I’m able to copy-paste from any application to any application. I’m able to copy from a comment or from a question or from an answer. I’m able to paste to a question or answer. However, if I attempt to paste into a comment, nothing happens. I am able to subsequently paste into another application, confirming that the text is actually on the clipboard.

However, copying SE links will paste them successfully, but all other text - including other links - still fails. This leads me to believe that it’s a SE issue and not an Apple one.

This has been an issue since 11.0 beta and persists through iOS 13 release.

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    Reproduced on an iPad Pro running iOS 11 Beta.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 20:57
  • iOS 11 Beta? Commented Aug 17, 2017 at 4:57
  • @iBug Yes, beta. Hence the first paragraph of my post.
    – DonielF
    Commented Aug 17, 2017 at 13:23
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    Seeing this on latest iOS 11 beta (using the beta version of the SE app.)
    – miken32
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 2:54
  • How did you test it? For instance I can drag-n-drop links and text from the Chrome into the SE app comment section in Split View mode. Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 6:54
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    @alexolut I didn’t say drag and drop. I said copy and paste: highlight text, then tap “copy,” then tap into a comment field and tap “paste.” (Like I said in the OP - I’m on an iPhone and therefore don’t have drag and drop.)
    – DonielF
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 17:02
  • @DonielF oh, now I see. Upvoted! Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 18:30
  • Reproduced in 11.0.1 release iPhone 6S. I can paste the copied text into other apps
    – mplungjan
    Commented Sep 28, 2017 at 18:20
  • I can reproduce it: can’t paste into comments anything that is not a SE link after the update to iOS 11 on iPhone
    – jfs
    Commented Oct 8, 2017 at 6:19
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    Reproduced. iOS 11.0.6, iPhone 6. When I paste into answers, the original font style, spacing and font size get preserved, it looks pretty horrible and doesn’t affect markdown.
    – Narusan
    Commented Nov 1, 2017 at 7:54
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    Any chance of fixing this annoying and long standing issue?
    – mplungjan
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 10:18
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    @mplungjan no, the app development has been frozen, the only iOS developer reassigned to different role within Stack Overflow. We won't see this fixed in the near future. (That is, years.) Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 10:10
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    @ShadowtheHedgehogWizard That's a real shame, since it's a real pain and is probably not that hard to fix. Thanks for the fast response though! :) Much appreciated!
    – Monomeeth
    Commented Jan 3, 2018 at 12:09
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    reproduced. i inadvertently made an answer to a question instead of a comment under an answer. (i couldn’t delete the answer which i file a bug on) but having copied it could not paste the text into the comments field. the text pasted into other apps (though in the Notes app the text goes in not as inline text but as an unreadable “text block” which is a possible clue to failure here, but not if text from other apps is not pasting also. Commented Oct 24, 2019 at 22:54
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    @wide_eyed_pupil Even text copied from Notes itself is sometimes pasted as an unreadable text block, so that might be an iOS bug, not an SE one. The rest certainly is an issue and has been for quite some time now.
    – DonielF
    Commented Oct 24, 2019 at 23:21


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