Easy workaround to stop apps from copying iOS clipboard – Works for all iOS version

Since Apple released iOS 14 to Beta developer, TikTok was caught red-handed to copying iOS clipboard, and recently LinkedIn was caught to do the same. Who else?

At the time this article is written, iOS 14 has just been released for Beta developers, the latest iOS has not been released for the public masses to use and so far there have been 2 apps, both social media, caught red-handed to copy users’ clipboard – for whatever reasons that is.


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These are the workaround to stop apps from copying iOS clipboard that works with all iOS version

The way apps can sniff to your iOS clipboard is by running in the background. So while you are no longer using the apps, if you don’t kill the apps after using, the apps will stay in the iOS App Switcher where they can run in the background and start copying your iOS clipboard.

These are 2 workarounds you can do to stop apps from running in the background.

Workaround 1: Turn off Background refresh.

Turning off background refresh will prevent apps which are sitting in background (iOS App Switcher) to keep running, fetching data/info/connection.

To turn off Background Refresh, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Turn it OFF.

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Turning off Background App Refresh not only stopping apps from sniffing your iOS clipboard but also helps preserve the battery

Don’t worry, turning background app refresh off doesn’t mean you won’t get apps notification. Apps notification will still work as normal with Background App Refresh turned off.

Workaround 2: Kill apps when you are no longer using it.

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Clear apps from App Switcher

While killing apps when you are no longer using them is not the best practice to keep your iOS device battery last longer, but in this case it’s very effective to avoid apps to sniff your iOS clipboard.

If you are using iPhone/iOS device with Face ID:

1) Slide up from bottom of the screen to bring up the App Switcher (where you see all of your current and past used apps).

2) Then on each individual apps, slide up again to kill them off and clear from the App Switcher.

If you are using iPhone/iOS device with Touch ID:

1) Double press the Home button to bring up the App Switcher (where you see all of your current and past used apps).

2) Then on each individual apps, slide up again to kill them off and clear from the App Switcher.

Bring it all together

So with or without iOS 14, you can stop apps from copying your precious information via iOS clipboard using these 2 workarounds.


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