How to Setup Handoff on Mac OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 on iPhone/iPad

By setting up Handoff on iPhone/iPad and Mac, you can easily continue your tasks from any screen. But all your devices should be in close vicinity and running on the same Wi-fi network.

Handoff is an amazing feature that allows an Apple aficionado to change the screens of his devices without changing the content he is working on. As an avid fan of Apple, you must be the owner of iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and last but not the least – Apple Watch.

Thankfully, Apple has included its smartwatch in this Handoff family. If you are a new member in the Apple’s eco-system, Handoff is a feature that allows you to start something on one device and pick it up on another device without losing track of what you are doing. For example, if you are typing an email on your Mac, you can continue typing the same email by launching the Mail app on your iOS device. Or probably you are using Maps on your Apple Watch, which offers smaller screen area; so you can continue watching similar app, i.e. Maps, on a bigger screen of Mac.

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How to Setup Handoff Between Mac OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 on iPhone and iPad

Handoff supports many apps on your iOS and OS X El Capitan; it includes Calendar, Contacts, Keynote, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Numbers, Pages, Reminders, and Safari. Note that Handoff also supports some third-party apps.

iCloud is your one-stop, where all devices converge; therefore, you have to use supported devices that are signed into iCloud with same Apple ID and same Wi-fi network also. Ensure that all your iCloud connected devices must be within Bluetooth range; the ideal range is 10 metres or 33 feet. Before you start using Handoff, make sure Bluetooth is on for your Mac and iOS devices.

How to Setup Handoff on Mac OS X El Capitan

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Step #1. Click on Apple logo to bring Apple menu → Click on System Preferences.

Click on System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Now click on General.

Click on Settings Then General in Mac OS X El Capitan

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Step #3. After this, select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices”.

Click on Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud Services

You will find this option below “Recent items”. If you want to turn it off, unselect this option.

How to Setup Handoff on iPhone & iPad Running iOS 9

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Step #1. Launch Settings → Tap on General.

Tap on Settings Then General on iDevices

Step #2. Tap on Handoff & Suggested Apps.

Tap on Handoff & Suggested Apps in iPhone Settings

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Step #3. Now toggle Handoff option ON.

Enable Handoff on iPhone and iPad

You can turn it OFF by following the above steps.

How to Setup Handoff on Apple Watch

Step #1. Launch Watch app on iPhone → Tap on My Watch option→ Tap on General.

Tap on My Watch Then General in Apple Watch App on iPhone

Step #2. Toggle Enable Handoff ON.

Enable Handoff on Apple Watch

On your iPhone and iPad, you can see the Handoff icon of the app you are working on your Mac; the icon will appear in the bottom-left corner of the lock screen. Just swipe to continuing to work in the app. Moreover, you can double-click the Home button on the device to open multitasking screen; now swipe right to see the Handoff icon.

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How to Setup Handoff From iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch to Mac

The Handoff icon of the app you are working on your iOS devices or Apple Watch can be seen on the Mac at the left end of the Dock; the icon may appear at the top as you may have positioned the Dock. Click on the icon to continue working in the app. Optionally you can hit Command-Tab to switch to the app that shows Handoff icon.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.
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