How Do I Copy and Paste Text on My iPhone?
When we’re using a computer, we take for granted how easy it is to copy and paste a bit of text from one document or website to another. But on an iPhone, it can be a little trickier — especially if you have big fingers and a small screen! But there are ways to make copy-pasting text on your device a little simpler and aggravation free.
- Locate the text you want to copy — be it from an email, tweet, or app.
- Lightly tap a word in the text to highlight to bring up two sliders. Adjust the range of the highlighted text by moving the sliders.
- Once you have everything selected, tap Copy.
- Open the app or webpage where you want to paste the text.
- Tap and hold in the text box to bring up the Paste option. Tap Paste, and boom — your text is right where you want it.
If you want to copy text from Messages, the process is slightly different:
- Lightly tap and hold a text bubble, and you’ll get the option to respond to that text with a heart, thumbs up, and other emoji.
- You’ll also be given the option, at the bottom of the screen, to copy all the text.
- Unfortunately, you can’t copy a selection from a message, only the entire message. So once you paste the text into wherever it’s going, you’ll need to some editing.
Pro tip: Sometimes getting your highlighted text just right can be a challenge (again, for those of us with big fingers). But Apple has a nifty hack to create a cursor on your iPhone screen. Whenever you are given the keyboard, light tap and hold the spacebar. You’ll get a haptic bump — and a cursor! Keep your finger pressed to the screen and move the cursor exactly where you want it. This will help get your text copied faster and more accurately, and it’s just a cool trick to have in your back pocket.
Now, go forth and share as much text as your fingers can highlight!