How to use the universal clipboard to copy and paste between your Apple devices?

You might not know it, but if you have multiple Apple devices, you can copy text, images, photos, and videos from your iPhone, paste it to your Mac and vice versa. To work, this universal clipboard available on iPhones running iOS 10 and later and Macs running macOS High Sierra and later, however, requires some prerequisites.

It will indeed be necessary that each device is connected to iCloud with the same Apple account, that they are close to each other, that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are activated on each of them, and that the Handoff function is also enabled on affected iPhones and Macs. Find out how to use the Universal Clipboard on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.


1. Activate Handoff

As we just explained, Apple’s Universal Clipboard requires several prerequisites, including enabling the Handoff function.


To activate Handoff on macOS, click on the menu Apple and meet in the System Preferences.

Then enter the section General, and make sure that the option Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices is well checked.


To activate Handoff on iOS, open the Settings, then in General enter the menu AirPlay and Handoff and make sure that the option Handoff is activated.

2. Copy content

Now grab your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and copy content as you usually do. The content you have just copied, stored in the device clipboard, and also immediately available in the clipboard of nearby devices.


3. Paste the contents of the clipboard to another device

Now take another Apple device in your hands, and open the document, text field, or application into which you want to paste the contents of the clipboard. If all went well, the contents of the clipboard you paste should be what you just copied to the other device.

Whether you are performing the operation on iOS or macOS, you should see an alert telling you Paste from “MacBook of x” or Paste from “iPhone x”.


If this universal clipboard function is very practical, we regret that Apple has not also integrated a clipboard history, as it exists for example on Windows, to make it possible to easily find several of the latest content that you have. copied.


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