How do I copy and paste Text/Images/Link between Mac and iPhone

How do I copy and paste Text/Images/Link between Mac and iPhone


Apple added a new feature called Universal Clipboard to its Continuity feature on macOS Sierra that allows user to copy any text or image or link on one device then let is paste on another device. That means users can copy text/images/link on Mac and then paste it on their iPhone and vice versa. 

A new feature called Universal Clipboard on macOS Sierra allows user to copy any text or image on one device then let is paste on another iPhone or iPad.

The Universal Clipboard is a useful feature which lets you easily copy and paste text/images/link between your Mac and iOS devices.

For example you are on your Mac and found a great article that you wanted to share with your friends on Viber. You can simply copy that article from your Mac – Launch Viber – Tap and hold the message box until it brings up the paste option – Tap on Paste and the text you copied from your Mac appear on your iPhone like a magic.

Before you could you Universal Clipboard on macOS Sierra and higher, you need to set up this feature on your Mac as well as your iOS device running iOS 10 or iOS 11 beta.

How to setup Universal Clipboard on macOS Sierra and iPhone

To setup Universal Clipboard on your device, there are few things that you need to enable on both Mac and iPhone.

Step 1: Turn on and Connect the same WiFi network on all your devices

Step 2: Turn on Bluetooth on both Mac and iPhone

Step 3: Use the same iCloud account to login on your Mac and iPhone

Step 4: On Mac, Go to System PreferenceGeneral and apply the check mark on “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices

A new feature called Universal Clipboard on macOS Sierra allows user to copy any text or image on one device then let is paste on another iPhone or iPad.

Step 5: The same thing applies for iPhone. Go to SettingsGeneralHandoff and enable it.
With everything setup, you are now ready to copy and paste between Mac and iPhone

How to copy and paste between Mac and iPhone/iPad

Step 1: Copy any text or image from Mac via press Command C or choose Edit to Copy

Step 2: Tap and Hold on any area on iPhone and then Paste it.

This also applies while copying text or image from iPhone and pasting it on Mac

List of compatible devices that support Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard feature can be only used on Mac’s with macOS Sierra or later and iOS 11, 10 or earlier on iPhone and iPad. Also the Mac should not be older than 2012 model. It needs to be from 2012 model or later. For iPhone and iPad, the Universal Clipboard feature works on iPhone 5 or later and iPad 4th generation or later. 

Here is a list of Compatible Devices that supports 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)
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