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!

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Copy Paste Not Working Between iPhone and Mac

Copy Paste Not Working Between macOS High Sierra and iOS 11? Try Out These Solutions

Make sure:

  • Be sure your devices are near each other.
  • Universal Clipboard compatible with the following devices and the operating systems:

Universal Clipboard Compatible Devices

  • 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:

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  • 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.

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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.

Open Activity Monitor App on Mac

Step #2. Now, you need to type pboard in the search box.

Search pboard in Activity Monitor on Mac

Step #3. Next, you have to click on the pboard process and click the (X) in the Activity Monitor toolbar.

Force Quit pboard on Mac

Step #4. Next up, click on Force Quit button.

Force Quit pboard Process on Mac

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: killall pboard

Fix Stuck Mac Clipboard using Terminal on Mac

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.

Wrap up:

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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