Handoff in macOS Sierra

macOS Sierra

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Handoff is one of the key features of Continuity and it displays icons of items that you have opened on other devices, such as Safari web pages. Handoff does not work with all devices; it only works if both devices have OS X Yosemite or later, and iOS 8 or later, for mobile devices.

To use Handoff you will need to do the following:

  • Your Mac must be running OS X Yosemite (or later) and your mobile device (iPhone 5 and later, iPad Pro, iPad 4 and later, all models of iPad mini and the 5th generation iPod Touch) must have iOS 8 (or later).
  • Your Mac has to support Bluetooth 4.0, which means that most pre-2012 Macs are not compatible with Handoff.

To check if your Mac supports Handoff:

The apps that work with Handoff are Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

Step 1
Select Apple Menu > About This Mac > System Report. Click on Bluetooth to see if Handoff is supported

Step 2
Turn on Bluetooth on your Mac (via System Preferences) and on your mobile device (via Settings)

Step 3
Turn on Handoff on your Mac (System Preferences > General and check on Allow Handoff Between this Mac and your iCloud Devices) and on your mobile device (Settings > General > Handoff)

Step 4
When Handoff is activated, compatible apps will be displayed at the left-hand side of the Dock when they have been opened on another device


bewareIf Handoff is not working, try turning both devices off and on and do the same with Bluetooth. Also, try logging out, and then back in, to your iCloud account on both devices.


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