How to use Universal Clipboard to copy a file on one Mac and paste it to another in macOS High Sierra

How to use Universal Clipboard to copy a file on one Mac and paste it to another in macOS High Sierra


In macOS High Sierra, you can finally copy entire files from one Mac and paste them onto another using Universal Clipboard!

Universal Clipboard is getting a whole lot more useful for sharing between Macs in macOS High Sierra. The Continuity feature already makes it possible to copy text, photos, and videos from one Mac and paste them onto another, but with High Sierra, you’ll be able to actually copy and paste entire files from one Mac to another.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer previews unless you need them for software development, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release.

Step 1: Make sure your Mac supports Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard is a Continuity feature, which requires Bluetooth LE. Your Mac also has to be running macOS High Sierra or higher to support copy and pasting files. Here’s a list of supported Macs.

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2012 or newer)
  • iMac (2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Step 2: Make sure you’re signed into iCloud on both Macs

Universal Clipboard uses iCloud to transfer content across devices. That’s why both Macs…



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