How to Copy and Paste between Apple Devices

Published: Friday, May 13, 2022

Greetings, friends! Have you ever wanted to copy text or images from one device and paste it to another device? With the Universal Clipboard feature, it's entirely possible to copy and paste between Apple devices such as a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Enabling Universal Clipboard

To enable Universal Clipboard, all you have to do is follow the steps mentioned on Apple's support page. Basically, you need to make sure that each of your Apple devices is signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID and make sure each device has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. You also need to make sure that each device meets the minimum operating system requirements and hardware requirements. You can check out the table mentioned on Apple's Continuity system requirements page to see if your devices support Universal Clipboard.

You may find that your devices already have Universal Clipboard enabled! If you're using modern Apple devices with the most recent versions of iOS or macOS, then you should be good to go! Simply copy text on your iPhone and you can use the Command+V keyboard shortcut to paste it to your Mac!

You can also copy photos and paste them on other devices, which could be useful for transferring artwork. Suppose you just finished drawing an image using Procreate on your iPad, and you want to transfer it to your iMac for further adjustments. You can simply copy the photo on your iPad, go to your iMac workstation, and paste it in your favorite photo editing program! If the image is too large, you may need to use a different method of file transfer such as AirPlay or the classic USB cable.

Disabling Universal Clipboard

If you share devices between multiple people in your household, then you may find it annoying to have the Universal Clipboard feature always enabled.

To disable Universal Clipboard on your Mac, go to System Preferences. Then, click on "General" and uncheck "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices."

To disable Universal Clipboard on your iPhone, go to Settings. Then, click on "General." Click on the "AirPlay & Handoff" section, and then use the "Handoff" toggle switch to disable the Handoff feature. This will disable Universal Clipboard.