What if you want copy some documents from your Macbook to your Iphone or Ipad? Is it possible? And the answer is yes.Apple has incorporated a feature called Universal Clipboard into macOS and iOS that makes it easy to copy and paste content between your Mac and iPhone/iPad as you use both different programs on the same device.
The Universal Clipboard is a part of the Continuity feature, which allows users to easily transfer text, images, and more between devices in the MacOS and iOS ecosystems with simple copy and paste commands. While Handoff - another part of the Continuity - allows for the transfer of application data between devices so that users can continue working when switching devices without fear of interruption, the Universal Clipboard is simpler.
It only allows transferring the content that is selected by the user, and can be included in a completely different application on the transferred device. The following tutorial from AppleInsider will help you to activate and use the Universal Clipboard very easily.
Basic requirements Activating the Universal Clipboard is similar to Handoff. For macOS: You can only use this feature on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac back in 2012, the MacBook Early 2015 or later, and Mac Pro from Late 2013 onwards.
Universal Clipboard requires MacOS Sierra OS and above, and to be able to transfer files between Macs with this feature, you must upgrade to the MacOS High Sierra. For iOS: Universal Clipboard can be used on iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPod touch gen-6 and later, along with iPad Pro, all must run iOS 10 or above.
1. Install on Mac:
- Firstly, you need to log into iCloud using the same Apple ID as the device you want to use the Universal Clipboard. On the Mac, click the apple logo on the menu bar, and select System Preferences> iCloud.
If you are not logged in, enter your Apple ID and password here, then press Sign In. If you're signed in but not the one you want to use on any device, hit Sign Out and sign in to another account.
- Next, turn on Wi-Fi on your Mac, even if you're on a wired network. Note that you do not have to connect to a Wi-Fi network at all, just turn it on.
- You also need to turn on Bluetooth to use the Universal Clipboard. And just like Wi-Fi, you do not need Bluetooth connectivity with any device, just turn it on.
- Finally, go back to System Preferences again, select General> select "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices".
2. Install on iPhone / iPad For iPhone / iPad:
We'll do the same thing, all in the Settings app.
- To check your iCloud account, select the account name at the top of the Settings app. If you are not signed in, you choose Sign in to your iPhone or iPad and enter the Apple ID with the same password. If you are logged in but not the same as your Mac, select Sign Out at the bottom of the Apple ID page and log back in.
If you use iOS 10.2 and earlier, you need to go to iCloud Settings in the Settings application before doing the above.
- Next, turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi then you should connect at this step offline.
- Finally, go to General> Handoff and turn it on.
3. Use the Universal Clipboard:
The use of Universal Clipboard is almost the same as copying text or images from one application to another, but the entire process is split into two parts, each of which is done on different devices.
- To copy on a Mac, select the text, image, video, or content you want to transfer. Then press Command-C or right-click> Copy, or select Edit on the menu bar> Copy.
- To copy on your iPhone / iPad, highlight or select the content you want to copy, then click on the screen a few seconds for the menu to appear and choose Copy, or use any copy command provided by the application.
- Once copied, the content is automatically transferred to the clipboard of nearby devices (logged into the same iCloud account) and will be stored for a short time, or until replaced. By another content when you use the copy command on one of those devices.
- To paste in iOS: Hold down on the screen until the menu appears> select Paste. Or use the Paste command provided by the application.
- To paste on a Mac: select the area you want to paste and press Command-V, or right-click> Paste, or select Edit from the menu bar> Paste.