System requirements for Continuity on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac, or use them together. You can use Continuity features on the devices listed below.

Continuity features include Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Phone Calling, and SMS. Here are the device requirements by feature.

Handoff and Instant Hotspot

Handoff and Instant Hotspot are supported by the following Mac models, and require OS X Yosemite or later:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
  • iMac (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Handoff is supported by the following iOS devices and requires iOS 8 or later. Instant Hotspot requires one of these iPhone or iPad devices with cellular connectivity and iOS 8.1 or later. Instant Hotspot also requires Personal Hotspot service through your carrier.

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad mini or later
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later

Phone calling

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan. You can make and receive calls through your iPhone using Continuity on other iOS devices with iOS 8 or later, and on any Mac with OS X Yosemite or later.

If your Mac doesn't include a built-in microphone (Mac mini, Mac Pro), you need to connect an external microphone or headset to make phone calls using this feature.

SMS

This feature requires an iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan. You can send and receive and SMS messages through your iPhone using Continuity on other iOS devices with iOS 8 or later, and on any Mac with OS X Yosemite or later.

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