Copy and Paste on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

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Copy and Paste on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
Copy and Paste on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
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Being able to copy and paste text or images just as easily is necessary for adjusting and editing documents, e-mails and presentations. This article will show you how to cut and paste files using iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Copying and pasting text

Copy and Paste on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Step 1

Step 1. Tap a word with your finger

A window with a cursor or the selected word will appear. If the wrong word is selected, drag until you have made the correct selection.

Copy and Paste on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Step 2

Step 2. Lift your finger

A series of buttons will appear, along with blue drag points.

Copy and Paste on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Step 3

Step 3. Refine your selection

Drag the drag points so that you select only the text you need to cut or copy.

  • Tap "Copy". The buttons disappear and the text is copied. Note that the selection and highlight handles remain.
  • For websites or other text that you cannot simply edit, the "Paste" option will not appear. In general you will just get an option to copy or indicate the selection.
Copy and Paste on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Step 4

Step 4. Paste the text

Place the cursor where you want to insert the text and tap. A new set of selection buttons will appear with the options Select, Select All or Paste. Tap Paste. The text will now be inserted into the document at the cursor position.

Method 2 of 2: Copying and pasting images

Copy and Paste on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Step 5

Step #1. Tap and hold on an image

Open the photo library and find an image you want to copy. Tap and hold and a Copy button will appear. Tap that to copy the image.

This also works if you find an image on a website or in a document that you want to copy

Copy and Paste on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Step 6

Step 2. Paste the image

Find an app that lets you paste images. For example, the Messages app. Tap and hold in the message input field, then tap the "Paste" button. Your images will be inserted into the message.

Tips

Some graphics programs will recognize whether an image is in the clipboard, and provide a menu option to paste the image as soon as you create a new document

Warnings

  • Not all websites allow you to copy text or images just like that.
  • Be careful when copying images and text. If you accidentally paste an image into a text area, the code from the image will be pasted, not the image itself. If it's a large image, you'll see a lot of code! This can be solved by tapping and holding the image, then choosing "Select All", after which you use the handles to select only the pasted text.

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