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TikTok Is Losing Its Mind Over This iPhone Copy And Paste Trick
By TUSHAR MEHTA
A viral video — which shows a person lifting an image from an iPhone and dropping it onto an iPad Pro — by Korean influencer @happymelmelr is taking TikTok by storm, with more than 440,000 views and almost 47,000 likes. Though the trick seems magical, there is an iOS trick at play — Universal Clipboard, a part of Apple's Continuity and Handoff features.
To use Universal Clipboard, make sure your iPhone, iPad, and Mac are at least running iOS 10, iPadOS 13, and macOS 10.12, respectively. On your iPhone or iPad, head over to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff, and turn on Handoff — whereas, for Mac, go to System Preferences and locate the "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices" option.
The devices must be running on the same Apple ID and be within the Bluetooth range — around 30 feet — of each other with their Bluetooth enabled. While you can long-press on text or an image to copy, cut, or paste it, you can also copy an image from an iPad or an iPhone by pinching inward with three fingers or cut it by pinching inward twice.
To paste the copied object, pinch outward with three fingers — but you must not spend time pinching in on a device and pinching out on another. MacOS' Universal Control also lets you use the same mouse to control multiple Mac computers and iPad devices — and if they are kept side-by-side, you can flip the mouse icon from one device to another like on a multi-display setup.