Setup Handoff on OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 – How to

Apple this year has increased its focus on the integration between its desktop and mobile OS offerings. With the latest iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, a number of new features like Continuity and Handoff are being offered. These features essentially allow a user to have a seamless workflow across the devices - start a task on one device and keep working on another, never interrupting the work. This guide will help you to successfully setup handoff on OS X Yosemite 10.10 and iOS devices to experience this helpful feature.

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Setup Handoff on Older / Unsupported Macs

While handoff is currently an unavailable feature in the beta; however, devs and testers have found a way to enable this "hidden" feature in the beta builds.

Prerequisites before you setup Handoff on OS X Yosemite:

  • Bluetooth and WiFi should be turned on on both iOS and OS X devices.
  • Ensure that your both devices are on the same WiFi network.
  • Log on to the same iCloud account on both the devices.
  • Also ensure to have logged on FaceTime with the same account to have phone calls feature work.
  • Hand Off wouldn't work if your Safari is in Private mode.

How to setup Handoff on OS X Yosemite and iOS:

Here are the steps to help you setup Handoff on OS X Yosemite 10.10:

  • Go to About this Mac and then System Report.
  • Under the Bluetooth Category, ensure that your LMP version is be0x6 as anything below that wouldn't work for this guide.
  • Next, go to System preferences General and then click on the allow handoff box at the bottom.
  • Now, on your iOS 8 powered device, go to Settings General and enable hand off.
  • Again go to your Mac and open FaceTime > preferences and check the allow iPhone calls box.

Once you have set all things up, here is how to verify that Hand Off is working:

  • When opening a new web page on Safari on your iOS device, you will get a bouncing icon on your Mac dock.
  • When opening a web page on Mac, your iOS device lock screen will show you an icon placed opposite to the camera icon. Swipe it up to open it.
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