How to Copy a Link in iOS Mail

Copying URLs on your iPhone or iPad is as easy as holding your finger down

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It's pretty simple to copy a URL from the Mail app on an iPhone or iPad. You know how to open one with a single tap, but did you know that there's a hidden menu when you tap-and-hold the link?

You might want to copy a link so that you can paste it into an email or text message. Or maybe you're updating a calendar event and want to include a link in the notes section. There are numerous reasons you may need to copy links you get via email, so let's see how it's done.

How to Copy a Link in the Mail App

  1. Locate the link you want to copy. 

  2. Hold down on the link until a new menu shows up.

    If you tap once by accident or don't hold down long enough, the link will open normally. Just try again if this happens.

  3. Choose Copy. If you don't see it, scroll down through the menu (past Open and Add to Reading List); it's probably located toward the very bottom of the list.

The full link is also shown at the top of this menu. Look through that text if you're not sure what you're copying so that you can be confident that you're getting the right link. If it looks unfamiliar, you might do some research first to make sure you're not copying a link to malware or some other unwanted page

The menu will disappear once the link has been copied, but no other prompts or confirmation boxes will indicate that you've successfully copied the URL. To be sure, just paste it wherever it is you're wanting to put it.

Tips on Copying Links on an iPhone or iPad

See the magnifying glass instead? If you highlight the text instead of seeing a menu, it's because you're not actually holding down on the link. It's possible that there really isn't a link there and it just looks like there is, or maybe you've tapped on the text right next to the link.

If you're looking through the link text and see that it looks really weird or super long, know that this is actually normal in some emails. For example, if you're copying the link from an email you received as part of an email list or subscription, they often tend to be really long with dozens upon dozens of letters and numbers. If you trust the sender of the email, it's appropriate to trust the links they send, too.

Copying links in other apps will often show other options. For example, if you're using the Chrome app and want to copy the link that's stored within an image, you'll get options for copying the URL but also for saving the picture, opening the picture, opening the picture in a new tab or Incognito tab, and a few others.

In fact, the menu shown when tapping-and-holding on links in the Mail app can differ between emails. For example, in a Tweet email might be an option to Open in "Twitter".