April 18, 2024

I’m at all times transferring bits of knowledge round on my iPhone — between paperwork and screens and apps — however I’m not at all times positive I’m doing it in one of the simplest ways, particularly since Apple has usually modified the best way that replicate and paste works by way of successive variations of iOS.

That’s why I needed to have a look at all of the completely different choices iOS presently provides you for copying and pasting textual content and pictures, with out the acquainted shortcuts you get on a pc keyboard. These choices are outlined beneath and can take you from primary copy and paste by way of to some extra superior tips.

A word: I’m scripting this information utilizing an iPhone 15 Professional Max operating iOS 17.2.1, the newest model of the software program on the time of writing.

Copy and paste textual content

Textual content alternatives will be refined with the handles at every finish.

Pasting textual content simply takes a few faucets.

To repeat and paste textual content, you first want to pick out it:

  • To pick out non-editable textual content (corresponding to textual content on a webpage), press and maintain on any a part of a phrase till it’s highlighted.
  • To pick out editable textual content (when the on-screen keyboard is exhibiting), double-tap on a phrase to pick out it, or triple-tap on a paragraph to pick out it.

Whichever methodology you employ, you possibly can preserve your finger pressed down after which transfer it to increase the choice. You’ll additionally see handles at every fringe of the choice, which you’ll faucet and drag to vary the place the choice begins and stops. (Notice: some apps deal with textual content choice otherwise, however the press and maintain motion will often work.)

When you’re accomplished, a pop-up bar will seem above your choice. What seems within the bar  can differ:

  • Relying on the app and the textual content, you may even see a Choose All choice listed. Faucet this to pick out all of the textual content on a web page or in a bit.
  • In case you see Lower and Copy choices, simply faucet both to carry out the motion. If Lower isn’t exhibiting, the textual content can’t be moved.
  • In case you want gestures, pinch closed with three fingers on the choice to repeat the textual content, or pinch closed with three fingers two occasions to chop it.

You’re then prepared to stick the textual content:

  • With the on-screen keyboard seen, faucet on the display the place you need the textual content inserted.
  • Choose Paste from the pop-up bar that seems.
  • It’s also possible to pinch open with three fingers to stick textual content.
  • In case you’re engaged on an editable doc and wish to transfer the textual content, you possibly can merely choose the textual content, faucet and maintain it, then drag it to a brand new location.

Copy and paste photographs

A faucet and maintain motion on photographs will often deliver up a replica choice.

In Images, it’s a must to undergo the Share menu to repeat a picture.

Copying and pasting photographs is a bit more easy. To pick out a picture in most  apps, together with Notes and Safari:

  • Press and maintain on the picture.
  • Faucet Lower or Copy on the pop-up bar that seems. (Lower will solely seem for those who’re working in an editable doc).

Apple Images doesn’t work in the identical manner. To repeat a picture utilizing that app:

  • Faucet the picture thumbnail to make it full display.
  • Then faucet the Share button (the sq. with the arrow, decrease left), and select Copy Photograph.

That sends the picture to the clipboard. To stick it some other place:

  • With the on-screen keyboard exhibiting, faucet the place you wish to paste the picture.
  • Faucet Paste on the pop-up bar.

If the app that you simply’re pasting the picture into helps picture resizing, you’ll see handles across the picture that you should use to vary its dimension. Notice which you can’t use the pinch gestures with photographs as you possibly can with textual content.

Extra choices

Typically the share choice works higher than copy and paste.

Sharing can work properly for getting textual content and pictures right into a message.

You’ll discover that if you spotlight textual content and pictures, there are a number of choices that seem on the pop-up bar. Essentially the most helpful one from a replica and paste perspective might be Share — faucet on this to ship the chosen textual content or picture straight to a different app in your iPhone.

Actually, in some conditions you may discover it simpler to share one thing moderately than copying and pasting it — the chosen textual content and picture will routinely be inserted within the app you select. The Copy choice additionally seems on the Share menu, for those who want it.

Then there’s the Common Clipboard function: When you have an iPad or Mac signed into the identical Apple ID with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, and the Handoff performance turned on, all these units will share a clipboard.

Meaning you possibly can copy one thing in your iPhone, then change to your Mac to stick it someplace, or vice versa. It’s necessary to concentrate on Common Clipboard, even for those who don’t wish to use it — in any other case, you may end up copying and pasting content material between units if you don’t actually wish to.