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How To Use The Universal Clipboard Your On iPhone & Mac

Since iOS 8, Continuity is a part of iOS that allows you to e.g. synchronize text messages with your iPad and Mac. In addition you can use the Handoff feature to continue an activity that you have previously started on another device. In iOS 10, Apple added another feature to the “Continuity family“ – the Universal Clipboard. It allows you to copy a photo, video or text on your iPhone and insert it instantly on your Mac, and vice versa.


You have to use the following operating systems, so that you can utilize the new Universal Clipboard:

  • iOS device: iOS 10 or later
  • Mac: macOS Sierra or later

This feature is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad (4th Generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2 or later
  • iPod touch (6th Generation) or later
  • MacBook (Early 2015) or later
  • MacBook Pro (2012) or later
  • MacBook Air (2012) or later
  • Mac mini (2012) or later
  • iMac (2012) or later
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013) or later

Activate Universal Clipboard

There is no actual option in the Settings to activate the Universal Clipboard. However, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to use it:

You have to activate Bluetooth on both devices (Mac and iOS device). Both devices have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as well. You have to make sure that the devices are located close to each other, because the Universal Clipboard does not work reliable in longer distances.

Use the Universal Clipboard

The Universal Clipboard enables the copying of text, photos and videos from your iPhone to your Mac and from your Mac to your iPhone.

And this is how it works…

Copying from iPhone to Mac

Highlight a text or select a photo or video on your iPhone and choose “Copy“.

Insert the content from your clipboard to your Mac (cmd + V or right click > Insert).

Copying from Mac to iPhone

In reverse you can copy a text, photo or video on your Mac (cmd + C) and insert on your iPhone (press and keep holding your finger on the display and then choose “Insert” from the options bar).

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