As a bit of a change of pace from the heavily political/disability focus I’ve had recently, I thought I’d share this tip about transferring URLS and lumps of text between your iPhone and mac.
Like many people with both a macBook and an iPhone I’ve struggled to find a way to share a clipboard between them. Regularly I’ll want to text friends a link, or put a long “This is where you need to be and when” email into a text message. Equally I want to pull URLs out of WhatsApp or deal with photos in the couple of hours before iPhoto works out that they have arrived.
I’m aware of, and Lifehacker has featured, a range of ‘try to get this to work’ solutions, but most of the ones I’ve tried have been expensive, or horrific for battery life (and my battery life has quite enough pounding going on).
So I use iMessage as my Mule and take advantage of the fact that the iPhone has NO problem with texting itself and receiving the same message back.
I have a contact in my phone book called Clipboard. Clipboard’s phone number is my phone number (I know this because Tyler knows this…)
When I want to text a friend with a link I use iMessage to text Clipboard. Instantly, my phone picks up the message and I can copy and paste from ‘Clipboard’ to my text messages. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it requires NO battery strain, NO extra effort and NO apps.