Use Continuity to connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iOS devices and your Mac, or use them together.

Continuity on Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Continuity features include Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, SMS, and Instant Hotspot. For example, you can start an email or document on your iPhone and pick up where you left off on your iPad. Or you can use your iPad or Mac to make and receive phone calls through your iPhone.

Before you begin

To use Continuity, check that your iOS device or Mac meets the system requirements for this feature.

Handoff

With Handoff, you can start a document, email, or message on one device and pick up where you left off from another device. Handoff works with Apple apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Some third-party apps are also compatible. 

Set up Handoff

  • Check that you're signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. 
  • Turn on Bluetooth on all of your devices and connect them to the same Wi-Fi network. 
  • Make sure that your devices are near each other. 

Use Handoff

  1. On one of your devices, open a compatible app, like Mail or Pages.
  2. Use the app to start a task, like writing an email or a document.
  3. Then you can switch to a different iOS device or Mac. If you switch to a Mac, you can press Command-Tab to pick up where you left off, or you can click the app icon in your Dock:
    Continuity in the Dock on a Mac
    If you switch to a different iOS device, there are two ways to pick up where you left off:

Continuity on iPhone

You can swipe up from the bottom-left edge of the Lock screen, where you see the app’s activity icon mail icon in iOS  .

 

 

Find Continuity app on multitasking screen of iPhone

Or if you aren't on the Lock screen, double-click the Home button. On the multitasking screen that appears, tap the banner at the bottom of your screen.
 

 

Turn off Handoff

If you want to turn off Handoff on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps. Then turn off Handoff.

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > General. Then uncheck the Allow Handoff setting.

iPhone Cellular Calls

With Continuity, make or receive calls from iPad, iPod touch, or Mac

With Continuity, you can make and receive cellular phone calls from your iPad, iPod touch, or Mac when your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network.

Your carrier might support Wi-Fi calling on other devices. If so, you can set up your Mac and other iOS devices to make and receive calls even when your iPhone isn't on or nearby. 

Set up iPhone Cellular Calls

  • You need iOS 8 or later on your iOS devices and OS X Yosemite or later on your Mac.
  • Check that you're signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all of your devices.
  • Use the same Wi-Fi network on all of your devices.
  • Sign in to FaceTime with the same Apple ID on all of your devices. This means any device that shares your Apple ID will get your phone calls. If you don't want to receive calls on your other devices, learn what to do.

Make a call or answer a call

  • To make a phone call on your Mac, find a contact's phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. Hover over the number and click the phone icon that appears to the right of the number.
  • To make a phone call on your iPad or iPod touch, tap or click a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari.
  • On your iPad or iPod touch, you can slide to answer a phone call. On your Mac, a notification appears when someone calls your iPhone. Then you can answer the call, send it to voicemail, or send the caller a message, right from your Mac.

Turn off iPhone Cellular Calls

To turn off iPhone cellular calls on your iPad or iPod touch, go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off iPhone Cellular Calls.

On your Mac, open the FaceTime app and go to FaceTime > Preferences. Click Settings and deselect the iPhone Cellular Calls option.

SMS

With Continuity, send text messages from your Mac, iPad, or iPod touch

With Continuity, all the SMS and MMS text messages that you send and receive on your iPhone can also appear on your Mac, iPad, and iPod touch. You can also reply to your contacts from whichever device is closest to you, including your iPad or Mac.

You can start a conversation in the Messages app or click a phone number in Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.

Set up SMS and MMS with Continuity

  1. You need iOS 8 or later on your iOS devices and OS X Yosemite or later on your Mac.
  2. Sign in to iMessage with the same Apple ID on your iPhone, your other iOS devices, and your Mac.
  3. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive. Add a check to both your phone number and email address. Then go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding and enable the device or devices that you want to forward messages to.
  4. Look for a code on the Mac, iPad, or iPod touch that you enabled. Then enter this verification code on your iPhone.

Instant Hotspot

With Continuity, you can use Instant Hotspot on your iPhone to provide Internet to other devices

With Instant Hotspot, you can use Personal Hotspot on your iOS device to provide Internet access to your other devices, without having to enter your password. 

Set up Personal Hotspot

Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on each of your devices. Then check that your cellular provider has provisioned Personal Hotspot.

Use Personal Hotspot

  • You can use Personal Hotspot on one iOS device to provide Internet to another iOS device: For example, to get online on your iPad through Personal Hotspot on your iPhone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi on your iPad. Then tap the network under Personal Hotspots that's named for your iPhone.
  • You can also use Personal Hotspot on your iOS device to provide Internet to your Mac: Go to the Wi-Fi menu at the top of your Mac screen. Then select the network named for your iOS device.
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