Use iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to sketch in or mark up Mac documents

With Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to easily insert sketches into your Mac documents, or perform live mark up of PDFs and images on your Mac.

Set up your devices

Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup work when your compatible devices are near each other and set up as follows:

  • Your Mac and iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on.
  • Your Mac and iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch are signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication.
  • Your Mac is using macOS Catalina, and your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch is using iPadOS or iOS 13.

These features work with any Apple or third-party app designed to support them, including Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Mail, Messages, Notes, and TextEdit.

 


Use Continuity Sketch

With Continuity Sketch, you can use your Mac to request a new sketch from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, then insert the sketch into your Mac document.

  1. On your Mac, open a document and take one of these actions:
    • From the menu bar, choose File > Insert from [device] > Add Sketch.
      In some apps, such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, this is in the Insert menu instead of the File menu.
    • Or Control-click within your document, then choose Add Sketch from the shortcut menu.
  2. On your device, a sketch window opens, ready for you to create a sketch with your Apple Pencil or finger:
  3. When you're finished sketching, tap Done on your device. The sketch then appears in your Mac document:


 

Use Continuity Markup

With Continuity Markup, you can use your Mac to request document markup from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. As you add markup on your device, you see it happening live on your Mac. It's a great way to sign documents, correct papers, circle important details, and more. 

  1. From the Finder on your Mac, find the PDF or image that you want to mark up. Then take one of these actions:
    • Select the document, then press Space bar to open a preview window. Click the markup button  at the top of the window. 
    • Or Control-click the document, then choose Quick Actions > Markup from the shortcut menu.
  2. From the markup toolbar at the top of the preview window, click the annotate button :
  3. A markup window opens on your device. You can now use an Apple Pencil or your finger with the sketch tools, or tap the plus sign  and use the markup tools for adding text, a signature, a magnifier, or shapes and arrows.
  4. As you work on your device, the changes appear live on your Mac:
  5. When you're finished marking up the document, click Done on your device.
  6. To save the changes, click Done on your Mac.

 


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