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Copy & paste between Mac and iPhone: This is how you activate Apple's universal clipboard

Apple iCloud universal clipboard. (Image. Apple)

Did you know that it is possible to transfer clipboard contents between iPhones and Macs or iPads in no time at all? All you have to do is activate the corresponding system function.

Admittedly, Apple’s Handoff’s universal clipboard has not just been part of Apple’s ecosystem since yesterday. But it is so practical that we want to introduce it to you briefly and explain how to activate it.

How to activate the general clipboard on macOS and iOS

Die-hard Mac users have certainly known the universal clipboard since the announcement of macOS Sierra. Because in the course of this, Apple brought its desktop and iPhone operating systems closer to one another with the help of iCloud. If your iPhone or iPad also runs on at least iOS 10 – this should actually apply to every iDevice that is now actively used – you can use the cloud-based clipboard to move text, images, URL or other content between the devices. It is important that the devices used are used with the same iCloud account.

Under macOS (from Sierra) you will find the handoff option is well hidden in the settings. (Screenshot: t3n)

To activate the universal clipboard on the Mac , opens in the system settings General and select the menu item listed at the bottom Allow handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices out.

Under iOS (from version 10) the handoff option for universal storage is anchored a little deeper in the menu. (Screenshot: t3n)

On iOS or iPadOS devices you will find the corresponding setting under General > Airplay & Handoff .

Once these settings have been made and Bluetooth and WLAN are activated, you can get started.

These Macs, iPhones and iPads support the universal clipboard

According to Apple, the following devices support the universal clipboard. Most of the devices currently in use should be on board.

  • iPhone 5 or newer
  • iPad Pro ( all types)
  • iPad (4th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • iPod touch (6th generation) or newer
  • Macbook from 2015 or newer
  • Macbook Pro from 2012 or newer
  • Macbook Air from 2012 or newer
  • Mac mini from 2012 or newer
  • iMac from 2012 or newer
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro from 2013 or newer

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