Use Handoff to continue tasks 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.

iPhone and MacBook Air both displaying the same email message in progress

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 see the Apple ID 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:

  • Mac: Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click General. Select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”
  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch: Go to Settings > General > AirPlay & Handoff, then turn on Handoff.
  • Apple Watch: In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap General and turn on Enable Handoff. (Apple Watch supports handing off from your watch to your iPhone or Mac.)


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 on your other device:
    • If you're switching to your Mac, click the app's Handoff icon in the Dock:
      macOS dock showing the Mail app icon with a "From iPhone" label
    • 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.
      iPhone App Switcher screen with a Mail app banner "John's MacBook Pro"


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