When I get a standard text I can tap and hold the message > Copy. Now the message is on the clipboard and ready to use. If I perform the same action on an address I am brought to the Maps application (an app I do not use). I can create a custom Message, twitter, facebook etc...but no copy option.

How can I copy and paste a physical address on an iPhone?

My common use cases

  • Copy as human readable text to another human as a text message
  • Copy and paste into Waze
  • Copy and paste into any app that needs an address
  • What version of iOS are you on? When I tap and hold on an address in a Message on iOS 10.2, I have the options: Get Directions, Open in Maps, Add to Contacts, and Copy.
    – PseudoSu
    Dec 12, 2016 at 21:58
  • @PseudoSu - I have 10.1.1. It could be something buried in the Map app settings. Dec 12, 2016 at 22:39

2 Answers 2


I think it's just the way you're pressing on it that's causing you the problem.

Assuming iOS has recognised it as an address (typically it would appear in blue and be underlined just like a traditional hyperlink), just tap on it gently for about a second or so and you should get a range of options. One of the options will be Copy. Select that and you can then paste the address as you want into another app etc.

If you just do a quick tap, then it'll take you to the Maps app as you describe.

  • You're almost exactly right. I was pressing too hard. I ended up triggering the pressure sensing Dec 12, 2016 at 23:20
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    That's what I thought - hence why I used the word gently. Glad it's working for you now - I imagine it was very frustrating!
    – Monomeeth
    Dec 12, 2016 at 23:27
  • This stopped being valid. The @KenMills answer from 2017 now is the one which works.
    – RonJohn
    Mar 6, 2020 at 18:59

You need to press and hold the address. Then when the maps window opens while still holding down, swipe up. The additional options to Get Directions, Open in Maps, Add to Contacts, and Copy appear at the bottom of the screen.

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