How to fix Universal Clipboard not working between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Universal Clipboard on Mac and iPhone

Universal Clipboard lets you copy text, images, and videos from one Apple device and paste it onto another, as long as you're logged into both. For example, you can copy a text paragraph on your Mac and paste it on your iPhone. In theory, it sounds wonderful, and when it works, it does feel magical. But in case Universal Clipboard is not working for you between your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac, this guide will help troubleshoot the problem.

How to save and access your clipboard on iPhone

How to access clipboard on iPhone

When you copy something on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it's saved to the clipboard, ready to be pasted anywhere. However, your previous clipboard is overwritten and lost forever if you copy something else!

To address this issue on my Mac, I use an app called CopyClip, which keeps a list of my 25 most recent clipboards. I can copy any of my past clipboards straight from the menu bar. I wanted to achieve the same goal on the iPhone of having my recent clipboards saved and accessible whenever I wanted.

Due to iOS restrictions, the process isn't as effortless as Mac, but possible nonetheless. This tutorial shows you how to save multiple clipboards on iPhone and access them whenever required.

Jailbreakers can enhance their access to iOS’ clipboard history with Copypasta

One of the more popular jailbreak tweak categories we’ve witnessed over the past couple of years would be those that create clipboard managers for the iPhone and iPad platforms. As it would seem, Apple’s simple cut/copy and paste solution isn’t suitable enough for serious multitaskers who cut or copy several things at a time before pasting them into another interface.

Of all the recent clipboard manager tweak releases that I remember, Copypasta by iOS developer Nepeta left an impression on me because of its ease of usability, aesthetically pleasing interface, and lack of a price tag. The tweak was originally designed for jailbroken iOS 11 and 12 devices, but it never received an update for iOS 13; that is, until now.

ConfirmPasteboard enhances pasteboard privacy on jailbroken iPhones & iPads

Privacy is a growing concern these days as seemingly more and more apps try to harvest our personal data for the sake of monetary gain. What we learn from this is actually quite simple: people generally don’t like being tracked and prefer to enjoy their right to privacy.

Smartphone-centric privacy breaches happen a number of different ways, including location tracking, camera or microphone spying, and/or Photo Library snooping. But the pasteboard, which may sometimes store sensitive information if you do any copying and pasting on your iPhone or iPad, is another thing that often slips under the radar.

Wasabi brings a supercharged clipboard manager to jailbroken iPhones

In a world where multitasking becomes more and more important to the average iPhone and iPad user, the clipboard experience on both the iOS and iPadOS platforms leaves a lot to be desired out of the box. Unfortunately, this doesn’t look like an area that Apple aims to improve any time soon.

The bright side of this particular scenario is that a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed Wasabi by iOS developer Nepeta provides jailbreakers with the clipboard experience that all iPhone and iPad users deserve.

Control iOS clipboard access on a per-app basis with NoClipboardForYou

I have a hard time trusting apps with my privacy as it is, but my worries run deeper when they’re realized by app makers that seemingly have zero interest in conserving user privacy, but rather harvesting user data for the sake of profit or surveillance.

Examples that struck irritating chords with me included learning that popular apps like LinkedIn and TikTok snooped on users’ clipboards without their permission. Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 update makes users more aware of app-centric clipboard access, but if you don’t plan to update because you’re jailbroken, then you can use a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called NoClipboardForYou by iOS developer shiftcmdk instead.

How to copy your favorite website URLs in Safari for iPhone to the clipboard

So you've spent countless hours organizing a bunch of websites you frequent the most in Safari and saving them as your Favorites collection to revisit later, or putting them in custom bookmark folders like "Work", "Games" or some such, only to realize that you cannot easily export their underlying URLs to share with others. Thankfully, Safari for iPhone and iPad provides a not-so-obvious option that lets you do just that. In this step-by-step tutorial, we're going to show you how to copy your favorite website URLs in Safari for iPhone and iPad.

Pasithea 2 clipboard manager for jailbroken devices gets powerful new features & support for iOS 14

One of the weakest links in iOS’ native multitasking capabilities is the clipboard management system, and perhaps unsurprisingly, there’ve been a lot of jailbreak tweaks released in recent memory to address this problem, such as CopyLog and Copypasta to name a few.

As for those who favor the classics over newer and more lightweight releases, Pasithea 2 by iOS developer Cannathea can provide a more full-fledged clipboard-access experience, and with native keyboard integration at that.

Improve your iPhone’s clipboard management capabilities with Copypasta

It’s no secret that iOS’ native clipboard leaves a lot to be desired, and that should underscore why there’s been such an uptick in the number of clipboard manager-centric apps and jailbreak tweaks for iOS as of late.

Although we’ve come to appreciate much of what’s available already, we’re also excited to discuss a new free release called Copypasta by iOS developer Nepeta. Its ultra-clean interface paired with the lack of a price tag make it a compelling option for many.

The best free clipboard managers for iPhone

Best Clipboard Managers iPhone

Clipboards are valuable tools for writers, programmers, students, and so many others. Copying references, code, links, text, and similar items and keeping them for later saves us time because we can grab what we want as soon as we see it.

The Universal Clipboard on iOS and Mac is great and lets you copy and paste across devices. The problem is that you only have the last copied item handy. What if you want to save more than that?

This is where clipboard manager apps for iPhone come in to help. You can save and manage all of your clippings quickly and easily. These are the best free clipboard managers for your devices and they each work with the Universal Clipboard as well for an awesome bonus.