macOS High Sierra

Work across devices with Continuity

With Continuity, you can use a variety of features that let your Mac and other Apple devices that support Continuity—like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch—work together in even smarter ways and let you seamlessly move between your devices.

A notification in the upper-right corner of a Mac showing an iPhone call.

To use Continuity features, your devices must meet system requirements. For more information, see the Apple Support article System requirements for Continuity on Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.


Handoff lets you start a document, email, or message on one device and pick up where you left off on another device. Handoff works with apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. For more information, see Pick up where you left off with Handoff.

Auto Unlock

Use your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac after waking it—instead of entering your password—so you can get right back to work. For more information, see Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch.

Universal Clipboard

With Universal Clipboard, you can copy text, images, photos, and videos on one Apple device and then paste the content on another Apple device. For example, you can copy a recipe from Safari on your Mac, then paste it into Notes on your nearby iPhone. For more information, see Copy and paste across devices.

Instant Hotspot

No Wi‑Fi? No problem. Your Mac can connect to the Internet using the personal hotspot on your iPhone or iPad when they’re within range of each other. No setup is required. Your iPhone or iPad automatically appears in the Wi‑Fi menu on your Mac—just select it to turn on your hotspot. For more information, see Use an iPhone or iPad to connect to the Internet.

Phone Calls

When you want to make or answer a phone call, don’t reach for your iPhone—use your Mac. You can start calls from FaceTime, Contacts, Safari, Mail, Maps, Spotlight, and many other apps. When someone calls you, a notification appears. Just click the notification to answer. For more information, see Use your Mac to make and receive phone calls.

SMS Messages

Send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from your Mac. When friends text you, regardless of what phone they have, you can respond from whichever device is closest. All the messages that appear on your iPhone now appear on your Mac, too. For more information, see Get and send SMS messages.


AirDrop lets you quickly share photos, videos, contacts, and anything else, with anyone near you—wirelessly. It makes sharing to iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac as simple as dragging and dropping. For more information, see Use AirDrop to send files to devices near you.

For other ways to share, see Share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and more.