Using the copy and paste options on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is as easy as using your computer. With their help, you can easily move texts, links, images, pictures and even videos. In this article, we will show you how to copy, cut and paste information using the context menu, gestures, and using the Smart Keyboard.
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Most Mac users are used to keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd + C and ⌘Cmd + Vwhich are responsible for copying and pasting in most programs. And for Windows, instead of ⌘Cmd just use Ctrl, but the essence remains the same. But how to perform a similar operation on the iPhone?
For most, this action seems too simple to think about its implementation. But at the same time, for new iPhone and iPad users who have not yet fully immersed themselves in the world of mobile culture, this information will be very useful.
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How to copy, cut and paste using the context menu on iPhone and iPad?
1. Open the application of interest from where you want to copy, for example Safari.
2. Make a long tap (press and hold) on the content (text, link, photo) that you want to copy to the clipboard. When copying text, use the selection “sliders” to increase or decrease the number of words copied. You can drag the pointers left and right, and up and down.
3. In text editors, for example, in Notes, you can also use sequences of presses to select (highlight) a word, sentence, paragraph, or all of the text on the screen:
- To select a word, double-tap it with one finger.
- When you select an offer, click on it three times.
- If you want to select a paragraph, then click on it four times.
- To select all text on a page, double-tap at the start and gesture with two fingers down the page.
4. After selecting the text (link, photo, etc.) that you want to copy, click “Copy” or “To cut”… The copied text will appear on the “clipboard” ready for pasting anywhere. “Clipboard” runs in the background and is invisible to users. Please note that only one item can be stored there. If you copy something else, the previous copy will be removed from the buffer.
Function “To cut” differs from “Copy” by removing the information from the original application. This can be done only in those applications where editing of materials or files is allowed.
5. Tap the location in the application or document where you want to paste the text. Now hold your finger in this place until the menu appears. Click on “Paste”to place the copied data here.
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How to copy and paste text using gestures
Apple introduced many new gestures in iOS 13. For example, you can now perform common operations such as copy and paste using quick three-finger motions. Depending on your preference, you can either click on Copy / Paste from the menu, as described above, or use these gestures. They are best done with your thumb and two other fingers. Select the text and then:
To cut: Pinch twice with three fingers.
Copy: Pinch three fingers together (imagine piling up words from the screen).
Paste: Spread three fingers apart (imagine putting something on the screen).
It should be noted that some iPhone users have mixed feelings about the use of these gestures. This may be due to old habits or short fingers that are inconvenient to actively use the iPhone screen. But it’s better to try the gestures yourself and decide how much they suit you specifically.
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How to copy URL links on iPhone or iPad
It’s safe to say that URLs (or hyperlinks) are exactly what we copy and paste the most. Fortunately, the process for working with them is similar to copying regular text.
Press and hold the link until a pop-up menu appears at the bottom of the screen. In it, click “Copy”…
You can paste the URL anywhere on your phone using the same steps as with plain text.
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How to copy URL in Safari
Press and hold your finger on the address bar. Then on the pop-up menu, click “Copy”… Safari will copy the URL to the clipboard.
To paste the copied link into the browser, simply press and hold your finger in the address bar. In the pop-up window, select “Insert and Go”, which will automatically insert and navigate to the link.
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How to copy a text message
Copying text messages in Messages or instant messengers like WhatsApp is usually required in order to forward them. Here’s how it works in Messages on your iPhone:
1. Press and hold the message you want to copy.
2. A pop-up menu appears with one of the copy options. Click on it and then paste the text anywhere.
Depending on the content of the message, another quick action menu appears on the screen, which you can touch and hold. IOS apps dynamically update their quick actions when new information arrives. There are three types of menus:
Default menu with option “Copy”that selects the entire message.
The preview is displayed along with the option “Copy link” in the quick action menu if the message contains a link.
The phone number in the message displays a quick action menu with one of the options “Copy”…
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How to copy and paste images on iPhone or iPad
You can also easily copy and paste images from one application to any other that supports this feature.
Press and hold on the image until a menu with the option appears below it. “Copy”…
Different applications may behave differently when doing this. For example, Twitter will let you save an image to Photos, but it won’t give you the option to copy it. In these cases, you can open the article or photo in Safari and then use the option “Copy”by pressing and holding the desired picture.
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How to copy and paste emoji on iPhone or iPad
Your iPhone or iPad has a dedicated emoji keyboard. But sometimes, you might want to shower someone with emoji. In this case, copying emojis and inserting them numerous times will save time.
Follow the same principle Select by Pressing → Copy → Pastedescribed by us in this guide.
And emojis are now almost everywhere. But what about special characters that are harder to find? Think of legal icons like copyright and trademark, foreign currency symbols, and even trendy Instagram fonts.
You can use a site like Cool Symbol to copy these symbols there, and then paste them into any application on your iPhone or iPad.
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Alternative to copy and paste: Share
Now you know how to copy and paste just about anything on your iPhone or iPad. But this is not always necessary. You can often save yourself the trouble of copy-pasting altogether, since the desired option implements the menu Share…
For example, you can share something from some social media application like Facebook or Twitter. The iOS exchange sheet lets you not only copy information, but also quickly share it through email, messages, and social media apps.
To share content, find the menu icon on the page Share and click it.
Choose a convenient method and send the data.
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The Universal Clipboard feature lets you copy and paste content on Apple devices as long as you’re signed in to all of them with the same Apple ID. This allows you, for example, to copy text or whatever on your iPhone and then paste it into a document on your Mac or iPad.
Follow these steps to make the universal buffer work on your Apple devices:
- Sign in with the same Apple ID.
- Turn on Wi-Fi for all devices.
- Turn on Bluetooth and keep the devices close to each other (no more than 10 meters).
- Turn on Handoff on all devices.
Universal Clipboard works with iOS 10, iPadOS 13, macOS 10.12 and later operating systems. It’s part of the Continuity features that make all Apple devices work together using iCloud.
We wrote in more detail about the operation and configuration of this function in this article.
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How to copy, cut and paste on iPad using Smart Keyboard
Users who have purchased a physical Smart Keyboard can use special shortcuts (hot keys) to quickly perform the actions in question. Use the following keyboard shortcuts:
- ⌘Cmd + X – to cut;
- ⌘Cmd + C – copy;
- ⌘Cmd + V – insert.
As you can see, the shortcuts are the same as those used by Mac users.