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.

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Set up Handoff

Use Handoff with any Mac, iPhone, iPad, 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 and Wi-Fi turned on.

  • Each device has Handoff turned on:

    • Mac with macOS Ventura or later: Choose Apple menu  > System Settings, click General in the sidebar, then click AirDrop & Handoff on the right. Turn on “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”

    • Mac with earlier versions of macOS: Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click General, then select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”

    • iPhone or iPad: 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 Safari, Mail, Maps, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, FaceTime, and many third-party apps.

  2. Use the app to start a task, such as writing an email or document.

  3. To switch to your Mac, click the app's Handoff icon in the Dock.

    Dock in macOS, showing a Safari icon for Handoff
  4. To switch to your iPhone or iPad, open the App Switcher, as you would when switching between apps, then tap the app banner at the bottom of the screen.

    App Switcher on iPhone, showing Handoff for Safari
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