I would like to open a link (received from iPhone WhatsApp) in my iPad. If both devices are on the same wifi network, is there a mechanism that allows the iPad to open the link without retyping said link? Ideally this would be done without typing characters.

I realize that I could share the link out through eMail to the iPad, however, I was hoping for something simpler like Airdrop


Yes you can absolutely airdrop them from the share menu of both WhatsApp and Safari. It appears in WhatsApp if you hold on the message, not link, and tap forward, then you see two options, 1: forward, 2: share. Tap share. Keep the conditions satisfied, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, visibility in Airdrop. Same iCloud ID is good to have, not necessary.

Also, you can add it to the reading list and then open it on the other device after sync is done and then remove it when you're done reading.

Personal Opinion: I have found universal clipboard fairly unreliable to use. See support articles on Handoff.

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  • I opened the link in the iPhone's Safari and was able to airdrop it to the iPad. Initially, the iPad did not show up on the list of Airdrop targets, but after unlocking the iPad it suddenly appeared. Credit awarded. – gatorback Sep 3 '19 at 18:30
  • @gatorback maybe it was on low power mode? – anki Sep 3 '19 at 18:30
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    If the iPad screen is inactive (low power mode?), then the iPad does not show up as an Airdrop target until the iPad's home button is pushed after. IMHO, Airdrop is the preferred method to transfer the link to the iPad, because of fewer actions and simplicity – gatorback Sep 3 '19 at 18:33

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