Using the Universal Clipboard to Copy and Paste Text, Images and Videos Between iOS Devices and Macs

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In this podcast, David Woodbridge demonstrates the Universal Clipboard facility available on devices running iOS 10 or later, or macOS Sierra or later. If you now copy text, images, or video to the clipboard on one device, it should be automatically available to paste on any other device that uses the same Apple ID.

Note that for Universal Clipboard to work your device must support the Continuity feature and have Hand-off enabled. This Apple Support page provides more information on Continuity and Hand-off.



Submitted by Lielle ben simon on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hello David, I would like to ask about your podcast. Can I copy and paste text in a everywhere? Ohr it does limit to specific places? and as always you Did a great job.

Submitted by jcdjmac (not verified) on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I'm wondering the same thing too. I tryed to copy a text document in an app called sing! by smule, but it's not working. I know it's working in pages, and text edit, but was wondering if it works anywhere elce?

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, October 1, 2016

This does not work for me. I've tired this from mac to ios and no joy. Hand off is turned on on my ios device running ios 10. I've ben trying to get this to work for weeks now so I could write about it in my book and show it in the video/audio presentations I'm putting together. Help?

Submitted by Maria on Friday, December 2, 2016

HI. I googled how to get the universal text copy and paste to work, and they said you need to have blue tooth enabled on both devices. If you haven't already tried this, give it a go. This worked for me.