I used to use the universal clipboard on my Apple device without any problems. But suddenly, the universal clipboard stopped working between Mac and iPhone. As a result, nothing could be copied and pasted between devices. Thankfully, after trying the following fixes, I was able to overcome the problem.
If the universal clipboard doesn’t work, check them out.
- 1 Requirements for using the universal clipboard on Mac and iPhone
- 2 8 universal clipboard fixes that don’t work on Mac and iPhone
Requirements for using the universal clipboard on Mac and iPhone
- Make sure you have a device running iPadOS, iOS 10, and macOS Sierra or later.
See the list below.
iPhone and iPad
- iPhone 5 or later
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad (4th generation) or later
- iPad Air or later
- iPad mini 2 or later
- iPod touch (6th generation) or later
- MacBook (2015 or later)
- MacBook Pro (2012 or later)
- MacBook Air (2012 or later)
- Mac mini (2012 or later)
- iMac (2012 or later)
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro (2013 or later)
- The device must be within Bluetooth range.
- You must use the same Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Make sure W-Fi, Bluetooth, and handoff are enabled on all your devices.
If you’re sure you meet all the requirements, but the universal clipboard doesn’t work, read on.
8 universal clipboard fixes that don’t work on Mac and iPhone
1. Turn off / on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
This is one of the quickest fixes to resolve this issue. On the iPhone Setting Turn off one by one with the app Wifi And Bluetooth.. After 30 seconds, re-enable.
Do the same for Mac. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons can be found in the top menu bar, macOS Control Center since macOS Big Sur, and System Preferences.
Then enable Bluetooth sharing on your Mac and see if you’re lucky.
- click Apple logo It is on the upper left.
- select System Preferences..
- click share..
- Select the check box Bluetooth sharing..
2. Reboot the device
Rebooting the device is a great and easy way to ensure that these issues are fixed. Use the physical switch to restart your iPhone.You can also go to Setting → General → shut down.. After 1 minute, turn on the power.
For Mac Apple logo Select in the upper left Reboot..
3. Disable and enable handoff
For iPhone or iPad:
- Open Setting Tap General..
- Tap AirPlay and handoff..
- Erase hand off..
- After 30 seconds, power cycle.
- Open System Preferences Click General..
- From the bottom, clear the check box Allow handoff between this Mac and iCloud device Disable it.
- After 30 seconds reconfirmation The same box to enable it.
4. Sign out of iCloud and sign in again
For iPhone or iPad:
- Open Setting Tap your name At the top.
- Scroll to the bottom and tap Sign out..
- Enter your Apple ID password, Erase..
You can keep a copy of your calendar, contacts, health status, and keychain. please do not worry! If you sign in to your Apple ID again, they will be synced again.
- Finally, tap Sign out..
- Reboot iPhone or iPad.
- Move to Setting Tap Sign in At the top.
Enter your Apple ID credentials to sign in.
- Open System Preferences Click Apple ID..
- click Overview Overview Overview → Sign out..
- Restart your Mac.
- Follow the same steps to sign in again.
5. Reset the Bluetooth settings
- When using the Finder option Press and click go Located in the top menu bar.
- click library..
- Scroll down and click Environmental setting..
- Enter a word in the search box on the top right Bluetooth..click Environmental setting..
You will see some files.
- Press to select all such files Command + A Move them to the trash.
- Empty the trash Reboot Your Mac.
When you’re done, try using the universal clipboard. It should work.
6. Reset iPhone network settings
Resetting your iPhone’s network settings will not delete your personal data such as apps, app data, music, photos and videos. However, all customized or added settings such as notifications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, VPN will be removed. It will return to the default state.
- Open iPhone Setting Tap General..
- Tap reset..
- Tap Reset network settings I will continue.
When you’re done, try using the universal clipboard again.
7. Reset your Mac clipboard
First, here’s how to display the clipboard on your Mac: Click when using the Finder. Edit In the menu bar at the top, Show clipboard..
The following describes how to use the terminal to reset your Mac clipboard.
- Open Terminal On Mac.
Use the application folder, Launchpad, or type: Terminal In Spotlight (press to access Command + space bar).
- Copy this command and paste it into your terminal.
pbcopy < /dev/null
- Press Enter to clear the Mac clipboard.
The universal clipboard should now work fine.
8. Update Mac and iPhone
Finally, if nothing helps, update your device.
- To update your iPhone Setting → General → Software update..
- To update your Mac System Preferences → Software update..
This is a way to fix a universal clipboard that doesn’t work between Apple devices. We hope you find this guide useful. If you need further assistance, please contact Apple Support or contact me in the comments section below.