Copy and paste allows you to transfer content from one place to another. It can save you a lot of time as you won’t have to type out the content.

Why isn’t Copy and Paste Working?

There are bugs on your iPhone that can cause copy and paste not to work. A bug occurs when there’s a failure in the system of the software and this can cause your iPhone to behave in unexpected and incorrect ways.

In this case, the unexpected error that’s occurring on your device is copy and paste not working. A bug can easily be fixed and I’ll show you how to do that below.

You may have copy and pasted the content incorrectly which is another reason why it’s not working. Sometimes you think that you copy and pasted the text but in reality, you didn’t do it properly so I’m going to show you how to do that.

How to Copy and Paste Properly on iPhone

To copy and paste properly:

  1. Go to the text or item you want to copy
  2. Tap to bring up the Edit menu
  3. Tap Copy
  4. Tap to bring up the edit menu
  5. Tap Copy again

This is going to make sure that you copied the text of the item properly. After you’ve done this, go back to the place you wanted to paste the item.

Hold down on the screen > Click Paste. If the item didn’t paste, go to the next step.

Restart your iPhone iPad

The next thing you want to do is to restart your iPhone. This is going to help get rid of any software glitches your iOS device might be experiencing.

This may seem like a simple step to take, but restarting your phone is a certified troubleshooting step and it can help a lot.

To restart your iPhone:

  1. Hold the power button
  2. Wait for the slider to come up
  3. Slide right to turn the device off
  4. Wait for 15 seconds for it to turn off
  5. Hold the power button to turn It back on the wait for the Apple logo to show up

Once it’s back on, go back to the same place you wanted to copy the text or item.

Then, go to the place you wanted to paste it in and check if it works.

If it didn’t paste, go to the next step.

Update the Operating System

After restarting your phone, the next best way to get rid of a bug is to update your software. The main reason why a software update would be released is to clear a bug.

If you’ve ever looked at the description under any type of update, you’ll usually see the word bug fixes here.

If you have a new update available, this is most likely going to be the reason why the copy and paste isn’t working.

To update the operating system:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap on General
  3. Tap on Software Update (it’ll check for an update)
  4. Click on install at the bottom

Your iPhone or iPad is now going to restart after downloading and installing the new update. Once you’ve updated the device, you need to go back to the text or item you wanted to copy and paste and repeat the same steps.

After doing this, paste the item and it should work.