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

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

Auto Unlock

Auto Unlock works with these devices and operating systems:

watchOS 3 or later macOS Sierra or later
  • Apple Watch (1st generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • 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 newer, 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, and your Mac needs macOS Catalina.

  

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

  

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 newer
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini or newer
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or newer
  • 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 (1st generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5

  

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 newer
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini or newer

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 newer
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini or newer
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or newer
  • 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 newer
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (4th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini 2 or newer
  • iPod touch (6th generation) or newer
  • 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. 

  

Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup

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

iOS 13 iPadOS macOS Catalina
  • iPhone 6s or newer
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation) or newer
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (5th generation) or newer
  • iPad Air 2 or newer
  • iPad mini 4 or newer
  • 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
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