At an Apple event earlier this year Yosemite was revealed and one of its many cool features is the ability to Handoff activities between your Mac and your iPhone or iPad. What this means is that you can, for instance, start an email on your Mac and pickup where you left off on your iPhone or iPad. Other apps that it works with:

  • Safari
  • Maps
  • Messages
  • Reminders
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote

But before you can enjoy this feature you will need to follow the following steps to set it up:

Upgrade Your Devices

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Your first step is to update your Mac with Yesomite and your iPhone and iPad with the latest iOS 8 update.

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Set It Up

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Once your devices are updated with the latest software you need to set up Handoff on your Mac as well as on your iPhone and iPad.

On your Mac: Click on the Apple icon at the top left of the screen > System Preferences > General > Allow Handoff

On your iPhone or iPad: Settings > General >Handoff & Suggested Apps > Allow Handoff

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Final Checks

Your Mac and your iPhone or iPad has to be:

  • Logged into the same iCloud account;
  • Connected to the same Wi-Fi network; and
  • Bluetooth-enabled and connected to each other.

NOTE: Some of these features don’t work on older devices. Certain 2012 and older MacBook Pro units have had some issues. You can check out this link to a search if you are experiencing difficulty in using certain features.

Once you’ve followed the above steps you are ready to start using the Handoff feature.

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Handoff Icon on iPhone

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Handoff Icon on Mac

Here are some tips on how to use this feature:

Making Calls

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Ensure that all your devices are signed into FaceTime using the same iCloud account. You need to then turn off wifi calling.

Here’s how: Settings > Phone > Turn off Wifi Calling.

Now you can make and receive calls on either your Mac or your mobile apple devices.

Sending an SMS

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You can send and receive SMS’s on your Mac or on your iPhone and iPad, no matter what device the other person has.

On your phone: Settings > Messages > Send & Receive > You Can Be Reached By > Check your phone number and your email address.

Also: Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding > Enable the devices you want to forward your messages to. The devices you have chosen will now display a code – enter this code on your iPhone to verify the SMS feature.