Copy & Paste Not Working on Your iPhone? 4 Easy Steps That Worked for Me!

IMG_7565.PNGWhile the IOS 8.0.2 update seemed to fix the plethora of problems presented in IOS 8.0.1, one problem I’ve been having on my iPhone has been the ability to copy and paste. After Googling this problem, I saw that many others were having the same problem on their i-devices.

Device: iPhone 4S 16GB, IOS 8.0.2
Specific Issue: I’ve been trying to copy & paste a quote from Facebook, Safari and Google apps into LinkedIn. I’ve been able to highlight and copy, however, when I go to paste, nothing will come up.

I read through several forums to find suggestions of what worked for people and tried several of them. After performing the following 4 steps  I managed to get it to work:

  1. I freed up some storage space & memory by deleting some photos & apps, closing all my Safari browser windows and open apps
  2. I made sure everything loaded when I opened Settings > General > About (before, it wouldn’t load the number of songs, etc; I had in there and someone else mentioned this)
  3. I installed the free app iClear & ran it to clear my clipboard, even though it showed nothing on my clipboard
  4. I did a hard restart (holding the power & home buttons down at the same time until the phone shut down & restarted)

After those 4 steps, I went into Safari, copied the quote and successfully pasted it into my LinkedIn app. Then I went back into Safari, copied another quote and pasted it into Twitter. The Paste bubble was a little slow to show, so when trying to paste, be patient for a few seconds to see if it will eventually show. You shouldn’t have to wait more than 3 seconds.

Some forum posters tried to solve the problem by setting their device back to factory settings, however I did not find that to be necessary, but it’s possible that could be an additional step you could take to try to resolve the problem.

If you try these steps, please let me know in the comments if you have success. Also, if you’ve done something else to fix this problem, please let me know in the comments.