Where is My Clipboard on My iPhone?

March 26, 2024
David Sunnyside

When you copy something on a computer, it stays in the clipboard until you paste it somewhere else. It can be anything from an address you need to paste into Google Maps to a funny meme you want to share with your friends. iPhones don't have an explicit way to view the contents of the clipboard, but there are a couple of workarounds you can use.

iPhones can only store one copied item at a time. This can be a bit frustrating when other devices, like Mac computers, allow you to see multiple items in their clipboards. The iPhone's internal structure means that there is no clear way to view the clipboard history — it simply gets overwritten by the next item you copy.

In this article, we'll look at three ways to get around this limitation and get the ability to view your iPhone clipboard history. We'll use the built-in Notes app, a shortcut in the Shortcuts app, and a third-party clipboard management app called Paste.

The first two methods will allow you to see your clipboard history on the device itself, whereas the third-party Paste app allows you to save all of your clipboard history on iCloud and edit it whenever you like.

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David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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