Troubleshooting Continuity on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Continuity is one of the most useful convenience features that Apple has introduced to iOS in recent years, letting you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac by letting you open content from an app on one device in the same app on another device. But, as with anything else, problems will likely crop up from time to time.

If you find yourself experiencing a problem with Continuity or Handoff, follow these steps to fix the issues.

Turn wireless on your iOS device off and on

The first thing you'll want to try to do is just reset your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections between your iOS devices and any Macs with which you're attempting to use Continuity features. This is easily achieved using the Control Center and the Airplane Mode button.

  1. Open Control Center on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap the Airplane Mode button. Wait for the cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth buttons to all darken.
  3. Tap the Airplane Mode button again. Your various wireless connections will reestablish themselves.

    Open Control Center, tap Airplane Mode, tap Airplane mode again

How to troubleshoot Handoff issue on your iPhone or iPad

If you're having problems using Handoff between apps on one of your iOS devices and your other devices, here's how you can try to fix them.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Handoff.

    Open Settings, tap General, tap Handoff

  4. Flip the switch next to Handoff to the white "off" position.
  5. Flip the switch next to Handoff to the green "on" position.

    Flip switch, flip it again

How to troubleshoot SMS forwarding issues on your iPhone or iPad

You'll need to follow these steps if you want the standard text messages you receive on your iPhone to show up on your iPad or Mac as well.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Messages.
  3. Tap Text Message Forwarding.

    Open Settings, tap Messages, tap Text Message Forwarding

  4. Tap the switches next to the devices to which you want to forward messages to the white "off" position.
  5. Tap the switches next to the devices to which you want to forward messages to the green "on" position.

    Tap switch, tap it again

How to troubleshoot call forwarding on your iPhone or iPad

If calls to your iPhone aren't popping up on your other devices, here's how you can try to fix that.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Phone.
  3. Tap Calls on Other Devices.

    Open Settings, tap Phone, tap Calls from Other Devices

  4. Tap the switch next to Allow Calls on Other Devices to the white "off" position.
  5. Tap the switch next to Allow Calls on Other Devices to the green "on" position.

    Tap switch, tap it again

How to troubleshoot Handoff issues on your Mac

  1. Open System Preferences on your Mac.
  2. Click General.

    Open System Preferences, click General

  3. Click the checkbox next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices to uncheck it.
  4. Click the checkbox next to Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices again to check it.

    Click the Handoff checkbox, click it again

Questions?

Do you have any more questions or specific concerns about troubleshooting Continuity features on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac? Let us know in the comments.

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