How to copy and paste on your iPad or iPhone, and from one device to the other


The ability to copy and paste text and images is such a fundamental feature of modern computing that it’s inconceivable that you wouldn’t be able to do it on the iPhone or the iPad.

But here’s a fun fact: Did you know that it took Apple two years to include it?

But ever since iOS 3, we’ve had the ability to copy text in one place and paste it in another.

And even better, you can now even copy text on your iPhone and instantly be able to paste it on your iPad (and vice-versa).

How to copy and paste text and images on your iPhone or iPad

1. Find the content that you want to copy.

2. Tap and hold on the first word for about two seconds. When you lift your finger, you should see the word is highlighted, with “drag bars” – two blue dots – on either side.

You can fine-tune what text to copy using the drag bars. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

3. Tap and drag the drag bars until you’ve selected the text you want to copy. You can include only text, or text and images in your selection.

4. In the black pop-up menu,