How To Copy And Paste On An iPhone: Everything You Need To Know!

You want to copy and paste a long text message or quickly share a website address with a friend, but you’re not sure how. Copy and paste is one of the most popular and helpful shortcuts on any computer, but many people don’t know how to do it on an iPhone. This article will show you how to copy and paste on an iPhone so you can save time when typing!

What Can I Copy And Paste On An iPhone?

You can copy text, website addresses (URLs), text messages you receive in the Messages app, and much more on an iPhone. Whatever you decide to copy can be pasted in any app where the iPhone keyboard is used, such as the Messages app, Notes app, and your favorite social media apps. We’ll show you how to copy and paste text, URLs, and text messages so you can become an expert!

How To Copy And Paste On An iPhone

Before you can copy anything on an iPhone, first you need to select it. In other words, you need to tell your iPhone, “This is the text I want to copy.” Some people say highlighting text instead of selecting, but since select is the “proper” term, that’s what we’ll use in this article.

To copy text, double-tap on one of the words you want to copy and paste. This will select that word and a small menu will appear with options for Cut, Copy, Paste, and more. If you want to highlight more than just one word, drag the little circle at either end of the highlighted text. Once you have selected the text you want to copy, tap Copy.

copy and paste text on iphone

When you’re ready to paste, tap inside the field or text box where you want to paste the copied text (I’ll use the Notes app to demonstrate). When you tap the text field, you’ll see the option to Paste, or possibly more, depending on the app you’re using. Tap Paste, and the text you copied will appear in the text field.

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Tip: It can be helpful to move your cursor to where you want to paste the text before you try to paste it. The process is this: Move the cursor to where you want it, tap on the cursor, and then tap Paste.

How Do I Move The Cursor On My iPhone?

To move the cursor on an iPhone, use your finger to press and hold on the screen, right around where you would like the cursor to go. A small magnifying tool will appear that makes it easy for you to drag the cursor where you want it. When it’s in the right place, let go.

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Alternatively, you can move the cursor by pressing and holding on the space bar. Check out our YouTube channel for more keyboard tips like this!

move cursor using space bar on iphone

How To Copy And Paste A URL On An iPhone

copy and paste url on an iphoneWebsite addresses are usually long and can be difficult to remember, so knowing how to copy and paste the URL will save you a lot of time when you want to share a website with a friend or family member.

To copy and paste a URL on your iPhone, begin by opening Safari or your preferred web browser. Tap the website address to highlight it. Tap it again to bring up the option to Copy, Copy, or Paste and tap Copy.

copy web url on iphone

When you’re ready to paste, tap the text field where you want to paste the URL (I’ll use the Messages app to demonstrate). Tap Paste when the option appears on your screen to paste the URL.

paste url in messages app

How To Copy A Message In The Messages App

If your iPhone is running iOS 10 or newer, you can copy iMessages and text messages you receive in the Messages app. Press and hold on the message you want to copy.

After a second or two, a menu will appear with reactions, the option to copy the message, and more. Tap Copy.

copy message on iphone

You’re A Copy And Paste Expert!

You’re officially an expert at copying and pasting on your iPhone! Make sure to share this article on social media with your friends and family to they can learn how to copy and paste on an iPhone. Thanks for reading this article, and feel free to leave us a comment down below if you have any other questions about typing on your iPhone.

About Author

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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David M Bates
1 year ago

My iPhone X is not doing what you say its suppose to as far as copy and paste is concerned

2 years ago

Is there a way to retrieve something I copied? I copied a long message I wrote in the wrong group chat in Facebook messenger (not sent yet) was going to paste it in the right group chat, Then “cut” the message from the wrong group chat where I originally typed it (never sent it yet) then stupidly copied something else (a zoom link) before I pasted the first copied thing (the long text message) now the long message I wrote I can’t find and I wasn’t sure if there was a way to retrieve it. I figure that once it’s… Read more »

3 years ago

how to copy and paste on facebook using iphone 7 plus? my iphone used to work prior to a software update and now it won’t even copy and paste to share a post that i liked. so why and how to fix this problem.

3 years ago


3 years ago

Great article. What I am looking for us how to select all and copy? It seems more for difficult than it once was. I will hold to highlight but when sliding the end down the page to copy more than one paragraph it seems to mess up or suddenly scroll 400mph far past the needed passage. Sometime I can’t even get the select all option to pop up. What am I doing wrong?

Denise I.
3 years ago

Your article was excellent and thank you for relieving my frustrations!

4 years ago

Every time I message ‘paste’ appears

4 years ago

After copying and pasting, every time I message paste appears

5 years ago

How do you copy information from you iPhone 7 notes? The way you just describe wont let you select-highlight.

6 years ago

I know how to copy from my FB but how to I paste it from here to my page?

6 years ago

Did all this. But the only thing that appears is my last copy

6 years ago


6 years ago

thank you!