iOS 16 “Allow Paste” popup issue? Can You Disable it? [Fix]

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If you have recently updated to the new iOS 16 or have bought the iPhone 14 series phone which is running the same version of iOS you might have probably come across the new annoying clipboard paste permission prompt error that appears, again and again, saying, “would like to paste from“. This prompt lets your choose either Don’t Allow Paste or Allow Paste as your response for the prompt.

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Why is this annoying? You may ask. Well, this is because no matter what you choose from the given responses, the prompt keeps popping up frequently whenever you try to copy and paste even between Apple’s native iOS apps like iMessage and Safari.

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What is the “Allow Paste” pop-up in iOS 16?

Apple has always been very serious regarding the security and privacy of its users. Back when iOS 14 was released, Apple introduced the clipboard access notification popup as a privacy feature in order to secure your clipboard data.

Prior to iOS 14’s release, it was seen that there were apps that were stealing the sensitive clipboard data on the iPhones without the user’s consent. Hence the Allow Paste popup was introduced so that the user can get notified every time a 3rd-party app tries to access your clipboard data.

The apps were able to get updated by the developers to use a new API allowing them to access the clipboard data more securely. Ever since then, Apple has been putting continuous effort to secure your clipboard. And with iOS 16, Apple has tried to make it stricter for 3rd-party apps to steal the clipboard data without you not just knowing about the same but by putting the command in your hands whether you want to allow the data to be pasted from one app to the other.

When does the “Allow Paste” popup appear?

The Allow Paste popup clearly mention which app is trying to paste the data from your clipboard and in which app it is trying to paste it. For example:

  • Messages would like to paste from Safari.
  • Mail would like to paste from Safari.

The popup message further continues asking “Do you want to allow this?” along with two options to choose from, “Don’t Allow Paste” and “Allow Paste”.

Now from the message, it is very clear that the popup is alerting you about the secret copy-paste scenario taking place between the apps. This means the Allow Paste popup appears when some app tries to access the clipboard in the background without letting you know.

Why am I getting the “Allow Paste” popup frequently?

Originally intended to pop up while some secret accessing of the clipboard takes place, the Allow Paste popup is appearing on the screen even when the user itself is trying to copy and paste some data manually. This is really annoying and has been admitted by the Apple executive that it is a bug.

The users are getting the “would like to paste from” or “Allow Paste” popup for no reason when pasting data intentionally from one app to the other. This popup appears in the same fashion even when you copy-paste b/w two Apple’s own apps like iMessage and Safari.

Can you disable the “Allow Paste” popup or change its settings?

No, you are not allowed to disable or do any changes to this feature. The Allow Paste prompt is the result of a baked-in security feature that can’t be disabled or changed in any manner.

Ideally, Apple should have given the users control over the clipboard access. But it has not happened yet and may not be happing any time soon, I guess.

Solving the “Allow Paste” popup issue

Now when you have good knowledge about the Allow Paste prompt, it is clear that it is actually a feature that is currently not working as intended due to some bug in iOS 16. This bug is causing the popup to appear even when the copy-paste is done by the user intentionally between the apps.

In order to solve this issue, you can try doing two things. First, make your 3rd-party apps to b on their latest versions by updating them. And the second one is to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 16 stable release. Both the fixes are elaborated below in detail.

Fix 1: Update your iOS apps

Start with updating the iOS apps installed on your iPhone. Here’s how you can do this:

Step 1: Open the App Store on your iPhone and tap on your Apple ID image icon on the top right of the screen.

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Step 2: On the next screen, navigate to the app you are facing the issue with and tap on the Update option located next to it.

update single app

Step 3: You can also update all the apps at once by tapping on the Update All option.

update all your apps

Fix 2: Check for update

As it has officially been reported by the Apple executive that the abnormal behavior of the Allow Paste prompt is actually a bug causing it to pop up on the screen even in the unexpected situation, Apple would soon release a fix to it. Hence checking for updates and keeping the phone up to date is a good practice.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General > Software Update.

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Step 2: If there is an update available, go ahead and download, and install it by following the on-screen instructions.

Update software on your iPhone

Bottom Line

And there you go! This is it for this fixing guide. The “Allow Paste” or “would like to paste from” clipboard confirmation prompt was definitely offered by Apple with the intention to improve the privacy of its users. But it is seeming to not work as intended for some users. The issue has officially been acknowledged by Apple and the same has stated that it’s a bug-causing issue. Unfortunately, there is no word from Apple regarding the fix of it as to what’s the progress and when the users can expect its official fix.

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Bhanu Pratap

Hi! I am Bhanu Pratap, co-founder of Yorker Media Group. A die-heart fan of tech and keeps track of every little happening of the same. When not writing, I usually keep myself busy on YouTube making and exploring new and awesome tech content.

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