How to Use Universal Clipboard: Copy and Paste Across Devices

Are you tired of emailing yourself notes or files just so you can access them on a different device? Well, Apple’s Universal Clipboard feature might be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Universal Clipboard allows you to copy and paste content not only on your Mac, but also between your Mac and another Mac, iPhone, or iPad. The integration is so deep within macOS and iOS that you might miss it. There’s no switch or button for Universal Clipboard, nor is it in System Preferences or Settings.

So, how do you use Universal Clipboard? All you have to do is copy some content – text, an image, or a video – on one device, switch to the other device, and paste it right into the app that can accept copied content. It’s a great way to move data from one device to another, especially when you’re going from Mac to Mac. You can even copy and paste entire files that way through your Finder.

However, to make this work, you have to make sure you have the right settings enabled on all of your devices. Here are the necessary supporting conditions:

– Every device you’re using must be signed into the same Apple ID in your iCloud settings.

– Each device must have Bluetooth turned on.

– Each device must have Wi-Fi turned on and connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

– Each device must have Handoff enabled.

– All of your devices must be relatively recent, running at least macOS 10.12 and iOS 10.

If the settings are correct, Universal Clipboard should work almost instantly, transferring data between devices. However, if it’s not working, try restarting all your devices, making sure they’re all connected to Wi-Fi and have internet connectivity.

It’s important to note that Universal Clipboard simply populates each device’s clipboard, just as it would if you copied from that device. As soon as you copy something else on any device, it immediately replaces whatever came into Universal Clipboard. If you copy something on one device but don’t paste it to the other device, the devices may revert back to their own clipboard contents after about two minutes.

Universal Clipboard makes life a lot easier when you’re switching data from a Mac to a Mac, or a Mac to an iPhone or iPad, or even from an iPad to a Mac. It’s amazing and really makes it easy to fluidly continue working from one device to another.

So, what will Apple think of next? Give Universal Clipboard a try and see how it transforms your workflow.


How does Apple Universal clipboard work?
On one device, copy the text, image, file, or other content as you normally would. The content is automatically added to the clipboard of your other nearby device. It remains there briefly, or until you replace it by copying something else on either device.
Why does my universal clipboard not work?
Turn WiFi and Bluetooth Off and Turn Them On Again Since both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are a must for Universal Clipboard to work perfectly, it would be better to soft reset them. On iPhone and iPad: Go to the Settings app ->, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and then toggle WiFi and Bluetooth off and then on again.
How do I access the universal clipboard on my iPhone?
First, make sure your Apple device is running the right operating system version. ... Next, sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all devices. ... Turn on Bluetooth. ... Turn on Wi-Fi and connect all devices to the same network. ... Enable Handoff.More items...
What devices support universal clipboard?
Use Universal Clipboard with any Mac, iPhone, or iPad that meets the Continuity system requirements. It works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows: Each device is signed in with the same Apple ID.