Handoff is a major element of Apple's "integration" theme, and of the new Continuity feature set for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which also includes cross-compatible AirDrop, iPhone call and SMS handling on the iPad and Mac, and the new, much easier to connect, tethering service. Rather than trying to fit one interface across a range of different devices, or making the cloud the center of the universe, Apple is promising to transparently, seamlessly move whatever activity you're doing to whatever device you want to continue doing it with. It's a person-centric choice and a bold one, but if Apple delivers, it could forever change the way we use our iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Check out these great iOS and Mac apps that use Handoff!
Handoff is one of the most magical Continuity features in Apple's software lineup. Start a task on your iPhone and pick up right where you left off on your Mac. These are the must-have Handoff-compatible apps for iOS and macOS!
Connecting to Instant Hotspot with your Mac is a breeze
Instant Hotspot is part of Continuity and lets you share the data connection from your iPhone or cellular iPad with your Mac or other device.
Here's everything you need to know about Continuity on iPhone, iPad and Mac
How do you set up and use Continuity to handoff, relay, drop, and hot spot between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac? Here's your ultimate guide!
Toss photos from your iPhone to your Mac's documents with Continuity Camera
Continuity Camera lets you quickly add photos or documents to projects on your Mac using the camera on your iPhone or iPad. Here’s how it works.
How to make and answer phone calls on your iPad
Make and answer calls made to your iPhone on your iPad with call relay.
How to send SMS/MMS from your iPad
With SMS/MMS relay you can send and receive "green bubble" text and multimedia messages on your iPad as easily as on your iPhone!
How to make and answer phone calls on your Mac
Call Relay lets you place and answer calls from your iPhone, using your Mac. Here's how to set up and use it!
Connecting to an Instant Hotspot gets easier in iOS 13
Looking to get the most out of Instant Hotspot? Here's how to connect with your iPhone or iPad!
Using Handoff with your iPhone and iPad
Handoff lets you transfer your activities between iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iPod touch, and Mac. And yes, it's easy to do!
How to set up and use Handoff on your Mac
With Handoff, part of Apple's Continuity features, you can start something on one devices (like an iMessage on your iPhone) and finish it off on another (like your Mac or iPad). Here's how to set up and use it on your Mac.
How to troubleshoot Continuity issues on your Apple devices
Continuity allows you to more easily use your iOS and macOS products in concert with one another. Here’s what to do if problems come up.
How to add Handoff capabilities to your older Mac Pro
Upgrade your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hardware to add macOS functionalities
How to use Universal Clipboard on your iPhone or iPad
How do I use Universal Clipboard on my iPhone or iPad? Just copy and paste per usual.
How to get SMS text messages on your Mac
Did you know you can use Messages for macOS to receive your iPhone's SMS text messages, in addition to iMessage? Here's how you do it.
How to use Siri on Apple Watch to Handoff to your iPhone
If Siri can't help you on Apple Watch, it can hand you off to your iPhone to continue the action.