iPhone Life Magazine - - How To -

With each soft­ware up­date, Ap­ple has found new ways for your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Ap­ple Watch to work to­gether to help you achieve your goals.


With Hand­off, you can com­plete tasks on what­ever de­vice is most con­ve­nient to you at the mo­ment, let­ting you start an email on your Mac, for in­stance, and fin­ish writ­ing it on your iPhone. Ap­ple's built-in apps that sup­port Hand­off in­clude Mail, Sa­fari, Pages, Num­bers, Key­note, Maps, Mes­sages, Re­minders, Cal­en­dar, Con­tacts, and some third-party apps.

To use Hand­off with iOS, you must have a re­cent-model iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch run­ning iOS 8 or later. Com­pat­i­ble desk­top com­put­ers in­clude a 2013 or later Mac Pro, or a 2012 or later MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, or iMac run­ning OS X Yosemite. Your de­vices must be logged in to the same iCloud ac­count, con­nected to the same Wi-Fi net­work, and within Blue­tooth range of one another (about 30 feet).

When you're writ­ing a text mes­sage or look­ing some­thing up in Sa­fari on your iPhone, an icon will ap­pear in the dock on your Mac in­di­cat­ing that you're us­ing a Hand­off-com­pat­i­ble app. Tap the icon in the dock to re­sume us­ing the app on your desk­top com­puter. Like­wise, when you're writ­ing a text on your Mac, you'll see a Mes­sages icon ap­pear on the lower left side of your iPhone's lock screen. Swipe up on the icon to re­sume the text mes­sage. If your iPhone is un­locked, you can dou­ble-press the Home but­ton to ac­cess the Hand­off op­tion in the mul­ti­task­ing pane (as pic­tured on left.)

You can also make calls on your Mac as long as your iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi net­work. Just se­lect a friend in Con­tacts on your Mac and ini­ti­ate the call.

You can con­trol whether you have Hand­off en­abled on your iPhone in Set­tings > Gen­eral > Hand­off & Sug­gested Apps and on your Mac in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > Gen­eral > Al­low Hand­off.


If you make a Siri re­quest with Ap­ple Watch that it can't ful­fill, it will shoot the re­quest to your iPhone. When you see an app icon in the lower-left cor­ner of your iPhone screen, swipe up to use the re­quested app or ser­vice.


With Ap­ple's latest soft­ware up­grades, the com­pany in­tro­duced an im­proved Air­Drop, let­ting you trans­fer files be­tween Macs and iOS de­vices. To do this, you must have a 2012 model or later Mac run­ning OS X Yosemite and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Light­ning con­nec­tor run­ning iOS 7 or later.

To start send­ing and re­ceiv­ing files with Air­Drop, en­able WiFi and Blue­tooth on both your de­vices and make sure they're within range, but not nec­es­sar­ily on the same Wi-Fi net­work. On your iDe­vice, swipe up for Con­trol Cen­ter, turn on Air­Drop, and choose to let your­self be seen by Ev­ery­one or Con­tacts Only. Next time you have a file you'd like to share, tap the Share icon and choose Air­Drop from the list of op­tions.

On your Mac, open the Fin­der win­dow and choose Air­Drop in the side­bar and your de­vice will ap­pear in the win­dow. Drag and drop a file onto your de­vice's icon in the win­dow. Note that if the iPhone or iPad is locked, it won't show up in the Mac fin­der. If you're re­ceiv­ing a file from some­one else, a no­ti­fi­ca­tion will pop up on your phone, giv­ing you the op­tion to ei­ther De­cline or Ac­cept the in­com­ing file. If you send a file to one of your own de­vices logged into the same iCloud ac­count, the file will save au­to­mat­i­cally.

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