Currently my work around is to paste the text in the notes and copy from there the plain text to paste it to for example the mail app.

How can I copy formatted text and paste it as plain text for example in the Mail app?

  • Doesn't Notes preserve rich text?
    – lhf
    Mar 28 '19 at 0:44
  • Welcome to StackExchange - AskDifferent ! Isn't your current work around already the fastest way of doing it in iOS ?
    – JKHA
    Mar 28 '19 at 13:34
  • I have been using Flycut for a few years now and really like it, it will paste plain text and other clipboard manager tasks. Nov 14 '19 at 13:07
  • I've settled on going through dontpad.com
    – lhf
    Dec 16 '19 at 12:29

At least in iOS 13:

  1. Select the text
  2. Don't tap "copy" but instead "share..."
  3. Tap "copy" from the share sheet

This copies without formatting. Works at least in Safari and Mail and probably many other apps.

  • Can confirm this works for apps like Numbers in iOS 15. Jul 28 at 13:15

In Mail on iOS 12, I use the "Share > Copy" trick:

  1. Paste formatted
  2. Select the just pasted text and in the context menu swipe right and tap on "Share..."
  3. In the Share sheet, tap on "Copy". This copies as plain text!
  4. Tap still selected text to get the context menu again
  5. In the context menu tap on "Paste" to replace the selected, formatted text with its plain text representation

Still (too) many hoops to jump through but at least you don't need to switch between apps. The "Share > Copy" trick might not be available in other apps, though.


I just tested Shift+Option+Command+V and it will paste without formatting on iPadOS 13.4.1

  • That does it, looks like the same shortcut as in Mac OS Mail.app
    – aexl
    Jun 19 '20 at 3:43
  • The question is in regards to iOS not OSX Mar 4 at 5:48

Here's a workaround that worked for me (on iOS 12):

  1. Go to Safari
  2. Paste the formatted text in the address field
  3. Select the text and copy again

Now the formatting should be stripped away.

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