Use Universal Clipboard Features to Copy-Paste Images and Text Between Mac and iPhone

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Use Universal Clipboard Features to Copy-Paste Images and Text Between Mac and iPhone
In the WWDC 2016 event held last September, Apple introduced a Universal Clipboard feature. With this feature, Apple device users get the ability to copy, main text and images, that are on an Apple device and then move them to the same device.


It is said that the feature works well on MacOS and iOS device platforms. If you have more than one Apple device, then a feature like Universal Clipboard will be very useful especially if you keep changing from one Apple device to another. Interested to use it? Here's a list of Apple devices that support Universal Clipboard:

  • Mac Pro (final output 2013)
  • iMac (2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (2012 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or later)
  • MacBook (early 2015 or later)
  • iPod touch (6th generation or later)
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad Pro
  • iPhone 5 or later

If you have one or more of the two devices mentioned above, you need to know that the Universal Clipboard feature works only on iOS 10 and Sierra macOS. So you need to make sure that the device has got the update of the operating system.

Universal Clipboard display illustration

If you have done the renewal, you live to operate Universal Clipboard as needed. And here's how to operate those features on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone:

  • Log into one iCloud account that you use for all Apple owned devices.
  • On iOS, point the destination to Settings >> iCloud to check your iCloud account.
  • In macOS, go to System Preferences >> iCloud and check if it matches what you see in step two.
  • Turn on the Bluetooth feature on all your devices.
  • On iOS, point the destination to Settings >> Bluetooth to turn it on.
  • On macOS, go to System Preferences >> Bluetooth to turn on Bluetooth.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi feature on all the devices you have.
  • On iOS, point the destination to Settings >> Wi-Fi.
  • On macOS, point the destination to the Wi-Fi icon in the top bar.

By doing all the steps above, the universal copy-paste feature is ready to help you copy-paste files between Apple devices. Now you can copy anything from iOS-based devices, and then move them into your Mac. No buttons need to be turned on for this feature to work. The feature should work in a simple way. The feature allows users to copy images and text between Mac and iPhone devices. However, the supported text formats are not always the same, because it depends on how you use the existing app.

Universal ClipboardPlease notes that each macOS and iOS-based device does not need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. The Universal Clipboard feature works well even though Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on each device need not be close together. Both need only be turned on. Apple does not tell you how close the two devices need to be.

But we've tried to activate the feature with a MacBook Air and iPhone. As a result, features like the Universal Clipboard can work very well. We sent many photo and text files between the two devices, and no big deal. The feature is very helpful to move the important files we need.

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