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How to Access Clipboard on iPhone: A Guide for Everyone

"Never struggle to access your clipboard content again with this handy guide! Learn how to easily access the clipboard on an iPhone by following these simple steps."

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Published Jul 23, 2022

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 5 minutes

What you'll need: iPhone

  • How do I access the clipboard on my iPhone?
  • Learning how to access the clipboard on iPhone can make copying and pasting text between apps easier and more efficient.
  • In this article, you'll learn how to easily access and use the clipboard on your iPhone.

Are you wondering how to access the clipboard on your iPhone? The clipboard is a great tool for quickly copying and pasting text or images between different apps, reducing the need for manual entry or transfer. Unfortunately, there is no dedicated ‘Clipboard’ app on an iPhone, but accessing the Clipboard is still easy. In this guide, we will show you a few different ways to access the clipboard on an iPhone so you can make the most out of it!

how to access clipboard on iphone

The Clipboard on an iPhone can be accessed by holding down the display until the “Paste” and “Copy” commands appear. From there, users can paste data from their clipboard into any text field that supports pasting, or copy items from inside apps to store them in their clipboard for later use.

  1. Unlock your iPhone by pressing the home button
  2. Tap and hold on the text field you want to paste the clipboard into
  3. Select Paste from the popup menu that appears.
Our takeaway

Congratulations! You've completed this guide and now you know how to access the clipboard on your iPhone. With the help of keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly copy, paste, and save text without having to navigate through menus or apps. Now that you understand the basics of how to use the clipboard on your iPhone, let’s have some fun! Test out all of the tips you learned in this article and tweak them for more creative uses like saving funny memes or copying a phrase from a song to share with friends. There are so many possibilities when it comes to using your iPhone's clipboard - enjoy!


1. What versions of iOS allow for the access to clipboard on iPhone?

Access to the clipboard is available with any version of iOS starting from iOS 14 and above.

How does one copy text from their clipboard onto an iPhone?

To copy text to the clipboard on an iPhone, you can open a text editor such as Notes or Pages, select the text that you want to copy, and then tap the “Copy” option in the app's menu. Alternatively, if you're using Safari browser, you can simply press and hold on a link or phrase and select "Copy". Once the content is copied to the clipboard, it can be pasted into another app or document by pressing and holding your finger down anywhere inside the target field until a popup menu appears with the paste option.

Are there any third-party applications that allow for the use of a clipboard on an iPhone?

Yes, there are several third-party applications that allow users to access the clipboard and store multiple pieces of information. Examples include Clipboard Pro, CopyClip, Clips, and AirClip.

Can I store multiple copies of information in my clipboard?

Yes, you can store multiple copies of information in your clipboard. On iOS 14 and later, users can access the built-in Clipboard Manager which enables them to view, cut/copy and paste items from the clipboard on their iPhone. This feature allows for storage for up to 50 items that were previously copied.

Is there a way to view what is currently stored in my iPhone clipboard contents?

Yes, starting with iOS 13 and later, the ‘Shortcuts’ application will allow users to view their clipboard history. Users can open the Shortcuts app and select My Shortcuts > Clipboard to view their past clipboard content.

This article was originally published on 23 Jul 2022 but has been regularly updated to keep the information current.
Kyle Crisp
Kyle has been using Apple products for over 25 years. He loves helping people learn how to use their Apple devices.
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