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The Best iPhone Clipboard Managers

Brent Dirks 13-04-2018

As the iPhone continues to become more powerful and add features with each new software and hardware release, many users are taking advantage of the device to tackle a wide variety of daily activities and become more productive.


You’ve probably used the iPhone clipboard more times than you can count for copying and pasting text between apps, but while the built-in clipboard is helpful, it has some limits. Most notably, it can only store one piece of information at a time.

But a number of third-party clipboard apps can step in and provide some additional features. Let’s take a look at what the iPhone’s built-in clipboard can do, and offer three great alternatives.

A Look at the iPhone Clipboard

iPhone Built-in Clipboard

By itself, the iPhone clipboard isn’t exactly impressive. There’s no actual clipboard app and no real way to find what’s stored on your iPhone. That’s because iOS can store exactly one piece of information—the last snippet copied—when you hold down the cursor and select Cut.

Anytime you select Paste from the same menu, the information in the clipboard will appear wherever you can insert text. Take a look at our guide to copying and pasting on iPhone How to Copy and Paste on Your iPhone How do you copy and paste on your iPhone? You will be surprised at the tiny tips that lie behind this simple task. Read More for more advice.


If you ever want to completely clear the iPhone clipboard, just press down on a blank space until the text cursor appears. Then press down and pick Copy from the menu. That empty space will reside in the clipboard memory.

Since the built-in clipboard option on the iPhone is barebones, here are three apps to take your workflow up a notch.

1. Paste 2

iphone clipboard managers - Paste Clipboard Manager

Our top choice for the best iPhone clipboard manager is Paste 2. The app stores everything you copy—including text, images, links, files, and more—for quick and easy access.


When it’s time to find a specific piece of content, you can browse through a visual history and then preview it to make sure it’s what you’re looking for. Searching for content is also easier thanks to intelligent filters. In the clipboard history part of the app, just swipe right to add it to iPhone’s internal system.

To help organize different types of content, you can also create and customize different pinboards. Information from the app is accessible in other apps via the Share Sheet.

As a nice touch, Paste 2 will also show you when the information was added, from where, and displays a character count on any text.

Thanks to iCloud compatibility, you can sync content access it on a Mac with the separate Paste 2 for Mac app. While there are a number of great Mac-only clipboard apps 5 Best Mac Clipboard Manager Apps to Improve Your Workflow If you spend a lot of time copying and pasting, you need to download one of these top clipboard management apps. Read More , the cross-platform nature of Paste 2 makes it something to consider for anyone who does significant work on both iOS and macOS Should Mac Users Always Buy iPhones? If you're on a Mac, you should grab Apple's own iPhone rather than an Android or Windows Phone. Why? There are many benefits to the iPhone-Mac combination. Read More .


An in-app purchase unlocks the app on an iPad.

Download: Paste 2 for iOS (Free)
Download: Paste 2 for Mac ($15)

2. Copied

iphone clipboard managers- Copied Clipboard Manager
Another great option is Copied. The app will save any text, links, and images copied from any app as clippings. When you’re ready to use a specific clipping, just open up the app and copy it to the iPhone’s clipboard.

One of Copied’s unique features is the third-party keyboard. It provides a quick way to access all clippings when you need to input text in any app, including Messages or Safari. You can select text in any app and then reformat it without needing to open Copied. It also allows users to save text as a clipping directly from the keyboard.


Along with being able to view and edit any clippings, you can also transform the text with different formatting options. You can reformat text with a specific template; power users can even author their own formatter with JavaScript. Those formatters are available on the Copied keyboard.

A built-in browser comes in handy and saves all data copied from a site. On the Share Sheet, users can take advantage of a number of actions including save to Copied and more.

Message fans can even use images in the app and transform them into fun stickers to use during conversations 12 Cool Things You Can Do With iMessage Apps for iOS You can do a lot more than simply send text, voice, picture, and video messages with iMessage. Read More .

An in-app purchase unlocks additional features including the ability to save and organize clips with lists, create different rules to further organize clippings, and iCloud sync to other iOS devices.

If you also spend any time on a Mac, the companion Copied app for macOS makes it easy to access a central clipboard both at your desk and on the go with an iPhone.

Download: Copied for iOS (Free)
Download: Copied for Mac ($8)

3. Clip+

iphone clipboard managers - Clip+ Clipboard Manager
Clip+ does more than just store any information you copy. The app automatically recognizes different types of content. For example, if you grab a phone number, you can call it directly from the app. With a saved URL, just tap the icon to head to the site. Users can also customize those actions, like substituting the Gmail app for the stock Mail.

The app, which is designed for both the iPhone and iPad, uses iCloud to sync and keep the information up to date on any iOS device. Even though iCloud does have its share of issues from time to time 9 Common iCloud Problems (And How to Fix Them on Your iPhone or iPad) Is iCloud not working? Here's what to do when you can't sign into iCloud, see an error, or have other common iCloud issues. Read More , this makes Clip+ even more useful for anyone already entrenched in the Apple ecosystem.

All content is also viewable via Search and through Safari’s Shared Links tab. The clipboard is also available as a Notification Center widget.

And surprisingly, even Apple Watch users aren’t left out of the fun. With voice dictation on the watch, you can dictate text directly into Clip+.

Download: Clip+ ($3)

Expand Your iPhone Clipboard’s Capabilities

Even though the built-in iPhone clipboard is just a basic way to store one piece of information to share between different apps, these third-party apps can help your iPhone become more useful in your daily activities.

If you’re unable to download any of these apps, don’t worry. We have a few fixes you can try when apps won’t download on your iPhone Apps Won't Download on Your iPhone? 10 Fixes to Try Can't download apps on your iPhone? Here are the troubleshooting steps when app from the App Store won't install. Read More . And if you’re looking to improve your overall iPhone knowledge, take a look at our great list of key Apple iPhone terms everyone should know iPhone Explained: 20 Key Terms by Apple You Need to Know Don't know what AirDrop, CarPlay, HomeKit, and other Apple terms mean? Here are some common and uncommon iPhone terms you should definitely know. Read More .

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  1. Franco
    June 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I use Paste, nice feature to have, But it’s bothersome. You are at a web page or whatever, you need quick access to the clipboard, like writing your email and password on a site, by the time it takes to exit that site, open paste, copy your info, go back to the site, you might as well input that email and address manually.
    The convenience isn’t there yet for the latest iPhone users. If there is, please let us know.

  2. John
    April 21, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Privacy Issue. Sometimes I copy and paste passwords. Does the data go back to the developer or is it secure?

  3. Robert in SF
    April 13, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I am not able to get either Copied or Paste to capture all copy actions.
    I copy multiple sections from an email, for example, and only the most recent is captured, and only when I enter the app (which then captures the clipboard).
    I checked my settings within the apps and from within System preferences...can't figure out if my settings are off, I don't understand how to make it work, or I just don't have the right understanding of what it means when you say, "[t]he app stores everything you copy—including text, images, links, files, and more—for quick and easy access."