How to Copy And Paste Url on iPhone

Have you ever tried to copy and paste a URL on your iPhone? It can be frustrating to figure out how to do it, especially if you are used to doing it on a computer. But fear not, copying and pasting URLs on an iPhone can be done easily and quickly once you know how. This blog post will show you some easy methods to copy and paste URLs on your iPhone.

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The Challenge of Copying and Pasting URLs on iPhone

For many iPhone users, copying and pasting URLs can be a bit of a challenge. Unlike on a computer, where you can easily highlight and right-click to copy and paste, the process on an iPhone can be a bit more hidden and difficult to find. However, it is an essential process that comes in handy when you need to share links or save URLs for later use.

Things You Should Prepare for

Before we dive into the methods for copying and pasting URLs on an iPhone, there are a few things that you should prepare for. First, make sure you have a stable internet connection to access the webpage or app that you want to copy the URL from. Second, ensure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS to avoid any compatibility issues. Third, free up some space on your iPhone to enable smooth copying and pasting.

Method 1: Using the Safari App

If you are browsing a webpage on Safari and you want to copy the URL, here are the steps to follow:

1. Open the Safari app on your iPhone.
2. Go to the webpage whose URL you want to copy.
3. Tap on the address bar at the top of the screen to bring up the URL.
4. Tap and hold on the URL until the options menu appears.
5. Tap on "Copy" to copy the URL to your clipboard.
6. To paste the URL, tap and hold on the text field where you want to paste it.
7. Tap "Paste" to insert the URL.


-A straightforward method to copy and paste URLs
-Works well with the Safari browser and mobile apps


-Limited to copying URLs from webpages only
-Requires a bit of precision and tap control to execute

Method 2: Using the Share Functionality

Another easy method to copy a URL from your iPhone is by using the share functionality. Here are the steps:

1. Open the webpage or app that you want to copy the URL from.
2. Tap the share icon, usually located at the bottom of the screen.
3. This will bring up a list of options, including copy link. Tap on it.
4. The URL will be automatically copied to your clipboard.
5. To paste the URL, open the app or text field where you want to paste it and long-press on the text field.
6. Tap "Paste" to insert the URL.


-Accessible across various apps
-Quick and easy to share URLs without copying to clipboard


-Not always compatible with every app
-Share functionality must first be enabled in app settings

Method 3: Using a Shortcut/App

Another way to copy and paste URLs on iPhone is via a shortcut or an app. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Download a URL shortcut app like "URLy" or "Pinboard."
2. Once installed, open the app and tap on the browser.
3. Navigate to the webpage you wish to copy the URL from.
4. Tap on the share button and select the shortcut you just installed.
5. The URL will automatically generate and copy to your clipboard.
6. Head to the location where you want to paste the URL, on iPhone it could be in Safari, a note app, or a chatting app.
7. Hold and tap on the text field.
8. Tap "Paste" to insert the URL.


-Customizable options for URL sharing devices.
-Generally very fast with more user friendly UI


-Requires an app to be installed, which can take up storage space.
-You might need to memorize the steps for a specific shortcut

Why Can’t I Copy and Paste URLs on My iPhone?

There are numerous reasons why you might experience difficulties while copying and pasting URLs on your iPhone. Some of the common reasons include:

1. Difficulty finding the share/copy option

The share and copy options might not be visible or quick to find, which can pose difficulties when trying to share a URL. The solution to this issue is to explore the app you are using or review the app settings to enable the share option.

2. Unstable internet connection

An unstable internet connection can lead to errors while copying and pasting a URL. Ensure that you have a stable connection before copy/pasting links.

3. Compatibility issues

Some apps might have compatibility issues, especially those that have outdated versions of the iOS system. Be sure to update your iOS device to avoid such issues.

Additional Tips

-Refer to official Apple instructions in case of problems copying links.
-Always test your link once you’ve pasted to make sure it works.
-Be mindful when copying and pasting links, ensure that their source is credible.

5 FAQs

Q1: Can I copy any type of URLs in the iPhone?

A: Yes. You can copy any URL that has been generated from a website.

Q2: Can I trace my copied URLs in the device?

A: Yes. Every URL that you have copied is stored in device clipboard.

Q3: Is it possible to protect my copied links?

A: No. Once you have copied the link, it is added to your clipboard.

Q4: I’ve copied a link in a device but want to paste it to another device. Can I?

A: No. The clipboard is device-specific hence not shareable.

Q5: Why is the copied URL I pasted not clickable?

A: Some applications do not support clicking on links hence the copied URL will not be clickable.

In Conclusion

Copying and pasting URLs on your iPhone shouldn’t be a daunting task anymore. By using the methods outlined in this blog post, you can now copy and paste URLs with ease and speed. With a bit of practice and patience, you will become a pro in no time. With that being said, always ensure that the URLs you copy are from reputable sources, as this will help you stay safe and secure while browsing.