December 3, 2022

three fingers copy

It may not be well known, but you can “copy” by pinching closed with three fingers on your iPhone, and “paste” by pinching open with three fingers. A video has been released that introduces how images can be magically moved from an iPhone to an iPad by combining this with Handoff, which is a linking function between devices.

Can’t you do it on a device with a third party?

Today Years Old (@todayyearsoldig) posted a short video on social media saying, “I need a user manual for my iPhone. Why can’t Apple tell me this?” The image is transferred by pinching closed with three fingers on the iPhone and pinching closed with three fingers on the iPad.

A user who saw this commented that it was “fake”, but apparently it is a function that can actually be used.

Digging around, I discovered that this is a combination of 3-finger copy-paste and Handoff.
Handoff is a function that can be used on Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Apple Watch that meet the system requirements for the Continuity function. In the video, it is presumed that he opened the “Memo” app on the iPad and copied and pasted from the “Photos” app on the iPhone.
Handoff system requirements are as follows.

  • You’re signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on each device.
  • Bluetooth is turned on on each device.
  • Wi-Fi is turned on for each device.
  • Handoff is turned on for each device.
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In reply, some people show off the same three-finger copy-paste Handoff.

Source: @todayyearsoldig/Twitter, cut/copy/paste between iPhone and other devices/Apple, use Handoff to continue working on other devices

Source: iPhone Mania