devices, but now that functionality has been extended further. With macOS Sierra and iOS 10, when you copy a link on one device, it’s uploaded to iCloud and available on all other devices where you’re signed in with your Apple ID. You can do things like look up a recipe on your Mac, copy the text, and paste it on your iPhone, or copy a photo from an iPhone to an iPad.

Using the feature is as simple as copying something on one device, switching over to another device, and hitting “Paste.” It can sometime takes a second or two for the copy to register, but it works seamlessly. There are no visual indicators for Universal Clipboard — it’s all behind the scenes.

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Apple has implemented an expiration for Universal Clipboard, so you only have a few minutes to paste something to another device once it’s been copied. After that expiration time, which appears to be about two minutes, cross-device paste stops working and will need to be reactivated with another copy.

There are limitations on what can be copied where. Text can be copied almost anywhere on a Mac or iOS device, but images are somewhat more limited and will need to be copied into an app, like Pages, so it isn’t a solid alternative to AirDrop for photo file transfers.

Universal Clipboard is a Continuity feature, so to get it to work, you will need to be signed into the same Apple ID across all devices. Bluetooth will also need to be turned on for the feature to work, and Bluetooth LE is required. The following Macs work with Universal Clipboard:

– 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)

Continuity features are sometimes unreliable, and there have been reports about spotty performance with Universal Clipboard during the beta testing period. Sometimes it helps to sign in and out of iCloud to restore functionality, and you’ll need to make sure Handoff is activated on your iOS device (Settings –> General –> Handoff).

Aside from a Bluetooth connection and the same Apple ID, there are no other requirements. Wi-Fi is not necessary, as Universal Clipboard will work with cellular data.

Previously introduced Continuity features allow users to do things like make and answer phone calls on their Macs, get SMS messages on the Mac, and transfer tasks from one device to another with Handoff. Other new Continuity features in macOS Sierra include Apple Pay on the web and Auto Unlock with Apple Watch.

macOS Sierra is available as of today and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra support a new feature called Universal Clipboard that lets you copy text or graphics on one device and paste them into documents on another. It really is as simple as copy-and-paste—assuming everything is configured correctly. Read on to learn how to make sure you’re set up to use Universal Clipboard.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Universal Clipboard lets you copy text and graphics from one Apple device to another

Before you get started, make sure your Mac, iPhone, and iPad are new enough to take advantage of Universal Clipboard.

Compatible Macs

  • 2012 or newer iMac
  • Early 2015 or newer MacBook
  • 2012 or newer MacBook Pro
  • 2012 or newer MacBook Air
  • 2012 or newer Mac mini
  • Late 2013 Mac Pro

Compatible iOS Devices

  • iPhone 5 or newer
  • iPad Pro
  • 4th generation iPad
  • iPad Air or iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • 6th generation iPod touch

You need to sign in to the same Apple ID on all of your devices, and make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Also make sure your devices are all on the same local network, too.

Update: TMO did more testing, and while Apple says Universal Clipboard requires Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you don’t need a network connection at all. Your devices only need to use the same Apple ID and have Bluetooth turned on.

Fire Up Handoff

Universal Clipboard is part of Handoff, so we’ll need to make sure that’s turn on for all of your devices, too.

To enable Handoff in macOS Sierra, do this:

  • Launch System Preferences
  • Select General
  • Check Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices

To enable Handoff in iOS 10, do this:

  • Tap Settings
  • Select General
  • Tap Handoff
  • Enable Handoff

Now you can select and copy text, photos, and graphics from Web pages on your iPhone, for example, and paste them into documents on your Mac. You can also copy and paste between your iOS devices, like your iPhone and iPad—and if you have multiple Macs using the same Apple ID you can copy and paste between them, too.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Universal Clipboard is one of the greatest features available with the latest versions of macOS and iOS which allow you to copy and paste between devices across platform or devices. For example, you can copy a link on a Mac and then paste it into an email on the iPhone, or copy a picture on the iPhone and paste it into a document on the Mac. You could also copy something from an iPhone and paste it over to an iPad, or from one Mac to another, and vice versa.

Universal Clipboard is part of the Continuity set of features and it works seamlessly, allowing you to copy text, images and pictures, even video, between Macs or iOS devices. If you aren’t yet using this feature, you really should be, so let’s cover the requirements and how it works.

Universal Clipboard Requirements

To have access to Universal Clipboard, you will need the following:

  • Modern OS versions: In order to have access to Universal Clipboard, the Mac must be running macOS Sierra 10.12 or later and the iPhone or iPad must be running iOS 10 or later. Earlier devices and iOS versions will not have access to the feature
  • Same iCloud account signed into all devices wanting to use Universal Clipboard
  • The Mac must be from 2012 onward, not just one of the Macs which supports Sierra (in other words, some Macs which can run Sierra do not have Universal Clipboard ability)
  • The devices must be on the same wi-fi network, with Bluetooth enabled

In my experience having all hardware on the same wi-fi network with Bluetooth enabled is the most reliable way to get Universal Clipboard to work.

Assuming you have met the requirements to use Universal Clipboard on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, here’s all you need to do:

How to Use Universal Clipboard to Copy & Paste Between iOS & Mac

Using Universal Clipboard is just as easy as copying and pasting elsewhere natively, except it’s accomplished with Continuity. Here’s all you have to do:

  1. From a Mac, iPhone, or iPad, select and copy anything as usual
    • On Mac: Copy & Paste from the “Edit” menu
    • On iOS: Copy & Paste with a tap-and-hold
  2. Move to the target device where you wish to paste the prior copy, and paste into the desired spot

If the receiving end is on a Mac, you’ll see a little pop-up window with a status bar saying “Pasting from “Device”

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

If the receiving end is an iPhone or iPad, you’ll see a pop-up window with a progress bar stating “Pasting from (device” as well:

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Universal Clipboard is perhaps the single best productivity feature (collaborative Notes may be a close second) in the latest versions of iOS and Mac OS for users who juggle between different devices on a regular basis, and it goes great with the other Continuity features like Handoff.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Troubleshooting Universal Clipboard

Is Universal Clipboard not working for you? Run through the method to configure outlined above, because Universal Clipboard should work flawlessly with the above requirements and steps, but if you’re having difficulties it’s likely because something is not configured properly or the device is not running a compatible software version.

  • Be sure you know how to copy and paste on a Mac
  • Be sure the devices are compatible with Universal Clipboard
  • Double-check that each device is running iOS 10.0 or later, or macOS Sierra 10.12 or later, install any lingering system software updates on either device
  • Enable wi-fi and join the same network for all devices involved
  • Enable Bluetooth on all devices involved
  • Insure all devices are using the same Apple ID and have iCloud enabled
  • Insure that Handoff is enabled in iOS (Settings > General) and Mac OS (System Preferences > General)

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Remember, you copy and paste on a Mac with Edit > Copy / Paste, and on iPhone or iPad with a tap-and-hold > select > Copy / Paste.

Do you use Universal Clipboard on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad? Let us know your comments below!

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A useful addition to Continuity in both macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is the Universal Clipboard, making it easier to shuttle content back and forth between Macs and iOS devices without AirDrop or other workarounds.

The addition is so simple as to be almost invisible. If you copy text, images, or video to one device’s clipboard, it should be automatically uploaded to iCloud, making it ready to paste on another device.

The only catch is that all devices must be running either Sierra or iOS 10, and signed into the same Apple ID.

Of course, the fact that clipboard contents have to be uploaded to iCloud could introduce lag into the equation. This should be negligible for most text and images, but trying to copy videos may mean having to wait a few minutes or more, depending on bandwidth and the size of the file. It’s not immediately clear if there will be a cap on clipboard filesizes.

Various third-party apps have offered the same feature over the years, but native inclusion by Apple should make it easier to use.

Both Sierra and iOS 10 are due to launch in the fall. In the meantime, developer betas are available, and public betas should arrive in July.

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How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

The most effective method to Fix “Universal Clipboard not Working” Error on iOS 10 & macOS Sierra

Restart both the Mac and the iPhone with a Force restart and see if this suggestion works first.

On iPhone/iPad: You have to at the same time press the Home key and the On/Off key for 10 seconds.

On Mac: You have to press the power key for 5 seconds, just until it naturally powers off. From that point forward, you power the Mac back on, with a basic press of its power button.

Log out from your iCloud record and sign in once more

On iPhone: Access the Settings menu and peruse for the Cloud tab. Look down until the Sign Out choice, tap on it, affirm the sign out on the Popup, and after that sign back in.

On Mac: Access the Apple menu and go to System Preferences. Tap on iCloud and tap the Sign Out, then sign back in.

Deactivate your Bluetooth and WiFi associations/Connections and after that reactivate it:

On iPhone: Access the Settings menu and go to the WiFi/Bluetooth section. Flip the WiFi choice from On to Off and sit tight for a few moments. Flip once more, to change once more from Off to On. Rehash similar strides for the Bluetooth association.

On Mac: Go to the menu bar, distinguish the WiFi symbol, and turn it off. Sit tight for a few moments and afterward turn it on once more. At that point go to the status menu, distinguish the Bluetooth symbol, and turn it off. Sit tight for a few moments and afterward turn it on once more.

Deactivate your Hand off capacity and after that reactivate it:

On iPhone: Access the Settings menu and go to the General tab. Recognize the Handoff capacity and tap on it to turn it off. In the wake of sitting tight for a few moments, tap on it again to switch back on.

On Mac: Access the Apple menu and go to the System Preferences. Get to the General tab, recognize the choice that says “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud gadgets” and uncheck it. Sit tight for a few moments and after that check it once more, to enact the alternative back.

After you take after the means from above, you ought to have the capacity to settle the Universal Clipboard not taking a shot at iOS and Mac OS for your gadget.

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If you have an iPhone with iOS 10 and a Mac with MacOS Sierra, you can copy or cut something from one device and paste it to the other. This new productivity feature is extremely helpful for starting something on one device and completing it on the other device. Apple calls this the Universal Clipboard, and the only catch is that both devices must be logged into the same iCloud/Apple ID account. The feature couldn’t be easier to use: simply copy on iPhone and open an app or browser on Mac and paste. Here’s how to cut on iPhone and paste it on Mac with Universal Clipboard.

First, make sure you know how to copy and paste on an iPhone. Then, there are a few things you need to make sure are on in order for it to work:

Have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 10 and Mac with MacOS Sierra.

Be logged into the same iCloud/Apple ID account on both devices.

Make sure Handoff is turned on within Settings (under General) on iPhone.

Have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled on both devices.

You can use this feature to cut, copy and paste between iPhone and Mac, or iPhone and iPad, or iPad and Mac. You could even use it from iPhone to iPhone as long as all the other conditions above are met.

How to Use Universal Clipboard to Cut on iPhone and Paste on Mac (or Vice Versa)

I’ve read, on multiple occasion, that pasting text works best with the Universal Clipboard. It seems images do decently well and videos will take some time. It’s definitely good to be aware of when AirDrop would be faster than the Universal Clipboard for images and videos.

  • Highlight the text or image you want to copy or cut and paste. Select either copy or cut on one device. If you need a refresher, here’s how to copy and paste on a Mac.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

  • Now switch to the device you want to paste the text or image into. Select where you’d like to paste it. Tap and hold; select Paste.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

  • If you copy and paste an image or video, it will take your device some time to paste it.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Overall, Universal Clipboard makes copying and pasting things from one device to the other ridiculously easy.

If Universal Clipboard is not working on Mac or iPhone, it is likely that one of these devices is not compatible with this feature or something is not configured properly on your iPhone or Mac.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Universal Clipboard Not Working On Mac

When you copy anything on a computer, the copied data is stored in a temporary storage location on the computer known as the “Clipboard” and this allows you to paste the data anywhere elsewhere on the device.

The “Universal Clipboard” feature in Apple Devices extends this concept further, allowing you to copy and paste content between multiple devices – Mac to iPhone, iPhone to iPad and vice versa.

Universal Clipboard still appears to be a work in progress and it is not uncommon to find it becoming glitchy or not at all working, even after being properly setup.

Before going ahead with troubleshooting steps, make sure that you are aware of the following limitations of the Universal Clipboard feature.

  1. Universal Clipboard remains active only for about 2 minutes, anything that you try to paste after 2 minutes will not work.
  2. While you can copy text from Mac to anywhere on iPhone, images can only be pasted into dedicated apps (Notes, Keynotes, Pages).
  3. The Paste function can be delayed, if the internet connection is not strong.
  4. Universal Clipboard works best on a WiFi Network

1. Make Sure Both Devices Are Compatible With Universal Clipboard

The first steps is to make sure that both your Mac (MacBook, Mac Mini or iMac) and iPhone are compatible with the Universal Clipboard feature.

According to Apple, the Universal Clipboard feature should work, if you have a Mac running macOS Sierra or later and an iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 or later.

2. Refresh WiFi & Bluetooth Networks

Sometimes, the problem is due to a glitch in either WiFi or Bluetooth Network on any of the two devices.

On iPhone: Go to Settings > WiFi > disable WiFi . Similarly, go to Settings > Bluetooth and disable Bluetooth .

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Wait for 30 seconds and enable both WiFi and Bluetooth on your iPhone.

On Mac: Select WiFi Icon located at top-right corner and disable WiFi . Similarly, select Bluetooth Icon located at to-right corner and disable Bluetooth .

Wait for 30 seconds and enable back both WiFi and Bluetooth on your Mac.

3. Enable Handoff On Both Devices

Universal Clipboard feature requires that you Enable the Handoff feature on both iPhone and Mac.

On iPhone: Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff and move the toggle next to Handoff to ON position.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

On Mac: Click on Apple Logo in top-menu bar > System Preferences > General and Enable Allow Handoff between this Mac and iCloud devices option.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

4. Enable Bluetooth Sharing on Mac

Click on Apple Logo > System Preferences > Sharing and enable Bluetooth Sharing option.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

5. Sign out of Apple ID on Both Devices

Sometimes, the problem is due to your Apple ID not being recognized by iCloud. This can be fixed by signing out of Apple ID on both devices and Signing back in.

On iPhone: Open Settings > tap on your Apple ID > scroll down and tap on Sign out .

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

On Mac: Click on Apple Logo > System Preferences > Apple ID > scroll down and click on the Sign Out option.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

After this, Sign back into Apple ID on both devices. Patiently wait for the two devices to Sync and check to see if Universal Clipboard is now working between Mac and iPhone.

Important: Make sure that you are Signed in to the same Apple ID on both Mac and iPhone.

6. Reset Bluetooth Settings on Mac

Click on Finder Icon > select the Go tab in top-menu bar and click on Go to Folder option.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

In Go to window, type

/Library/Preferences/ByHost and click on Go .

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

On the next screen, right-click on com.apple.Bluetooth.xxx.plist and click on Move to Trash option.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Shut Down Mac > Wait for 30 seconds > restart Mac and see if Universal Clipboard is now working on your Mac.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

One of the most useful features of the Apple ecosystem is something Apple calls Universal Clipboard, and yet many iPhone and Mac users don’t seem to know it exists, mostly because Apple doesn’t really advertise it.

The way it works is simple: When you copy something on your iPhone (text, an image, a link, whatever), you can select Paste on your nearby Mac and the contents will appear over just as if you were doing a copy/paste on the same machine. The same goes in reverse, from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad. Once you get used to Universal Clipboard, it quickly becomes one of your best productivity tools.

But it requires a little setup, and it can be hard to find because it’s a feature of a broader technology called Handoff that allows you to resume working in supported apps between iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Here’s how to enable it.

On your iPhone or iPad

To enable Universal Clipboard, you just have to turn on Handoff. To do that on your iPhone or iPad:

  • Open Settings
  • Tap on General
  • Tap AirPlay & Handoff
  • Enable Handoff

With this turned on, Handoff features will work with any other Mac or iPad logged in to the same Apple ID, as long as it’s nearby (typically within a few feet).

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

On your Mac

Once Handoff is enabled on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to enable it on your Mac, too.

  • Open System Preferences
  • Open General
  • Enable the checkbox next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices

With Handoff enabled, you’ll get Univesal Clipboard as well as seeing new icons in your Dock for apps like Safari, Mail, Maps, Calendar, and others when you have them open on your iPhone or iPad. Clicking on one of those icons will open that app to the same place or page as it is on your iPhone/iPad.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Supported Devices

Different Handoff features have different system requirements, which Apple lists here. But Universal Clipboard in particular is one of the best-supported features. All you need is:

  • Any iPhone 5 or later or or iPad 4th generation or later, running iOS/iPadOS 10 or later.
  • Any Mac from 2012 or later running macOS Sierra (10.12) or later.

In other words, almost any hardware from the last eight years, with software from the last five, will work.

It can be a little finicky at times. If you find it stops working, just go back to Settings and System Preferences, turn Handoff off (on both your iPhone/iPad and Mac), wait a few seconds, then turn them back on. That usually clears up any problems.

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How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Thanks to the Continuity features in macOS Sierra and iOS 10, retained and polished in High Sierra and iOS 11, you can copy text and images on one device, then paste it on another. Apple call it the Universal Clipboard, and we show you how to use it on your Mac and iPhone.

For more general advice on this topic, see How to copy and paste on Mac.

What is Universal Clipboard?

With the release of macOS Sierra, Apple added the Universal Clipboard to its Continuity feature. This clever idea allows users of compatible devices to share copied content seamlessly between devices.

For example, you might be working on your Mac and find a quote you want to send to a friend. Simply copy it, open up the Messages app on your iPhone, tap and hold the text box to bring up the Paste option, select it and your quote will instantly appear. Magic.

Does Universal Clipboard work on all Apple devices?

To use Universal Clipboard you’ll need to be running macOS Sierra or later on your Mac and iOS 10 or later on your iPhone or iPad.

The feature also requires certain criteria to be met in terms of technical specs. Basically, the Macs will need to be from 2012 or later, and the iOS devices only go back as far as the iPhone 5 or the iPad 4th generation.

Here’s a complete list of the compatible devices:

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

How do I set up the Universal Clipboard on my devices?

If your hardware and software are up to snuff there’s only a few settings you’ll need to tweak.

WiFi and Bluetooth will need to enabled on the devices you want to use, and all must be on the same WiFi network. They’ll also need to be logged into the same iCloud account.

If you’re using a Mac then you’ll need to enable the Handoff feature, which you’ll find in System Preferences>General, with a tick box marked Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

The same setting will need to be turned on for iOS devices. So, go to Settings > General > Handoff, and enable it.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Cutting and pasting content between devices

With everything now set up, you’ll need to select text or images you want to share.

On Macs you can press Cmd + C or go to the menu bar at the top of the page and choose Edit > Copy, while on iOS devices you just tap and hold until the Copy option appears.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Move to your destination device, press and hold (iOS) and then select Paste, or on a Mac click where you want the content to go and press Cmd + V or select Edit > Paste.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

Now you should see the content that originated on one device appearing on another one. Fine work, Apple!

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How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

None of the above ideas not working to fix the Universal clipboard stopped working then don’t worry, try at least one last dosage.

Basic Steps Follow on the Mac,

First Step,

  • Let’s connect Each possible Bluetooth device, for example, iPhone, iPad, Muse, trackpad, and keyboard directly to Mac via USB cable not wireless.
  • You can check that Click on Apple logo on top menu bar > System preferences > Click Bluetooth. So Status will display charging mode.

Second Step,

  • Now on the system preferences pan tap on Bluetooth.
  • And here Click on (X) icon to remove each Bluetooth device. Apple iPhone, iPad, magic Muse, magic trackpad and magic keyboard whatever. After this turn toggles Bluetooth Off on your Mac.

Third step,

  • Go to Systempreferences > Network > and here Turn Wi-Fi off on your Apple Mac.
  • As the same, Turn Handoff off by stepwise go to the Systempreferences > General > Next, uncheck Allow handoff between this Mac & Your iCloud devices.
  • This all stuff we will turn on after reboot Mac.

Follow the Bottom Steps on your Apple iOS Device

  • Now on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch)
  • Open the Settings App on iDevice > Tap Bluetooth > tap the i icon next to the connected Mac and tap on Disconnect or Forget This device.
  • Same way, turn off the toggle for Wi-Fi (Settings – Turn Wi-Fi OFF) and turn off handoff (SettingsGeneralHandoff).

Now again on your Apple Mac

  1. Launch the Finder window from the dock on the bottom of the Mac
  2. Enter

  • Open the Terminal [open FinderGoUtilitiesTerminal] then copy this command and enter on your Mac terminal command to access BT plist file.

sudo rm /Library/Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist

  • After this, now restart your Mac and iOS device.
  • And after turning On, turn all toggles like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Handoff do turning on mean activate it and try to use the copy and paste feature to nearby Apple Mac and iDevice.

Hope this will work for many users!!

In case, Mac Copying and iPhone pasting work but if iPhone Copying and macOS sierra installed don’t work then Restart iPhone and then try again. (Restart iPhone 7 Plus)

To Force Restart iPhone 12(Pro Max), iPhone 11, Pro, 11 Pro 11 Max, XR, XS, XS Max, X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus:

  1. First, Press and Quickly Release Volume Up button,
  2. then Press and Quickly Release Volume Down Button,
  3. then Press and Hold Side Button until you see the Apple logo on Screen.

To Restart iPhonePress and Hold on Sleep/ Wake button until appearing red slider bar. Then drag the slider to turn iPhone off. Next up, you will have to again press and hold on to the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

Do you have any answer to fix the problem of Universal Clipboard not working from iPhone to on macOS Catalina that we missed? Please drop in a comment box. We will appreciate hearing from you.

How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra introduce a shared “Universal Clipboard”. Now you can copy text or images on your iPhone and paste them on your Mac. Or copy text on your Mac and paste on your iPad or iPhone. In other words, you now have just one clipboard for all of your devices.

Your copied content is shared directly via a secure Bluetooth connection (not through the cloud), so it is very secure and Apple never gets a copy of your copied content.

If you already know how to copy and paste on your iPhone and Mac there is nothing new to learn. The only difference is that all of your devices now share a single clipboard instead of each device having their own. And when you paste across devices you may have a short delay while content is transferred.

In order for it to work all of the following must be true:

  • All devices must be upgraded to at least iOS 10 or macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Your devices must be compatible with Continuity which requires a Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip
  • Your devices must be logged in with the same iCloud account
  • Handoff must be enabled on all devices:
    • iOS: Settings app > General > Handoff
    • macOS: Apple menu > System Preferences > General > Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices

    The times I find this most useful are when something pops up on my iPhone to ask me for a password. I can copy a password in 1Password on my Mac and then paste on my iPhone without having to switch apps.

    If it doesn’t work try disabling handoff and then re-enabling it on all devices. If you don’t see the Handoff setting it means your software or hardware is not compatible.

    If you don’t want this feature enabled you will need to turn off Handoff. Unfortunately, there is no option to have only some features of Handoff enabled. You’ll lose the ability to quickly connect to your Personal Hotspot and quickly transfer open items between devices.

    One of the new macOS Sierra features that I find useful is its Universal Clipboard. You already know what a clipboard is for – whatever you copy is kept here until you paste it elsewhere – but with Universal Clipboard you can paste your text selection from your iPhone to your Macbook or iPad and vice versa.

    It is a great feature to have if you work on multiple devices, but only if it works of course. Users have been reporting a problem with this feature, myself included, and after trying out a few fixes I could find online, here’s how I got Universal Clipboard to work properly for me.

    1. Check device compatibility

    The fix that is at the top of the list has to do with device compatibility – you need to make sure your devices are compatible and can use this new Continuity feature.

    Your iOS device(s) needs to be running the latest iOS 10 whereas your Mac needs to be of the following:

    • MacBook Air (mid-2012 and later)
    • MacBook Pro (mid-2012 and later)
    • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, early 2015)
    • iMac (late 2012 and later)
    • Mac mini (late 2012 and later)
    • Mac Pro (late 2013)
    2. Use the same iCloud account

    This cross-device copy-pasting feature requires both (or all) your devices to be signed in to the same Apple ID on iCloud. If any of your devices are on a different iCloud account, sign in to the common one before trying out the clipboard again.

    3. Turn on your Bluetooth

    If you are copy-pasting between Mac OS and iOS, make sure both iOS and Mac OS devices have their Bluetooth on and are paired.

    If all else fails

    If the three methods above doesn’t work, then you will need to try this one instead:

    Similar 3rd party apps

    If after all this, you still can’t get Universal Clipboard to work for you, perhaps it’s time to throw in the towel. Just kidding; you can opt for third party apps that do pretty much the same thing. Here are three such apps you can try out.

    Do you have an email address or a URL on your iPhone that would be more useful it it were on your Mac? Or maybe you have a picture on your Mac that you’d like to use on your iPad? Or maybe you have one file on your MacBook Air that you need to copy over to your iMac Pro?

    Using universal clipboard, just copy it on one device and paste it on another!

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    If you are willing to plunk down your change to buy Apple stuff, there are advantages. Two features are what Apple calls Continuity and Universal Clipboard. These features first appeared in MAC OS Sierra, OS 10.12 and iOS 10.

    In this article, I’m going to walk you through the requirements and the setup for universal clipboard. In my own tests, it worked really well between my Mac, iPad and iPhone.

    Software/Hardware Requirements

    This feature works on the following devices and operating systems:

    The Macs must have Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later; the iOS devices must be running iOS 10 or later. In terms of supported hardware, use the chart below to make sure your model is new enough to support universal clipboard.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    Next, in order for this to work, you must make sure that Wifi and Bluetooth are BOTH turned on for each device and that you are close to the device you want to “paste to”. Also, all devices must be signed into the same iCloud account.

    How to Enable Universal Clipboard

    If your devices can use Universal Clipboard, you will now want to check to see that it is enabled for your OS X and iOS devices.

    Universal Clipboard is part of Handoff and Continuity, Apple’s terms for continuous work between and among devices. Here’s how to enable Handoff in Mac OS and in iOS:

    iOS: Settings / General / Handoff

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    OS X: System Prefs / General / Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    At this point, everything should work. Before you get too frustrated or change any settings, make sure you restart the devices just to make sure everything is synced.

    Copying and Pasting

    Check again that you have both Wifi and Bluetooth enabled on all the devices and then try to copy some text. Below, I copied some text from a news app on my iPhone:

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    Then I opened the TextEdit app on my Mac and went to the Edit menu. I immediately noticed that the paste option was available.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    I clicked on Paste and my text from the iPhone showed up on my Mac!

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    Now I tested this using several apps and in both directions and it didn’t always work properly. For example, copying text from the Gmail app only worked occasionally. For some emails, the text copied fine, but for other, nothing would show up.

    I suspect it had something to do with the formatting of the text in the emails, but it’s annoying that you don’t know when it’ll work or not.

    Copying authentication codes from Authy or LastPass worked just fine. Copying images from the Photos app and pasting those also worked well. I didn’t get a chance to paste an entire file from Mac to Mac because I don’t have two Macs, but hopefully that should work well too.

    If you run into any problems, make sure your devices and operating systems are supported and that Handoff is enabled on all devices. Enjoy!

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    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    While Apple has no current plans to unify its macOS and iOS operating systems, they are including features that will make communicating between both platforms easier, such as Continuity and Handoff where users can switch from using one device to the other seamlessly, like opening apps, websites, and so on.

    Now in case you didn’t know, macOS Sierra and iOS 10 have an interesting new feature: universal clipboard. Yup, this is pretty much what you think it is, and if you didn’t already figure it out, basically both platforms will share a clipboard, meaning that something you copy on your Mac can be pasted on your iOS device, and vice versa.

    This only works if both devices have Bluetooth enabled and share the same Apple ID since the copied information will be sent and stored to iCloud. Now it should be noted that it does not happen instantly and it will probably take a second or two to register, but given that it is text it should not be too long. So far text seems to be one of the few things that can be copied and pasted, and there is also a time limit on how long it stays on the clipboard before you have to copy it again.

    There is also device compatibility for Macs, and universal clipboard will only work with the 2015 12-inch Retina MacBook or newer, the 2012 MacBook Pro or newer, the 2012 MacBook Air or newer, the 2012 Mac mini or new, the 2012 iMac or newer, or the late 2013 Mac Pro or newer.

    Need an iPhone photo on your Mac? A link from your iPad on your iPhone? Apple's Universal Clipboard function lets you copy text, images, and files between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac with just a few settings tweaks.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    You can copy and paste text, images, and files on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, but you can do the same across different Apple devices thanks to the built-in Universal Clipboard. Sure, you can always use AirDrop or iCloud to sync and deliver items between Mac and iOS devices, but the Universal Clipboard can copy and paste content those other features may not be able to handle.

    For example, you can copy a link to a web page on an iPhone and paste it into Safari on your iPad. An image on your iPad can be pasted into an app on your Mac. If you have text on a Mac, you can copy and paste it into an email on your phone. Entire files can even be copied from one device to another.

    These tricks are possible due to the continuity feature called Handoff, which helps your iPhone, iPad, and Mac talk to each other. To make this work, you have to enable certain options across all devices. After that, you can paste the same copied item as many times as you want, and it works as smoothly and effectively across devices as it does natively on one device.

    Just remember that the clipboard can hold only one item at a time, which means if you copy something else, regardless of the device, the new selection will replace the previous one in the clipboard. Also keep in mind that copied content is available only for a short amount of time, so don’t wait too long to paste it.

    System Requirements

    First, let’s establish the ground rules over which devices and operating systems are required for the Universal Clipboard to work. On the software end, your Mac must run OS X Sierra or later, while your iPhone and iPad must have iOS 10 or higher. Your Mac or iOS/iPadOS device must be one of the following models:

    Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    Each device must be signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID and must have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on. On a Mac, you can see if these are enabled by checking their icons on the status menu in the right-hand corner of the screen. Alternatively, open System Preferences > Network > Bluetooth PAN to confirm that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are turned on, respectively.

    On your iPhone or iPad, open Settings to confirm that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both enabled. You can also open Control Center and make sure the icons show that both are turned on.

    Enable Handoff

    Each device must also have the Handoff feature enabled. Do this on a Mac from System Preferences > General and select the Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices option if it’s not already checked.

    To enable Handoff on an iOS/iPadOS device, go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff and turn on the switch for Handoff if it’s not already on.

    Copy Text on iPhone, Paste on iPad

    Now, let’s try out a few tricks. On your iPhone, open a web page in Safari and copy the URL. Now switch to your iPad and open Safari. Tap the current URL in the address field, then tap the highlighted text. Tap Paste, and the URL you copied from Safari on your iPhone is pasted into Safari on your iPad. You can also paste the same URL into other iPad apps, like Notes, Mail, and Messages. Tap the appropriate place on the screen and select Paste to paste the URL.

    Copy an Image on iPhone, Paste on iPad

    Let’s say you have a photo on your iPhone that you want to copy and paste on an iPad. Launch the Photos app on iPhone and open the image. Tap the Share icon and tap the Copy Photo icon. On your iPad, open the app in which you want to paste the photo. Double-tap or long-press on the area where you want the photo to appear and tap Paste from the menu.

    The Universal Clipboard is a handy new feature of macOS Sierra that allows you to copy and paste files from your iPhone directly to your Mac. We show you how it works.

    Using Universal Clipboard, that’s how it works

    Apple itself has paid little attention to it, but the Universal Clipboard is one of the most useful new features introduced in 2016. This allows you to effortlessly copy and paste between different devices, without having to manually forward text or other files.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    To use the Universal Clipboard, you must meet a number of conditions:

    • Make sure the devices are on the same Wi-Fi network;
    • The Mac and the iPhone / iPad must run at least on macOS Sierra and iOS 10;
    • The devices must be within Bluetooth range of each other;
    • Bluetooth must be turned on;
    • Handoff must be on on both devices (see below);
    • All devices must be signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.

    Activate handoff and use the function

    To activate Handoff, go to Settings> General, Handoff on iOS. On the Mac you do this via System Preferences> General, tick the box behind ‘Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices’. Just keep in mind that Handoff doesn’t work on all Apple devices.

    These devices support Handoff and the Universal Clipboard:

    • iPhone 5 or later
    • iPad Pro
    • iPad fourth generation
    • iPad Air or later
    • iPad mini 2 or later
    • iPod touch (6th generation) or later
    • 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)

    If you’ve gone through the list above, the Universal Clipboard should work. This testing is easy: simply copy something on your iPhone and then try pasting it to your Mac. This works not only for text, but also for photos and videos.

    Keep in mind that copied files will only be available for pasting for a short time. So you can’t use the Universal Clipboard to copy a photo at the beginning of the afternoon and paste it to your Mac later in the day.

    The change to iOS 10 was jarring for some, but it comes with plenty of cool features. Read these ten tips to decipher some of iOS 10’s best features.

    1. Unlock your phone byresting your finger on the home button. One of the most noticeable changes of iOS was the changed method of unlocking your phone. Not only was the “Slide to Unlock” feature removed, you now have to press down on your home button for your fingerprint to register. If this bothers you, do not fear! In the “Home Button” section of “Settings,” you can switch “Rest Finger to Open” on. This will return the ease of unlocking your phone by simply placing your finger on the home button.
    1. Quickly check your notifications. With iOS 10’s “Raise to Wake” function, your phone’s screen will briefly light up when it’s picked up. This allows you to take a swift glance at your notifications to see if anything is demanding your attention. Turn this setting on under “Display and Brightness.” Be warned: this may decrease battery life for some.
    1. Send secret messages with Invisible Ink. One of the new features added to Messages is the ability to send texts using Invisible Ink. Your message will only show shifting static until it’s tapped. The static will clear briefly so that the message can be read, and then fill up the text box again. This comes in handy for sending sensitive information like financial details. Invisible Ink can be utilized by taping and holding the Send button after typing your message, then selecting Invisible Ink.
    1. Have more fun withemojis! You have probably noticed that in addition to suggested words, iOS now includes suggested emojis. This limits searching through the countless emoji’s on the keyboard – simply type your message, and Apple will suggest relevant emojis!
    1. View informationquickly with 3D Touch. With iPhone 6 and 6s, hard pressing on an app’s icon will allow you to see the same cursory data that you can view with a home screen widget. You can use this feature to quickly take photos, send out a brief tweet, or call or text favorites. This mainly works with Apple’s apps, since this capacity must be included by the developer.
    1. Search your photos with ease. Not only can you search by face or location, you can also search by object! Apple’s picture recognition software can recognize basic objects. Simply type in a word like “tree” or “road” into the search bar, and let Apple do the rest of the work!
    1. Add creativity to your photos with Markup. This feature is oddly difficult to find, but it is essential for someone who is looking to add text or paint onto their photos. To find Markup, select your photo and tap the edit icon (on the bottom right next to the trash), then tap the circle with three dots at the right bottom. Tap Markup, and enjoy adding fun decorations to your photo.
    1. Copy and paste between all of your Apple devices with Universal Clipboard. As long as you have a device with iOS 10 and a computer running macOS Sierra, you now have the ability to copy something on one device and paste it with the other. Just copy the same way you always have, and that information will be available for a brief period of time to paste with your other device. You must be signed into the same Apple ID on both devices.
    1. Integrate withHomeKit. HomeKit is Apple’s ecosystem of devices for your home to control things like lights, locks, and thermostats. And with iOS’s “Home” app, you can now control any HomeKit enabled devices you have right from your phone. This only works for devices specifically designed and labed as Homekit compatible.
    1. Collaborate easily with Notes. With iOS 10, Apple introduced the ability to collaborate with others in the Notes app. Simply share a note by tapping on the icon on the top with the person icon and the plus button. Choose how you would like to send the invitation. You can send the note with Apple’s basic Mail and Message apps, but you can also use Twitter, Facebook, and other social medias. Anyone with an iCloud account can access and edit it!

    So that’s it! Ten tips to think about as you explore iOS 10. Enjoy!

    By Charlie Sorrel • 12:00 pm, August 7, 2017

    Since last fall, your Mac and your iOS devices have shared a Universal Clipboard. That is, you can copy on one device and paste on another. It’s seamless, and incredibly useful. For instance, you could copy a shipment tracking number in Mail on your Mac, then paste it into the tracking app on your iPhone. Or you could take a screenshot on your iPhone, then paste it into a blog post you’re writing on your iPad.

    Universal Clipboard is so easy to use, you might have used it already without even realizing. Here’s how it works.

    How Universal Clipboard works

    The Universal Clipboard works a lot like AirDrop, another awesome Apple feature.

    Universal Clipboard uses Bluetooth to detect your nearby Apple devices, then uses Wi-Fi to transfer whatever you have copied to your clipboard. Like AirDrop, the devices don’t need to be on a Wi-Fi network. They can transfer your clipboard contents directly. That means you can even use the Universal Clipboard in the middle of a forest, should you desire. You do need to be signed into iCloud, however, so your devices can be identified as belonging to you.

    Can your device handle this handy feature?

    According to Apple’s own page on the feature, you’ll need to make sure you meet all the following requirements to use the Universal Clipboard:

    • Running iOS 10 or macOS Sierra (or later).
    • Both devices signed into iCloud (and using the same Apple ID).
    • Bluetooth turned on.
    • Wi-Fi turned on. turned on.

    Your device also should meet Apple’s requirements for Continuity, which is Cupertino’s catch-all term for Universal Clipboard, Handoff, AirDrop and similar services. On iOS, this is easy — if it can run iOS 10, your iPhone or iPad should work. On the Mac, it comes down to the kind of Bluetooth chip inside. (Most Macs since 2012 are good to go.)

    Copy iOS clipboard to Mac

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    The iPad is sending a copied picture to the Universal Clipboard.
    Photo: Cult of Mac

    Apple does some clever, complicated business in the background to make Universal Clipboard behave like you’d expect. To use it, you just copy to the clipboard on one device (Command-C on the Mac, or using the Copy option in the Sharing extension on iOS), then paste on the other. When you copy, the contents of your clipboard get automatically copied to all your nearby devices’ clipboards, ready to paste.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    Pasting from Universal Clipboard.
    Photo: Cult of Mac

    After a while, the copied clip disappears from the other devices’ clipboards. (They revert to whatever they had on their clipboards before.) This is good for security because sensitive information doesn’t hang around. It also won’t confuse you (by suddenly showing your iPhone’s clipboard on your Mac the following day, for example).

    What is Universal Clipboard useful for?

    This shared clipboard makes some annoying tasks much easier. For instance, I use it when writing posts for Cult of Mac. It lets me take a screenshot on my iPhone and paste it into the post I’m writing on the iPad. Without Universal Clipboard, I’d have to wait for the photo to upload to my iCloud Photo Library, then insert from there. Or — when away from a Wi-Fi internet connection — I’d have to manually transfer the image using AirDrop.

    Other uses for Universal Clipboard:

    • Passwords.
    • Screenshots.
    • Video clips.
    • Grabbing a URL in Safari on your iPhone to use on the bigger screen of your Mac.
    • Automatically saving your clipboard with an app like Copied.

    This last one is worth a special mention.

    Keeping a clipboard history with Copied app

    Copied is a fantastic clipboard manager app for iOS and macOS that also will perform some clipboard syncing duties. Working in concert with the Universal Clipboard, it turns into a clipboard history tool. You may be familiar with these from the Mac: An app like the amazing LaunchBar can keep a list of everything you copy, ready to be quickly accessed for pasting. This lets you copy, copy, copy, then paste, paste, paste, instead of switching back and forth between apps to copy then paste, copy then paste.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    The Copied app turns your iPhone into a clipboard history console.
    Photo: Cult of Mac

    With Universal Clipboard, you can do the same on iOS. If you’re working on your iPad, say, just launch Copied on your iPhone. Then, every time you copy something on the iPad, it will be saved by Copied on the iPhone and added to its running list of snippets. If you want to copy something back to the iPad, just swipe it to the right on the iPhone, and it is added back to the iPad’s clipboard using the Universal Clipboard. This way, you can copy lots of snippets of text from a web page, or grab a few images, or anything else, and then use them in any order, at any time. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

    In the end, this is just the same old clipboard you’re used to. But with a few extra tweaks, it becomes super-useful. In the bad old days, we’d have emailed ourselves a link from our iPhone just to be able to use it on the Mac. Now, you can simply treat the iPhone and the Mac like a single device. It’s pretty rad.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    When you are writing an report in your Mac, you need to use a picture that stored in your iPhone, how to quickly transfer the picture from your iPhone to Mac? You may say upload the picture to iCloud, then download the picture to the Mac, or use iTunes. Yes, you are right. In fact, we could have a quicker way to do it. With Universal Clipboard, you can copy text, images, photos, or video on one Apple device, then paste it on another Apple device.

    How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

    1. Set up Universal Clipboard

    To use Universal Clipboard, any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch should meet below requirement:

    • 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)

    Now you can set up as follows:

    • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
    • Each device has Bluetooth turned on.
    • Each device has Wi-Fi turned on.
    • Each device has Handoff turned on:
      • On Mac, Click the Apple Logo > System Preferences, then click General. Select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”

      How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

      How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

      2. Use Universal Clipboard to Transfer Files

      Once you set up the Universal Clipboard, you can enjoy the convenience to transfer files from iPhone to Mac.

      1. On your iPhone, copy the picture you want transfer to your Mac, it will automatically added to the clipboard of your Mac as long as you put the Mac nearby your iPhone.
      2. On your Mac, paste it as you normally would.

      Tip: With same steps, you can also transfer text, or video from iPhone to Mac. The content will remain before you copy new content. The Universal Clipboard only works when your iPhone is nearby your Mac.

      How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

      One of the most remarkable features of the Apple Ecosystem is Universal Clipboard. However, many iPhone and Mac users don’t seem to know it exists and not to mention how to use it. Universal Clipboard makes it seamless to copy and paste on Mac, iPhone, and iPad. But it requires a little setup.

      Luckily, our post gives a clear guide on how to set up Universal Clipboard as well as how to use it. Even when universal clipboard not working on Mac or other Apple devices, here gives some solutions. Just keep reading.

      How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

      What is Universal Clipboard

      Universal Clipboard is a feature that Apple has built into the macOS and iOS that allows you to copy-paste content from one Apple device to another. It works with everything from simple text to videos and images.

      This could come in handy when working on a presentation on your Mac, and you need to transfer several photos from iPhone to Mac. Instead of using AirDrop, you can directly copy and paste your images. Isn’t it magic?

      How to set up Universal Clipboard on Mac and iOS devices

      To enjoy the magic feature on Mac and iOS devices, you need to set up Universal Clipboard correctly. Here’s how to enable Universal Clipboard across Apple devices:

      How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

      • First, make sure your Apple device is running the right operating system version.
        Macs need to run macOS Sierra (10.12) or newer.
        iOS devices need to run iOS 10 or newer.
      • Next, sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all devices.
        On Macs, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Apple ID > Sign In.
        On iOS devices, go to Settings > your name > iCloud > Sign In.
      • Turn on Bluetooth.
        On Macs, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Bluetooth > Turn Bluetooth On.
        On iOS devices, go to Settings > Bluetooth > move the slider to green.
      • Turn on Wi-Fi and connect all devices to the same network.
        On Macs, go to the Wi-Fi menu in the top right and select Turn Wi-Fi On.
        On iOS devices, go to Settings > Wi-Fi > move the slider to green.
      • Enable Handoff. This is a crucial step to enable Universal Clipboard to work.
        On Macs, go to Apple menu > System Preferences > General > check the box next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

        On iOS devices, go to Settings > General > Handoff > move the slider to green.

      • Place your devices within about 30 feet (10 meters) of each other.

      How to use Universal Clipboard to copy and paste on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

      If you have set up Universal Clipboard correctly according to the above steps, now you can use it to copy and paste on Mac, iPhone, and iPad seamlessly. Here take using Universal clipboard on Mac and iPhone as an example.

      • Copy content on your iPhone. The content could be a block of text, an image, a link, or other content that can be copied.
      • The copied content is now saved to the iPhone clipboard. It’s also automatically added to the Mac clipboard.
      • Paste the copied content on your Mac where it’s available in the same way that you normally paste content – using Command + V or click the Paste option from the right-click context menu.

      Using the above steps, you can easily copy contents from your iPhone and then copy them to Mac. You can also use these steps to copy and paste from a MacBook to an iPad, from an iPhone to an iMac, from an iPhone to an iPad, and or any other combination you can come up with including transferring files from Mac to Mac with Universal Clipboard.

      Universal Clipboard not working, how to fix

      When you find that the Universal Clipboard is not working on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, first check if you have correctly set up the Universal Clipboard and meet the requirements to use it. If yes, then try the below solutions to fix this issue.

      1. Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and switch on again.
      2. Disable and enable Handoff.
      3. Sign out of iCloud and sign in again.
      4. Restart your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
      5. Update your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

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      How to use universal clipboard in macos sierra and ios 10

      Anna Yuan is a professional tech editor at iBoysoft who specializes in writing articles related to software, macOS, Windows OS, Apple products, and Windows computers. Furthermore, she writes articles for some well-known tech websites. And as she has been a Mac user for many years, she’s highly willing to share information on Mac utilities and tips.