This is a tip that I saw on my Twitter timeline a few thousand tweets ago, but simply cannot attribute properly, because I forgot to favourite the tweet. However, it boils down to this: if you’ve been looking for a fast and easy way to share text, URLs, and pictures across your iPhone, iPad, and […]
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Quick iOS Tip: Use iMessage As A Shared Clipboard

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This is a tip that I saw on my Twitter timeline a few thousand tweets ago, but simply cannot attribute properly, because I forgot to favourite the tweet. However, it boils down to this: if you’ve been looking for a fast and easy way to share text, URLs, and pictures across your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, then sending yourself an iMessage is a great way to do so. As long as iMessage is working properly (which is, admittedly, an *if*), you’ll receive the data across almost instantaneously across all of your devices.

Sure, you could use Safari Reading List for URLs, the Notes app for quick bits of text, or use Photo Stream for pictures, but iMessage has the advantage of being faster, popping up with notifications, and allowing you to select paragraphs of text with a quick tap-and-hold. It’s not a solution you’ll want to use all the time, but in a pinch, iMessage can make for a quick universal clipboard between your devices.

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