It’s easy to copy from one device and paste to another. This tutorial shows you how to use the Universal Clipboard to copy and paste across iOS and Mac.
Apple has a wonderful feature that allows you to copy from one device and paste to another. This is called the Universal Clipboard. You may have heard of it and don’t take advantage of it or this may be completely new to you.
Why is this handy? There are numerous ways that the Universal Clipboard can be of use.
Maybe you’re doing research on your iPhone and find information you need to have for a document on your Mac. Maybe you snap a screenshot of something on your Mac that you want to mark up on your iPad. Maybe it’s as simple as a link you want to copy from Chrome on your iPhone over to Safari on your iPad.
Whatever the reason, using the Universal Clipboard is convenient. Here’s how to set it up and use it to copy and paste across iPhone, iPad, and Mac.... Read the rest of this post here
If you take a screenshot on your Mac that you want to paste into an app on your iPhone, the process is easy and this tutorial shows you how.
If you take screenshots on your Mac, you may want to have access to them on your iPhone. You might be troubleshooting a problem, need the screenshot as a reference, or just want to share it with someone.
Using the Universal Clipboard, you can easily pop the shots from your Mac into an app on your iPhone like Notes, Mail, or a social media app. Here’s how to paste Mac screenshots into iPhone apps.... Read the rest of this post here
The inexplicable lack of the Copy Image action in Chrome for iOS’s contextual menu has been addressed at long last. Now you can easily copy any selected website image to the system clipboard on your iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft has finally improved the Windows clipboard. It’s always been very basic, storing only the most recent item you copied. And the copied item was only available on the current PC. Now, in Windows 10 1809, the clipboard can save more than one item and you can paste anything stored in the clipboard, even if it’s not the most recent item. In this article, we’ll show you how to use and manage the newly improved clipboard experience in Windows 10. Enable the Windows 10 Clipboard History The clipboard history is not enabled by default. To turn it on, go to…
Microsoft has finally improved the Windows clipboard. It’s always been very basic, storing only the most recent item you copied. And the copied item was only available on the current PC.
Now, in Windows 10 1809, the clipboard can save more than one item and you can paste anything stored in the clipboard, even if it’s not the most recent item. In this article, we’ll show you how to use and manage the newly improved clipboard experience in Windows 10.
Enable the Windows 10 Clipboard History
The clipboard history is not enabled by default.
To turn it on, go to Start menu > Settings > System. Click Clipboard on the left, then click the slider button under Clipboard history on the right so it turns blue and reads On.
You can also enable the clipboard history directly on the clipboard.
Press Windows key + V to access the clipboard. Then, click Turn on.
Access Your Clipboard History
Once you enable clipboard history, Windows stores every item you copy in the clipboard history.
The clipboard still works using Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste. But in the new clipboard, Ctrl + C does not replace the last copied item. It adds to the stored items in the clipboard. And Ctrl + V pastes the most recently copied item.
To access your clipboard history, press Windows key + V. If a program that you can paste an item into is active, like Notepad or Word, the clipboard displays right below the cursor.
Scroll through the clipboard and click an item to paste it at the cursor.
When you restart your PC, items stored in the clipboard are automatically deleted. But you can force items to stay in the clipboard by pinning them.
Press Windows key + V to open the clipboard history. Find the item you want to keep and click the thumbtack icon on that item. The thumbtack icon appears at an angle when an item is pinned and flat when it’s not pinned. Click the thumbtack icon again to unpin the item.
To delete a pinned item, click the X in the upper-right corner on the item. You do not have to unpin the item before deleting it.
Sync Your Clipboard History Across All Your Devices
If you use multiple Windows 10 devices, you’ll love this part of the improved clipboard. You can now sync clipboard items between devices.
Now when you copy something you want to transfer to another computer, you don’t have to paste it into a file and transfer that file using a cloud service like Dropbox or OneDrive, or even sneaker-net it using a USB flash drive.
To sync the clipboard between devices, you must be signed in to Windows with your Microsoft account, instead of a local Microsoft account.
If your Windows account is currently a local account, go to Start menu > Settings > Accounts > Your Info and click Sign in with a Microsoft account instead.
Enter the email address and password for your Microsoft account and then enter the current password for your local account.
You can create a PIN when asked, but it’s not required. You can set it up later.
Once you sign in to Windows 10 using your Microsoft account, go to Start menu > Settings > System > Clipboard and click Get Started under Sync across devices.
You’re asked for a security code which you can get in one of two ways: using your email or using an app, like Authy, Google Authenticator, or Microsoft Authenticator. Choose an option and click Next.
Enter the code sent through email or in the app. If you use the Microsoft Authenticator app, you’ll be asked to verify the code in the app. You’ll then be signed in to your Microsoft account.
To sync clipboard items across devices, click the slider button under Sync across devices so it turns blue and reads On.
By default, all your clipboard items are synced across your devices (Automatically sync text that I copy under Automatic syncing). If you sometimes copy sensitive data, you may want to select Never automatically sync text that I copy instead. This way, your sensitive data is not uploaded to your Microsoft account.
If you choose to never automatically sync clipboard items, you can sync specific items manually.
Clear the Clipboard History
You can clear the clipboard history at any time.
Press Windows key + V to open the clipboard history and click Clear all at the top of the window. All items except for pinned items are deleted.
To delete a single item, click the X in the upper-right corner of the item’s box.
You can also clear the clipboard history in the PC Settings.
Go to Start menu > Settings > System > Clipboard and click Clear under Clear clipboard data.
There’s no confirmation, but the Clear button grays out.
Disable the Clipboard Experience
If you decide you don’t want Windows to store the clipboard history, you can disable it.
Go to Start menu > Settings > System > Clipboard and click the slider button under Clipboard history so it turns white and reads Off.
The entire clipboard history is deleted, including pinned items.
Apple’s tendency to favor its own ecosystem means if you own an Android phone and a Mac computer, you won’t have the same consistent experience iPhone and Mac users enjoy. This includes AirDrop for file sharing and Continuity features such as a universal clipboard. Fortunately, there are several third-party apps that seamlessly connect your Android and Mac in productive ways. 1. Handshaker We begin with Handshaker, a seamless file management Mac app for Android phones (because Google hasn’t updated its official client for ages). Handshaker allows you to browse your phone’s storage when it’s plugged into your computer, and share…
Apple’s tendency to favor its own ecosystem means if you own an Android phone and a Mac computer, you won’t have the same consistent experience iPhone and Mac users enjoy. This includes AirDrop for file sharing and Continuity features such as a universal clipboard.
Fortunately, there are several third-party apps that seamlessly connect your Android and Mac in productive ways.
We begin with Handshaker, a seamless file management Mac app for Android phones (because Google hasn’t updated its official client for ages). Handshaker allows you to browse your phone’s storage when it’s plugged into your computer, and share files effortlessly between both devices. You can even go wireless by connecting to the same network, although you will end up compromising on transfer bandwidth.
In addition, Handshaker also lets you go through each category of files (such as photos and videos) individually so that they’re easier to find and transfer. All you need to do is install the Handshaker client on your Mac as well as your Android phone, and enable USB debugging on the latter. Since Handshaker is not available on Google Play, you’ll need to sideload it.
While Handshaker enables file management, Pushbullet is another free service that lets you mirror phone notifications to your Mac. But that’s not all. For SMS and other messaging apps like WhatsApp, you can even reply from your desktop without ever picking up your phone. Of course, both of them must connect to the internet for this to work.
Pushbullet also offers wireless file sharing. You can share just about anything through Pushbullet like links, text, and more.
If you opt for the premium subscription, you can also interact directly and perform quick actions with notifications like you would on your phone. For instance, you can archive emails from the Gmail app. Premium also grants you universal copy and paste between devices.
Overall, Pushbullet is quite a handy utility, especially if you’re a Mac user with an Android phone.
Download: Pushbullet for Mac | Android (Free, subscription available)
If you don’t want to spend money to have a universal clipboard, take a look at Alt-C. As the name suggests, the app brings a universal clipboard to Android users with Macs.
The idea is simple: copy text on either of the two devices and you’ll have it in both the clipboards. Once configured, you can add as many connected desktops as you’d like and through a hotkey combination, paste or copy text. What’s more, both the Android and Mac clients have a clipboard history so that you can revisit any of the copied texts later down the road if you need.
Vysor is likely the app you’ll end up using most out of all these. The app turns your connected Android phone into a live and interactive emulator, letting you control your phone with a mouse and keyboard on your Mac. You can reply to texts, test projects if you’re a developer, and even navigate around with the arrow keys.
The latency is surprisingly low, and it’s possible to play quick games as well. There’s also a Pro subscription through which you can access a bunch more nifty features like wireless connection, sharing files, going full-screen, and more.
Download: Vysor for Mac | Android (Free, premium version available)
5. VLC Mobile Remote
Popular video player VLC has a handy unofficial Android app that lets you remotely manipulate its playback. As soon as you’re through the lengthy setup process, you’ll have all the options on your phone including the timeframe, subtitles, play/pause, volume, and much more.
The app even lets you play any file from your Mac’s storage directly, which is quite helpful if you’re binge-watching a TV series. Also, did you know these secret VLC features?
DroidID brings a utility to your Mac that’s not even available for iPhone users. The app makes it possible for you to unlock your Mac with your Android phone’s fingerprint.
That’s right: once everything’s in place and you’ve linked both devices, the app sets a notification on your phone. From this, you can simply scan your finger and voila, your Mac unlocks. The authentication happens astonishingly quick—I’ve never faced any delays. This lets you set a strong password without having to type it out every time.
While Vysor lets you control your Android phone from a Mac, Unified Remote does the opposite. The app offers the ability to navigate your Mac and manage it from your phone. You can move the cursor around, access music controls, type from the virtual keyboard on your phone, and even browse your computer’s files.
For a few extra bucks, you can even have voice commands, a floating remote, and a couple more features.
Download: Unified Remote for Mac | Android (Free) Download: Unified Remote Full for Android ($4)