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How to configure and use Handoff with Yosemite and iOS 8

Now that it's officially released OS X Yosemite, along with the iOS 8 devices you can now fully utilize the new feature Handoff. After having already spoken in this article where we saw which Macs are Handoff compatible, now let's see how Handoff works with Yosemite.

After verifying that your Mac is compatible with Handoff now necessary that the devices are connected / paired via Bluetooth, and this will allow you to start a seamless operation on a device and resume it on another device. For example, you can start writing an article on your iPad and then continue on your Mac, or start writing an email on your iPhone and complete it on your iPad. Moreover, Handoff with Yosemitealso works with calls, allows make / receive calls is send / receive messages directly on the Mac without having to touch your iPhone / iPad.

This is what Handoff does

It is necessary for the devices to be connected to the same iCloud account and the Bluetooth activated, so thatHandoff can allow you to move your workflow from one device to another.

On the Mac, you will have an additional dock separate from the main dock, which indicates what is running on iOS devices. On the iOS device, on the lock screen you will have an icon that indicates the application that is used on Mac. Currently it works with Apple applications, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Safari, Reminders, Messages, Maps, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. In addition, developers can add Handoffin their applications as they have already done in Things and in other applications. Now let's see how to set up Handoff and how to use it.


To use the functions of Handoff with Yosemiteyou need to have a iMac 2012, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro at the end of 2013. Furthermore, you need a iOS device with iOS 8 and Bluetooth enabled. Since Handoff works via Bluetooth, the devices must be located within thirty meters. Finally, all Apple devices must be connected to the same iCloud account.

Configure Handoff with Yosemite

Now that we have verified and met the requirements for Handoff, let's make sure it's enabled. On the iOS device go to Settings and select General. Then click on Recommended handoffs and appsto make sure it is activated.

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<p><img class=Now that Handoff set and enabled, let's see how it works.

How does it work

Above we said that one of the possible ways to use Handoff with Yosemite to start writing an article on your iPad and finish it on your Mac. To do this, we use Notes for iOS is Notes for Mac. I'm starting to write in Notes on the iPad.

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<p>While I'm writing on the iPad now a <strong>dock</strong> that different from the main dock on my Mac. In this new one <strong>dock</strong>, the application is shown <strong>Note</strong> with an iPad icon at the top right, which means <em>I'm using Note on iPad</em>. If you want to keep the new dock hidden, to see that you are using the application <strong>Note</strong> <strong>on my iPad</strong>, hold down the key <strong>Command and the Tab key</strong>, at the same time on the keyboard to display the switcher app, or you can place the cursor on where the <strong>dock</strong> should appear and pull it up.</p>
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On my iPad I'm working on, the App Mail appears with two visual indications. In the visible lock screen an icon located at the bottom left and swiping upwards will allow me to show my email message that I had started. Or the other method to view the mail, to use the App Switcher and swipe from left to right to view the application you are using, and tapping on it will open Mail and open on the message you were working on.

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<p>in order that <strong>Handoff</strong> may work, the device you were initially working on must be active and unlocked. For example, you are viewing a website on your iPad and the iPad automatically crashes, you cannot see the website with Handoff on the Mac until the iPad is unlocked and reactivated.</p>
<p>This is all about how it uses <strong>Handoff with Yosemite</strong>, which will help improve workflows and productivity among different Apple devices. Let us know if you find it really useful in your work.</p>
<p><strong>You may also be interested in:</strong><strong>How to activate Handoff, Instant Hotspot and AirDrop on unsupported Macs</strong></p>