4 Easy Ways to Access Clipboard on iPhone


The clipboard is the place where your copied content saves and is ready to paste anywhere you want. It is similar to all digital devices including iOS devices. The question arises in our mind, what is the functionality of the clipboard, or where is it located on my device? As with iPhone?s clipboard, it is not possible to view it by default, and it would be overwritten soon as you restart your phone.

In our post, we will discuss different methods of finding the clipboard on iPhone and how to use different ways for improving the functionality of the clipboard. Using the methods, you can easily access to your clipboard and save multiple clipboards on your iPhone.

Where is the Clipboard Located on my iPhone?

No doubt, it is a frustrating situation, when we copy to the clipboard, but couldn?t access or open the clipboard. One thing to keep in mind is that iOS devices have a closed ecosystem with a clipboard that works as a background service and is stored in virtual memory. So it is not possible to see or edit it by default. You only follow some hacks to get the clipboard.

How to Access Clipboard on iPhone

Let?s move to discuss the different ways of seeing the clipboard on iPhone;

Method 1: Use the Notes App to Access Clipboard on iPhone

You take help from any type of text-editing or note-taking app for accessing your clipboard. So we try Notes App for editing the clipboard content. Follow the given steps;

  • Open the notes app you are using on your iPhone i.e. Apple Notes, Simplenotes, Evernote, or Google Keep.
  • Launch the app.
  • Copy your content to the clipboard, and go to your Notes app.
  • Tap on the ?Pencil icon? to create a new note, and paste your copied clipboard content while long-pressing and clicking on the Paste option.
  • Save the content to click on the ?Done? option.

In this way, you can paste your copied content on the Notes app and preserve them for later use.


Method 2: Use Shortcuts to Access Clipboard on iPhone

Shortcuts app is also an impressive option included on iPhone by App for adjusting your clipboard. You need to follow the given steps;

  • Launch the Shortcuts app, and navigate to Gallery by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Search Adjust clipboard option from Gallery, and tap the + option to add a shortcut.
  • Click on the My Shortcut option and tap on the Shortcuts tab from the bottom bar.
  • Select your added shortcut, and access your clipboard.

In the way, you will get a pop-up menu, whenever you click Adjust Clipboard from the My Shortcut tab, and edit your clipboard easily.


Method: 3 Use Swiftkey to Access Clipboard on iPhone

Swiftkey is one of the most powerful third-party keyboards offered by Microsoft for iPhone and iPad. It offers multiple effective and unique features i.e. excellent suggestions, optional number row, themes, built-in clipboard manager, etc.

You can access and manage your clipboard content using Swiftkey. Simply follow the given steps;

  • Download Swiftkey, and open it to complete the setup process.
  • Click on iPhone Settings > General > Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > and select Swiftkey.
  • Click on ?Allow full Access?, soon as you tap to Swiftkey.
  • On completing the setup process, open the app such as notes that have keyboards.
  • Next, press the globe or emoji icon, and change the in-built Apple keyboard into Swiftkey.
  • Copy your required content or link to the iPhone clipboard.
  • Open the app or screen with the Swiftkey keyboard, and tap on the + icon.
  • In case of opening the Apple keyboard, revise step two again to open Swiftkey as your default keyboard.
  • Click on the Clipboard icon, and tap on to ?Save? option to save your clipboard on the Swiftkey keyboard.
  • You can save multiple clipboards by following the instruction given above.
  • If you want to remove the clipboard, simply tap the Delete option by swiping left, and next click on the Edit option to manage the saved clipboards.

Method: 4 Use Third-party Manager to Access Clipboard on iPhone

Multiple third-party apps are available to manage your iPhone clipboard easily. Here we will discuss Paste as a third-party app. Follow the given steps to complete the process;

  • Download Paste on your iPhone.
  • Open the app, complete the setup process from Settings, or simply click the ?I?ll enable it later in Settings? and go to the main screen.
  • Click on the three dots from the top right corner.
  • Click on Settings, and turn on ?When App Becomes Active? and ?When Keyboard Becomes Active? both options from under the ?Collect Clipboard Contents.
  • Copy your required content to the clipboard, and go to the Paste app.
  • Click on ?Allow Paste? for Paste for reading the content from the specific app.
  • You have to allow access to all apps from that you copy the content.
  • Now, click on Clipboard History panel, and check your copied content with time.

Some other iPhone Clipboard apps

Clipboard Grabber

It is the best solution for saving your current clipboard. Open the app, tap to clipboard, and select Copy.

Clips Board

Simply open the app and save your current clipboard by clicking to ?Save? option. You can copy your saved clipboard with only one click. You can avail the facility of Widgets that enable you to access to your clipboard and copy it without opening the app.


Soon as you open the app, it will save your clipboard, but you have to follow multiple steps to copy the clipboard from the app. The best option for saving and editing your saved clipboard.

Final Words

it is clear that iPhone has not any direct access to the clipboard, as it is the background service, and not available by default. We hope you understand the entire situation very well, and using any one trick aforementioned, you can easily access your clipboard.  


Q: Why do we need to access our clipboard?

If you love to switch between keyboards and change your typing habit or use some fixed sentences or lines frequently. Access to a clipboard makes all things easy.

Q: Where does copy the content to the clipboard go?

The copied content to the clipboard is stored in the virtual memory until you paste it into the required place.

Q: Is iPhone offers any app to save the clipboard?

No, there is not any app officially offered by iPhone, you have to get help from third-party apps for the purpose.