Mac tip of the month: Continuity features

The latest versions of iOS and macOS are packed with features that make it easier to move work between one device and the other. Known as Continuity, this set of features was first introduced in OS X Yosemite,  and lets you share files with your tablet, answer calls from your Mac and more. 

Connecting your Apple devices using Continuity features

Use Continuity to move between your iPhone, iPad and Mac, or use them together. Continuity features include Handoff, phone calling, and SMS. Great for use in business, continuity features mean you can switch between your Apple devices and pick up where you left off with your emails, messages and even phone calls. Here we’ll look at using the Handoff, phone calling, and SMS continuity features.


Use Handoff in Apple apps including Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In simple terms, use Handoff to start work on one device and pick it up and carry on working on it on another.

Here’s what you do…

(As an example, we’re going to use Mail)

1. Sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use for Handoff.

2. Turn on Bluetooth on all your devices, and make sure they’re all connected to the same WiFi network.

3. Use Mail on one of your chosen devices (as an example, we’re going to use Mail on our Mac).

4. On your second device (we’re using an iPad) swipe up from the bottom left edge of the Lock screen, where you will see the app’s activity icon.

5. Alternatively, go to the multitasking display by double clicking the Home button on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then tap the app. (On your Mac, the Handoff icon appears on the Dock, or you can press Command and Tab to switch to an app with a Handoff icon.)

Phone calls

With continuity, you can make and receive cellular phone calls from your Apple devices when your iPhone is on the same WiFi network.

Here’s what you do…

1. Like Handoff, sign in to your iCloud account on all the devices you want to use – including your Mac. (These devices all need to be running iOS 8/OS X Yosemite or later).

2. All devices must be on the same WiFi network.

3. Sign in to FaceTime using your iCloud account.

4. Turn off WiFi calling if you have it on.

Make a call by selecting a phone number from Contacts, Calendar, or Safari. To answer a call, the incoming call message should display on your devices. Select which one you wish to take the call on and slide to answer as per usual Apple protocol.


With Continuity, all the SMS and MMS text messages you send and receive on your iPhone can also be set to appear on your other Apple devices – even if the person you’re receiving messages from doesn’t have an iPhone.

Here’s what you do…

1. Make sure your iPhone is updated to at least iOS 8.1.

2. Enable iMessage on your Mac and iOS devices.

3. Go into Settings > Messages on your iPhone and turn on text message forwarding.

4. You’ll then get a code that you can enter to verify the SMS and MMS feature.

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