How to Setup Handoff On Mac (OS X Yosemite) and iPhone/iPad [iOS 8]

For those looking to start with Handoff, here’s how to setup Handoff on iOS 8 and Yosemite. It is a feature that connects iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite in new ways. With Handoff, you can start doing something on your Mac and finish it on your iPhone/iPad. It’s part of the “Continuity” feature that was demoed at the WWDC 2014.

You have to setup Handoff (and a few things) before you can start using the feature. Here’s some information on setting up it across all your devices (Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc.)

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How to Setup and use Handoff on Mac

You’ll need:

  • A Mac that runs OS X Yosemite (beta, at the moment)
  • An iDevice that runs iOS 8 (beta, at the moment)

Note that your Mac device needs to be a model that’s newer than 2011. Also, your iDevice can be iPhone 5s, 5c, 5 or 4s. For iPads: iPad 3 and above. This is because only these devices support Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) and Handoff works on Bluetooth LE.

To setup Handoff on Mac

Step #1. Turn On Bluetooth on your Mac.

Step #2. Go to System Preferences (Settings)iCloud and make sure you’re signed in to your iCloud account.

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Step #3. Further, go to System Preferences → General and scroll down. Enable/tick Allow Handoff between this Mac and iCloud devices.

Setup Handoff On Mac OS X Yosemite and iPhone or iPad on iOS 8Setting up Handoff On Mac OS X Yosemite and iPhone or iPad on iOS 8

How To setup Handoff on iPhone/iPad in iOS 8:

Step #1. Turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone/iPad.

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Step #2. Open Settings → iCloud and make sure you are logged into the same Apple ID as on your Mac.

Step #3. Go to Settings → General, scroll down and turn on the switch for Enable Handoff.

Enable Handoff on Max OS X Yosemite

That’s about it. You’ve setup the devices for Handoff.

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Handoff works with only a few apps right now. Here’s a list:

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

With Handoff working, you’ll be able to continue from where you left off, irrespective of what device you are using. Handoff works both ways: start on Mac and finish your work on the iPad or start on iPad (or iPhone) and finish the work on Mac.

On Mac, the Handoff can be initiated by the app icon on the left-most corner (right next to the dock). On iPhone/iPad, the app icon shows up at the left-bottom corner on the Lockscreen.

That’s all, mate!

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