Working with Paste on iPhone and iPad

Paste makes your clipboard history easily accessible across all your devices. It allows you to keep using everything you copied on your Mac after you switch to iPhone or iPad, as well as the other way around.

Adding data to Paste

Paste for iOS inherits most of the essential features of the macOS version. However, because of the iOS clipboard limitations, Paste can't capture clipboard content when it's in the background. For that reason, we developed action and share extensions to make it convenient to work with Paste despite system limitations.

Paste can capture your clipboard content automatically every time it becomes active. However, to play nice with the latest iOS 16 update, this feature is disabled by default. You can enable it in Paste Settings -> Automatically Collect Clipboard Content. Please note, when this feature is enabled, you might be asked to allow Paste when copying something. Unfortunately, there is no way to grant permanent permission for Paste to access your clipboard. However, we hope Apple will make it possible in future iOS updates.

Action and share extensions

App extensions add power and capabilities to Paste and can change how you use your devices. Paste's action and share extensions make it easy to add data to your clipboard history or pinboard from any app using the Share menu.

Paste's share extension allows you to add data to a specific pinboard or your clipboard history. The "Copy to clipboard history" action extension is a shortcut to adding data to your clipboard history with just a single tap.

Paste Keyboard

Paste Keyboard supercharges the default iOS keyboard to give you instant access to everything you’ve copied on any of your devices. Seamless integration into the iOS environment brings the smooth, effortless flow of Paste’s desktop experience to your mobile devices.

To activate Paste Keyboard, please perform the following steps:

  1. Go to System Settings → General → Keyboards.
  2. Tap “Add New Keyboard…” and find and tap "Paste" in the Third-party Keyboards list.
  3. Enable Paste and Allow Full Access.

The Full Access lets Paste communicate with other apps and sync your data across your devices. Paste practices privacy by design. Your data never leaves your device or your private iCloud.

When the Keyboard is activated, you can access Paste while typing in any app – just touch and hold the globe icon and select Paste.

Using Paste in Slide Over or Split View on iPad

Paste integrates beautify with Slide Over on iPad and can be used with any app.

To open Paste in Slide Over, do the following:

  1. While using an app, swipe up from the bottom edge and pause to reveal the Dock.
  2. Touch and hold Paste in the Dock, then drag it above the Dock.

When active, Paste will automatically collect the data you copy if this option is enabled in Settings. You can also drag-n-drop items to and from Paste's window.

Copy items back to the clipboard

To copy any item from Paste back to your clipboard, you can use the following:

  • Simply swipe an item to the right.
  • Use the context menu by long-pressing on an item and selecting "Copy".
  • Use the "Copy" toolbar action on the preview item screen.
  • Simply tap on an item in the Today widget.


If you need to retrieve something from the more distant past, you can use the search field. Just start typing and Paste will find what you're looking for.

Because of the Universal Search support, you can also search your clipboard history and pinboard items using Spotlight and access the items instantly.