Apple’s ecosystem makes it easy to work on your smartphone, then switch to another device, like your tablet, and pick up where you left off. Whether you’re browsing the internet, making an online payment, drawing a picture, or texting your friends, you can use a feature known as Continuity, which seamlessly connects all of your Apple devices.
One of Continuity’s best tools is the Universal Clipboard. With Universal Clipboard, you can copy a photo, video, or link to your iPhone, then jump to your iPad or MacBook and paste it without any hassle. If you already know the tool, you know how useful it is. But we can also tell you about a hidden gesture that makes Universal Clipboard much easier to use.
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Are your devices compatible with Continuity?
For Continuity to work on your Apple products, each device must meet the following requirements:
- Logged in to the same iCloud account
- Connected to the same Wi-Fi network
- Bluetooth and Handoff must be enabled
Also, although the universal clipboard feature works on most Apple devices, for this guide I will only focus on touchscreen devices, which use pinch gestures with Continuity, so it would only be for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models running at least iOS ten.
Use pinch gestures to easily copy and paste between your iPhone and iPad
There are several ways to copy and paste with the universal clipboard feature, but the fastest way to do it is to use pinch gestures:
- Copy: Pinch with three fingers
- Dough: Pinch with three fingers
The best way to use this feature is by using photos and videos in the Photos app. Let’s say you want to copy and paste a photo from your iPhone to your iPad. All you have to do is open the Photos app on your iPhone, find the photo you want to migrate, then pinch it with three fingers to copy it to your clipboard. To then move the photo to your other device, open iPad, go to an app like Notes or Messages, and pinch with three fingers to paste the photo. Below you can see the feature in action.
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You can do the same with links and text, but they both need to be highlighted before using pinch gestures to copy them to your clipboard and move them to another device.