How to use a Universal Clipboard to copy files between your Macs

Are you a Mac user and still unaware of how to copy files from one Mac to another? But you should know that in macOS High Sierra, you can very easily copy a whole lot of files from one Mac to another. But how is this possible? Copying function is very easy but how to paste? This is possible with the help of Universal clipboard.

Universal clipboard is very useful as well as important. It has become very important for sharing files between Macs in macOS High Sierra. However, there is a unique feature that is continuity feature which has made so many impossible things possible. It has made the possible top just copy so many images, text, pictures, video and many files and documents from one Mac to another.

Remember, in the other Mac the files which include everything will be pasted. The possibility of copying the entire files from the one Mac to another becomes very easy with the engagement of High Sierra.

Earlier there were issues in copying the files of Mac from one Mac to another. But, now things have changed to a great extent. Copying has become a lot easier. Also, there are few steps which need to be followed to copy files including pictures, texts, images, videos from one Mac to another.

Here are some steps:

Step #1: Your Mac should support Universal Clipboard. This fact needs to be fixed before anything

Universal clipboard is very necessary for transferring files from one Mac to another. But, it is a permanence and stable feature. Also, Universal clipboard requires Bluetooth LE. Also, you should be prepared of your macOS. Check if it has the power to support higher programs. It should be running with macOS High Sierra. High Sierra is very important and it is must for transferring files. So, now I am listing some versions or supported Macs in which High Sierra or higher is supported.

  • Mac Book ( Early 2015 or newer)
  • Mac Book Pro ( 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Book air ( 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Mini ( 2012 or newer)
  • iMac ( 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Step #2 : In both the Macs, you have to make sure that you are signed into iCloud

To transfer the content from one Mac to another it is very important and even necessary to have a Universal clipboard. Also, universal clipboard uses a special feature which is known as iCloud. It is mainly very important to transfer the content from one Mac to another. So, for transferring it is very important that you are signed into the same iClopud account from both the Macs. In this way transfer of data will becomes a lot easier. But, first, you need to check if you are signed into the same iCloud account from both Macs. Have a look below for that

  1. In the upper left corner of the screen, you will notice Apple menu, click on it.
  2. Now there you will see System Preferences.
System Preferences

3. Now finally click on iCloud.

To know, which iCloud account is signed in, you will observe summary on the left side of the iCloud window. This will show you which iCloud account is signed in. if you see some other account which is signed in there and is not same. Then, simply log out from that iCloud account. Now, then sign in with the iCould account which is suitable for you to copy and paste the content.

Step #3 : It is very necessary to check if both Macs are connected to same Wi-Fi and they have their Bluetooth option turned ON – To send or transfer the files from one Mac to another, Universal Clipboard uses more than one iCould to instantly send. The usage of local wi-fi and Bluetooth is also there. You must keep in mind that the wifi must be the local or common network for both the Macs. Remember to have Bluetooth turned on in both the Macs because though it is not paired with some device but it must be ON.

Do not worry about consumption of power. It rarely uses any power consumption. Now to make it more clear and clean and to ensure that both Macs are on same wifi network :

  1. In one of the Mac, click on the Menu bar, there you will see Wi-Fi icon. It is located on the right side or corner of the screen.
  2. Now after opening, note the name of Wi-Fi in which your Mac is connected to.
  3. Now, in the other Mac repeat the same process.

Step #4: Now, again to make sure that both the Macs are connected to Bluetooth or Bluetooth is ON in both the devices:

  1. In your Macs, both the Macs you will have to click Menu bar. There you will see Bluetooth icon. It is just behind the Wi-Fi icon which is on the right side of the screen.
  2. Now, select Turn Bluetooth On if it is not ON.
  3. Finally, Copy and Paste – Now, once you are completed and done, Continuity should go on between your Macs. Now, all you have to do is Copy the file from one Mac and then paste it on another Mac.
  4. Select the file which you need to copy and paste it on another Mac.
  5. Tap on Command-C on the file.
  6. Have a look on another Mac.
  7. Tap Command-V to paste the file on another mac.


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