Hi this is Gary with MacMost.com. Let me show
you how you can easily copy and paste between all of your Apple devices..
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There you can read more about it. Join us and get exclusive content. So a great feature of all your Apple devices
is their ability to copy and paste between them. In other words you can Copy something
on one device, like your iPad, and then Paste it on your Mac. You don’t have to do any additional
steps for that. You copy on one device and paste on the other. This is all part of the
continuity set of features and actually part of something called Handoff. Handoff is also
the feature that allows you do things like start writing an email or a document on one
device and then just pick it up on another. You can do this with just about anything you
can copy like text, images, files. Let me show you. Let’s look at one of those basic examples.
Here I am on my iPad and I’ve selected some text on a webpage. I’m going to tap it and
Copy. Then here I am on my Mac and you could see there’s even a message coming up saying
that something was being copied on the iPad there. Now I’m going to go here and Paste.
So I’m going to do Command V or I can do Edit, Paste. You can see it pastes the exact text
that I copied from my iPad. So that’s the simplest case. Just copy some text on your
iPad or your iPhone and then you can paste it here on your Mac. You can, of course, do the opposite. I can
select some text here. I’m going to do it in Pages. I can do it in any app where I can
copy text. I’m going to Command C or copy that test. Then here on the iPad I’m going
to paste that in. I’m going to paste it into the Search field here. So I’ll use the Paste
command and you can see it pastes that text right in there. But you can go way beyond text. Pretty much
anything that you can copy to the Clipboard will work. So let’s go and copy an image.
I’m going to copy this image that’s here and then here on my Mac I can paste that in. So
Command V just does the paste. I could have copied it from my Photos app. I could have
copied it from an image editing app. Here I just copied it in Safari and then I was
able to paste the image. So it works for text, it works for images, it works for just about
anything you can put into the copy buffer. It can even work for files. As you probably
already know you can Copy and Paste files in the Finder on the Mac. But you can also
Copy and Paste files between your devices. So, here I am in a folder on my local drive.
I’ve got a file here. I can copy that file and then I can go over to my iPad. In the
files app I’m looking at the local on my iPad area there in the files app. So not in iCloud.
I just tap in the middle of the screen and you can see I’ve got Paste and I can paste
there. There, the file is pasted. So this gives you a way to quickly transfer files.
And this isn’t a small file. This is a 31 MB file here and I was able to put it onto
my iPad or iPhone pretty easily using this. This works on the iPhone just as easily with
text and with images. Here with a file, again, I’m going to Copy and again here on my iPhone,
in the files app in a local folder not using iCloud drive, I’m going to simply Paste and
it will paste the file in there. So here’s also the same thing between two
Macs. I’ve got my MacPro on my desktop and my MacBook Pro here. I can copy this file
here, Command C, and over here on my MacBook Pro I can Paste and it will paste that file.
It works, of course, with images, with text, with anything in the Clipboard as well. To get this working you’ve got to make sure
that you have a few things turned on. First of all you want to make sure that you’ve got
Bluetooth turned on. You want to make sure you have WiFi turned on as well. You want
to make sure you have this feature turned on which is under General in System Preferences.
It’s called Handoff. Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices. On your
iPhone or iPad the settings for this are under General, then you’ll see AirPlay & Handoff.
Make sure Handoff is turned on. Of course also check for Bluetooth and check for WiFi. Then, it goes without saying, that you have
to be signed in with the same iCloud account on all these devices. That’s the key that
links all these together is being signed in with your Apple ID and your iCloud account. Even if you have all of these things setup
correctly some people report that they still have trouble using this or it only works from
one device to another and not the opposite way. I’ve even run into situations where is
just seems to stop working. What works for me to get it working again is to simply turn
Handoff Off and then turn it back on again. Try that on each device. So it’s a quick switch
on and off. Other people say that they’ve had to restart their machine entirely to get
it going. Other people that say they can’t get it working at all. It goes without saying
that you need to have a fairly recent Mac. So if your Mac is eight years old or your
iPad is seven years old and using an old version of iOS it’s probably not going to work. As I showed you here it’s super handy for
transferring files. It’s easier to use this than it actually is to use AirDrop for transferring
files. So I hope you get some use out of kit. Thanks for watching!