How to take a screenshot on Mac to iPhone

How to take a screenshot on Mac to iPhone

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From macOS Sierra, Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account have their clipboard in common. This means that you can copy an item to your Mac and paste it onto your iPhone. Practical, right? Let's see how it can be applied to take a screenshot on Mac and copy and paste it on an application on your iPhone.


The common clipboard is called the Universal Clipboard. It is compatible from macOS Sierra and iOS 8 with technology Continues. Your devices must have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Handoff enabled. Your Mac, iPhone, iPad must be connected with the same iCloud account.

Step 1: Take a screenshot on Mac

Method 1: Use the Screen Capture tool

The Screen Capture tool gives you several practical options when capturing.

  • Open the Screen Capture tool:
    • Type Screen Capture in Spotlight OR
    • Use the shortcut Command + Shift + 5.
  • Click on Options;
  • Select Clipboard, under the Save in part.
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Then, you just have to define the capture zone and click on Capture. Your image will then be copied to the clipboard. It works the same way as when you copy text. You copy it to the clipboard so you can paste it later and elsewhere.

Method 2: Use keyboard shortcuts

There are other shortcuts you may know:

  • Command + Shift + 3 : take a screenshot of your entire screen;
  • Command + Shift + 4 : take a screenshot of the selected area (your mouse becomes a cross, it is with this new cursor that you will select the desired area).

If you add the key Control, the screenshot will be saved to the clipboard. This will then give Command + Control + Shift + 3 or Command + Control + Shift + 4.

By default, with Command + Shift + 3, your image will save to your desktop. We have seen that with the Screen Capture tool it was possible to change the location where the capture was saved. This option will be taken into account when capturing a screen without the tool or without the key. Control, to know what to do with the image. If the option chosen is Desktop, the capture will take place on the desktop.

Step 2: Paste the screenshot

Once the screenshot is saved in the clipboard, you can paste it wherever you want on your Mac, but also your other devices since it is a universal clipboard.

Take the example on an iPhone with the Notes application.

  • Type where you want to integrate the image;
  • Tap Paste;
  • Please wait.
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Your screenshot from your Mac has been successfully pasted to the Notes app on your iPhone.

With Continuit and Handoff, it is not necessarily necessary to go through the clipboard since your Notes on Mac and iPhone are synchronized. However, this can be useful for all other applications where you cannot have synchronization.

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