Use Handoff to continue a task on your other devices

With Handoff, you can start work on one device, then switch to another nearby device and pick up where you left off.

Set up Handoff

Use Handoff with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch that meets the Continuity system requirements. Handoff works when your devices are near each other and set up as follows:

  • Each device is signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID.
    To find out the Apple ID being used by Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then go to General > Apple ID.
  • Each device has bluetooth turned on.
  • Each device has Wi-Fi turned on.
  • Each device has Handoff turned on.

Here's how to turn on Handoff on your devices:

  • On your Mac: Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click General. Select "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices".
  • On your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch: Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff, then turn on Handoff.
  • On your Apple Watch: in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap General and turn on Enable Handoff.
    Apple Watch supports handing off from watch to iPhone, or from watch to Mac using OS X Yosemite or later.

When you turn on Handoff, Universal Clipboard also turns on.

Use Handoff

  1. Open an app that works with Handoff.
    Apps that work with Handoff include Mail, Maps, Safari, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and many third-party apps.
  2. Use the app to start a task, such as writing an email or document.
  3. Continue your task on another device:
    • If you're switching to your Mac, click the app's icon on the left-hand side of the Dock:
    • If you're switching to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, open the App Switcher, as you would when switching between apps, then tap the app banner at the bottom of the screen.

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