The ever-reliable Universal Clipboard suddenly stopped working between macOS High Sierra and iOS 11. The Clipboard seemed to have completely stuck and just didn't seem to work at all. Hence, I was not able to copy and paste across the devices.
I tried out a few solutions and one of them, fortunately, clicked for me! Are you also in the same boat and looking for a quick fix to get the Universal Clipboard into action again? The below-mentioned solutions can help you overcome the hurdle. Head over to give them a chance to troubleshoot the issue!
Copy Paste Not Working Between macOS High Sierra and iOS 11? Try Out These Solutions
- Be sure your devices are near each other.
- Universal Clipboard compatible with the following devices and the operating systems:
- It lets you copy/paste text, images, photos, and video from one Apple device to another.
- You can copy entire files from one Mac to another if your computer is running macOS High Sierra or later.
Start from the Scratch:
Sign Out of iCloud on Your Mac and iOS Devices:
- On Mac: Click on Apple menu, and select System Preferences → iCloud and click Sign Out.
- On your iOS Device: Open Settings app → Apple ID banner → Sign Out.
Turn Off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your Mac and iOS Device:
- On Mac: Click Bluetooth button at the top right corner and select Turn Bluetooth Off. Likewise, click on the Wi-Fi icon and select Turn Wi-Fi Off.
- On your iOS Device: Click on Settings app>Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and turn it off.
Turn Off Handoff both on your Mac and iPhone
- On your Mac: Click on Apple menu → System Preferences → General. Now, check the box for “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”
- On your iDevice: Open Settings app → General → Handoff and then turn off Handoff.
Next, restart both your Mac and iOS device. Once they have rebooted, sign in to iCloud, turn on Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Handoff.
Use Activity Monitor to Fix Copy & Paste Not Working, Stuck Clipboard on Mac OS
On many occasions, I have been able to fix the copy and paste not working issue by using the Activity Monitor. Hence, I would suggest you try it out as well.
Step #1. First off, quit the app(s) in which copy/paste are not working. Then, open Activity Monitor app. To access this app head over to Finder → Applications → Utilities → folder.
Alternately, press Command+Spacebar and then type Activity Monitor to open it via Spotlight.
Step #2. Now, you need to type pboard in the search box.
Step #3. Next, you have to click on the pboard process and click the (X) in the Activity Monitor toolbar.
Step #4. Next up, click on Force Quit button.
Quit Activity Monitor.
Fix Stuck Mac Clipboard using Terminal
You can also use Terminal to fix the stuck clipboard on your Mac.
Step #1. Launch Terminal app on your Mac. You can find it in Finder → Applications → Utilities.
Step #2. Now, you need to type the following command exactly:
Now, press Return.
It will terminate and relaunch the pboard process. Now, check out if the problem is fixed.
If All Else Fails… Update OS/iOS on your Device
If none of the tricks have helped you in fixing the problem, it's time to update the device. I suspect the old version of the operating system might be spoiling your party.
- On your iOS Device: Settings → General → Software Update
- On your Mac: Open Mac App Store → Updates.
Assuming you have got the fix for the problem. Let us know which one of the above solutions worked for you.
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