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How To: Use Handoff Feature Between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1

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Handoff, a part of the Continuity suit, was introduced by Apple earlier this month when it unveiled OS X Yosemite and allows users to start writing an email (for example) on an iPhone and continue that action on another iOS device or a Mac. In order to use Handoff however, you must have OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.0/8.1 installed on your devices, all of which must be logged into the same iCloud account, must be on the same Wi-Fi network, and they all must have Bluetooth 4.0 to support the feature.

The folks over at OS X daily have put up a handy tutorial on how to enable and use the Handoff feature between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. Just follow the steps below:

Step 1:

First of all, enable the Handoff feature in both OS X and iOS:

  • On Mac: System Preferences > General > Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices
  • On iPhone / iPad: Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps > Set Handoff to ON

Enable handoff for mac os x

Enable handoff ios

Step 2:

Now turn on Bluetooth on both Mac and your iOS device and join the same Wi-Fi networks. Make sure both devices are logged into the same iCloud account.

Step 3:

Now open an app like Safari, Mail, Pages, the iWork suite, etc. that supports Handoff on your Mac. For this example, we’ll use Safari.

Step 4:

Have Safari on the Mac loaded with a webpage and active as the forefront application. Pick up the iPhone or iPad and look at the lock screen – you should see a little Safari icon in the bottom left corner indicating Handoff is ready to pass the Macs Safari session off to the iOS device.

Handoff icon on lock screen ios 1

Step 5:

Swipe up on that icon from the corner of the lock screen to open the webpage from the Mac onto the iOS device.

Handoff shown in multitasking screen ios 449x800 1

In case you can’t get Handoff to work, here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure devices are on the same Wi-Fi network
  • Quit and relaunch the app(s) trying to use Handoff
  • Disable and re-enable Handoff (the feature is often enabled by default but doesn’t immediately work, toggling off and ON again often resolves that)
  • Disable and re-enable Bluetooth
  • Log out and back into iCloud accounts on devices
  • Reboot the Mac; Reboot the iPhone or iPad

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section.

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