Updated December 1, 2023

Did you know you can copy on your iPhone and paste on your Mac?

This feature can be so time-saving and convenient, you must give it a try!

First you need to set up Universal Clipboard:

It only works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:

  • Your devices are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
  • Your devices have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on.
  • Your devices have Handoff turned on:
    • Mac: Choose Apple menu on the top left corner of your display > System Preferences, then click General. Select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”
    • iPhone and iPad: Go to Settings > General > Handoff, then turn on Handoff.

How to copy on iPhone and paste on Mac:

    1. On your iPhone, copy the text, image, or other content the same way you usually copy on iPhone.
    2. The content is automatically added to the clipboard of your Mac. It remains there briefly, or until you replace it by copying something else on either the iPhone or the Mac.
    3. On the Mac, paste the content with command + V on your keyboard.

Voila! You can now copy from your iPhone and paste on your Mac!

We’ve trained thousands of individuals and companies to make the most out of their Apple devices and of themselves, check out our Apple Training page to see what we offer.

By the way, it works the other way too, give it a try and let us know how you did in the comments below!

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  1. Yvette Styner 4 July 2019 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Totally worked, love it! Thank you 🙂

  2. Liz 28 December 2023 at 8:51 am - Reply

    It doesn’t work can you please help me out? I followed the instructions but nothing happened.

    • Aurelien 11 January 2024 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Hi Liz,

      Thank you for your question.
      If our step-by-step instructions don’t work for you, you might be experiencing a different issue and perhaps it would be great to contact Apple Care directly.

      Thank you,

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