How to Cut and Paste on iPhone

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Today, we will learn how to cut and paste on your iPhone. Cutting and pasting text is a fundamental feature that allows you to easily move or duplicate content within different apps or even within the same app. Whether you want to copy a URL, a paragraph from an article, or a message from a conversation, this tutorial will guide you through the process.

How to Cut and Paste on iPhone:

Step 1: Select the Text

To begin, you need to select the text that you want to cut or copy. To do this:

  • Tap and Hold: Tap and hold your finger on the starting point of the text you want to select. The text will become highlighted.
  • Drag Handles: Adjust the drag handles that appear at both ends of the selected text if necessary.

Step 2: Cut or Copy

Once you have selected the desired text, it’s time to either cut or copy it:

  • Cut: To cut the text (remove it from its original location), tap on “Cut” in the pop-up menu that appears after selecting the text.
  • Copy: To copy the text (keep it in its original location while creating a duplicate), tap on “Copy” in the pop-up menu.


If you want to paste something that was previously copied without cutting anything new, skip step 1 and proceed directly to step 3.

Step 3: Paste

To paste your selected/copy text, follow these steps:

  • Tap and Hold: Tap and hold your finger on the area where you want to paste the text. A pop-up menu will appear.
  • Paste: Tap on “Paste” in the pop-up menu.


The paste option will only appear if you have previously cut or copied something.

Additional Tips:

If you are working with large amounts of text or need more precise control over your selection, you can also use the magnifying glass feature. Simply press and hold your finger on the screen and drag it to move the cursor to a specific position within the text.

If you make a mistake while editing your text, don’t worry! Shake your iPhone to trigger the “Undo” option. This will allow you to revert any accidental changes made during the cutting or pasting process.

Remember, cutting and pasting can be used not only for text but also for images and other types of content in certain apps. With this powerful feature at your fingertips, you can easily manipulate content and streamline your workflow on your iPhone.

Now that you know how to cut and paste on your iPhone, take advantage of this functionality to enhance your productivity!

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