Use Common Clipboard to Copy and Paste From iPhone to Mac

Find out how you can use the universal clipboard to work even more seamlessly between your iPhone and Mac.

MacBooks have always been a popular option for many people who care about productivity. If you're a Mac user, you can get the most out of your Mac's productivity features when you work in the Apple ecosystem – that is, when you own other Apple devices like an iPhone or iPad.

With Apple's continuity capabilities, you can move from one device to another within the ecosystem without disrupting your workflow. One such feature is the universal clipboard.

What is the universal clipboard?

The universal clipboard lets you copy and paste content from one Apple device to another, and work with anything from simple text to videos and pictures.

This can be useful when you are working on a presentation on your Mac and you need to transfer multiple pictures from your iPhone. Instead of using AirDrop, copy and paste your pictures directly.

The universal clipboard can also help you view information side by side – it saves you having to move windows or tabs on your Mac!

Related: Switch seamlessly between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac with Handoff

How to set up the universal clipboard

To set up the universal clipboard, you must first ensure that your devices meet the continuity system requirements. That is, both devices should:

  • Be close to each other

  • Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID

  • Activate Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Handoff

To enable Handoff on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod:

  1. Go to the settings > General > AirPlay & handover.

  2. Switch Hand off.

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To enable Handoff on your Mac:

  1. Press the Apple logo far left in the menu bar.

  2. Go to System settings > General, then choose Allow handover between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

How to use the universal clipboard

Once activated, any content you copy from one device will be saved to the other device's clipboard. This way, you can easily paste content on another device.

So all you have to do is copy and paste on your iPhone as you normally would on your Mac. Or the other way around. It is really that easy.

If you have another Mac, you can use this file copy and paste feature, similar to AirDrop, only it's even easier.

Related: How to Turn on AirDrop on Your Mac and iPhone to Share Files

Seamless productivity

Let's be honest; Sometimes we need more than one device to work and be productive.

With the universal clipboard, you can have your productivity flow seamlessly and effortlessly across all devices.

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Learn how to copy and paste on a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or other make of Mac, as well as tips for managing your clipboard like a pro.

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Rachel Melegrito
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Rachel Melegrito gave up her college teaching career to become a full-fledged content writer. She loves everything from Apple – from iPhones to Apple Watches to MacBooks. She is also a licensed occupational therapist and budding SEO strategist.

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