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

Here's what you need to use AirPlay to Mac, Auto Unlock, Continuity Camera, Continuity Sketch & Continuity Markup, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, iPhone Cellular Calls, SMS/MMS messaging, and Universal Clipboard.

AirPlay to Mac

AirPlay to Mac works best with these devices and operating systems:

iOS 14 or later macOS Monterey or later
  • iPhone 7 or later
  • iPad Pro (2nd generation) or later 
  • iPad (6th generation) or later
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) or later
  • iPad mini (5th generation) or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2018 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2018 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2020 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2019 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2019 or later

If the supported Mac has the AirPlay Receiver setting in Sharing preferences set to allow AirPlay for either Everyone or “Anyone on the same network,” you can AirPlay to Mac at a lower video resolution from older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models and operating systems.

Auto Unlock

Auto Unlock works with these devices and operating systems:

watchOS 3 or later macOS Sierra or later
  • Apple Watch (all models)
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in late 2013 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2013 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2014 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2013 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
  • To use Auto Unlock with Apple Watch Series 3 or later, your Mac needs macOS High Sierra or later.
  • To use Auto Unlock to approve requests for your Mac administrator password, your Apple Watch needs watchOS 6 or later, and your Mac needs macOS Catalina or later.

Continuity Camera

Continuity Camera works with these devices and operating systems:

iOS 12 or later macOS Mojave or later
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iPod touch
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup

Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup work with these devices and operating systems.

iOS 13 or later iPadOS macOS Catalina or later
  • iPhone 6s or later
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation) or later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (5th generation) or later
  • iPad Air 2 or later
  • iPad mini 4 or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

Handoff

Handoff works with these devices and operating systems:

iOS 8 or later OS X Yosemite or later  watchOS 1.0 or later
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad mini or later
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later
  • Apple Watch (all models)

Instant Hotspot

Instant Hotspot requires one of these devices and operating systems:

iOS 8.1 or later

The device must also have an activated carrier plan providing Personal Hotspot service.

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad mini or later

You can then use Instant Hotspot to connect to your Personal Hotspot from these devices:

iOS 8 or later OS X Yosemite or later 
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad mini or later
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

iPhone Cellular Calls

iPhone Cellular Calls requires any iPhone using iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan. You can then relay calls to and from that iPhone from these devices:

  • Any Mac using OS X Yosemite or later. Mac mini and Mac Pro require an external microphone or headset.
  • Any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iOS 8 or later.

SMS and MMS messaging

SMS and MMS messaging requires an activated carrier plan on any iPhone using iOS 8.1 or later. You can then send and receive SMS and MMS messages from these devices:

  • Any Mac using OS X Yosemite or later. 
  • Any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iOS 8 or later.

Universal Clipboard

Universal Clipboard works with these devices and operating systems when copying text, images, photos, and video from one Apple device to another.

iOS 10 or later macOS Sierra or later
  • iPhone 5 or later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or later
  • iPad Air (all models)
  • iPad mini 2 or later
  • iPod touch (6th generation) or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

Universal Clipboard can also copy entire files from one Mac to another. Each Mac requires macOS High Sierra or later. 

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