Universal Clipboard not working on macOS Sierra – How to fix

Universal clipboard stopped working from Mac to iPhone. Here I’m giving you ideal troubleshooting that will enable you. There are mind blowing features involved in the macOS 10.12 compared to the last year OS X EI Capitan. Highlighted features are the Siri integration, the shared desktop, and Universal Clipboard to continuity from macOS Sierra to iOS 10 and reverse side. New macOS high Sierra also embedded with the new edition of Safari 10 browser. macOS high Sierra and iOS 11 both are works as a continuity. Even though, many of the developers and folks have addressed an issue that the Universal Clipboard not working on macOS Sierra to iPhone. Don’t worry. we have a list of potential clues that you can use to fix it.

Luckily, Universal Clipboard, I mean copy from Mac and paste on iOS note app or other text editor apps and vice versa. So definitely Apple users have got time-saving way to type on Apple laptop and paste texts, images, and videos on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Fix Universal Clipboard not working on macOS Sierra to iPhone

Universal Clipboard not working on macOS Sierra OS x 12

For Copy & Paste, Universal Clipboard is a command that not only works with Mac but also depends on its neighbor iOS device. So within your MacBook pro, MacBook Air or MacBook, you also have to check that your iOS device is running with latest iOS 10 native. So check here iOS 10 compatible devices. because the universal Clipboard works across the macOS sierra and iOS 10.

To check out iOS update following steps will guide you.

Settings General → Tap on Software update.

Available update, if any. Please take a backup and update it.

Use Universal Clipboard with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that meets the Continuity system requirements. It works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:

Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.

At least Each Apple device has Wi-Fi turned on. otherwise Universal clipboard doesn’t work.

Each device has Bluetooth turned on. Get alternatives way to turn On Bluetooth iOS 10/ iOS 11.

Each device has Handoff turned on:

Step to Turn On HandOff in macOS Sierra

On Mac, choose Apple menu () > System Preferences, then click General. Select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”

Steps to Turn On Handoff in iOS 10/ iOS 11

On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > General > Handoff, then turn on Handoff.

if none of the above way works in your case, then keep continues and get rid on

Fix 1. Check out macOS Sierra compatible device list.

Fix 2. Verify your Mac and iOS device must run on same Apple ID. Because not needed any special setup to activate Universal Clipboard on macOS 10.12.

You should wait awhile because while you copy text, images or video from Mac or iOS and paste it on a device at that time it takes little bit time to upload data on iCloud.

Fix 3. Restart your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and then re-try again to copy or paste on your Mac.

Fix 4. Often, Back to my Mac works in this case. So Checked mark it.

resolve Universal Clipboard not working on macOS 10.12, Macbook pro, iMac, macbook Air

One More Solution if Universal Clipboard working one way: –

In case, Mac Copying and iPhone pasting works but if iPhone Copying and macOS sierra installed doesn’t work then Restart iPhone and then try again. (Restart iPhone 7 Plus)

To Restart iPhonePress and Hold on Sleep/ Wake button until appear red slider bar. then drag the slider to turn iPhone off. Next up, you will have to again press and hold on Sleep/Wake button until Apple logo appear.

Do you have any answer to fix problem Universal Clipboard not working from iPhone to on macOS Sierra that we missed? Please drop in a comment box. We will appreciate hearing from you.



  • Kirill

    The same. Enable bluetooth fixes problem.