How to Enable New Yosemite Features on Older Macs

If you own an older Mac and have upgraded to OS X 10.10 Yosemite only to find out that you still don’t have access to cool new Continuity features such as AirDrop Handoff and Instant Hotspot, ZDNet reports that with minor hardware upgrading and a free software patch, you can easily activate these features on your existing Mac without spending a lot of money.

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While you may be aware of the older Continuity Activation Tool for OS X, the new Continuity Activation Tool 2.0, which has just been released for download, also adds compatibility with Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongles, allowing many Macs from 2008 and later to easily upgrade to Continuity.

Users who own a 2011 MacBook Air or a Mac mini, might be able to activate Continuity with no hardware upgrades required. Other users however may need a Bluetooth 4.0 USB dongle or new AirPort Extreme card of new features to work properly.

Download OS X Continuity Activation Tool 2.0

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  • Chrome262

    I haven’t had to do anything on the 2011 mac, it does the whole phone integration thing. I haven’t looked for hotspot though, will this tool work for that, or air drop?

  • Brian W Pietrzyk

    I have a late 2008 macbook and iMac. Will any bluetooth 4.0 dongle work or is there a specific one i need to get?