If Universal Clipboard Is Not Working

Apple device users have been able to easily copy web pages or emails from Mac to iPhone/iPad and vice versa for several years already. Appearing in the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, the Universal Clipboard function gives an opportunity to transfer photos and text from one gadget to another one with ease.

But in spite of all the advantages of this function, some users are faced with the fact that Universal Clipboard is not functioning. Well, if you have questions concerning its operation, and wonder what pitfalls can be when installing and using it, we’ll figure it out together.

Universal Clipboard: operation principle

Operating principle of this sensational service is quite simple: you need to install the app on devices with iOS and OS X and then connect them to a single Wi-Fi network. The data is transmitted through the encrypted protocol only by the local network, so it is not worth worrying about the leakage of information.

The application interface is minimal: you can understand all the buttons and menus in just a couple of minutes. After copying the data, you just need to open the program on iOS and press on the icon of the connected gadget, and on the Apple computer open the window in the status bar. If you catch the trick, then the whole procedure will take no more than 10-15 seconds. Convenient, isn’t it?

On what devices it works

A set of i-devices that officially support the Universal Clipboard includes:

Apple computers and laptops:

  • iMac (end of 2009 and later);
  • MacBook (end of 2009 and later);
  • MacBook Pro (end of 2010 and later);
  • MacBook Air (mid 2011 and later);
  • Mac mini (mid 2011 and later);
  • Mac Pro (mid 2010 and later).

Devices running on iOS:

  • iPhone 5 and later;
  • iPad Pro (all versions);
  • iPad Air, 4gen;
  • iPad mini 2 and later;
  • iPod Touch

All of the above gadgets should work without problems in a single bundle. If the clipboard does not work, try to quit iCloud accounts on all Apple devices, and then perform the authorization again.

Universal Clipboard not functioning: The solution

For some reason, rather technical, the Universal Clipboard function crashes. You have logged into iCloud on the Mac computer and iOS device with the same account; make certain that both the Mac and the iOS devices have Bluetooth enabled; and that the Mac and iOS have also Wi-Fi enabled. But the function still not working? Try to:

Configure Universal Clipboard

The function works correctly when the devices are in direct proximity to each other and configured according to the tips below:

  • The user entered iCloud from each device under the same Apple ID.
  • Both devices must have Bluetooth enabled.
  • Both devices have Wi-Fi enabled.
  • The Handoff function is enabled on each of the gadgets.

To do this:

  • On the Apple computer, go to the key menu, then System Preferences, here click General. Select the option Enable handoff between this Mac computer and your iCloud devices.
  • On the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch enter Settings, then select Basic, then Handoff. Activate it.

Please note: you can use the Universal Clipboard service on any Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch that meets the requirements of the Continuity system.