Handoff iOS 8

Apple has introduced a handy new feature in iOS 8 called Handoff, which lets you start a task on one Apple device and pick up right where you left off on another. For instance, you might start composing a long email on your iPhone and sit down at your desk to finish it on your Mac later. Or perhaps you are browsing the web on your Mac, and then keep looking at the same link from your iPad… 

In a world where we increasingly have a second screen at our fingertips, the benefits of Handoff speak for themselves. I have often found myself in situations where I am completing a task on my Mac, only to have to forget about it because I have to leave my desk for some unforeseen reason. The ability to pick up right where I left off on my iPhone or iPad is tremendously useful.

Continuity iOS 8

Handoff works automatically as a background feature on all devices signed into the same iCloud account. You can use Handoff on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac with stock several stock apps, including Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar and Contacts. Developers can also integrate Handoff directly into third-party apps on the App Store.

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite have several improvements that aim to improve continuity between the Mac and iPhone or iPad. Other continuity features include the ability to send or receive phone calls on your iPhone from Mac, send and receive SMS and MMS messages on your iPhone from Messages for Mac, and the intelligent Instant Hotspot for iPads out of Wi-Fi range.

What do you think of Handoff?

  • Matt

    If this was to work with iTunes music/video – or even web – playback it would be awesome.

  • Mark

    Is this feature available in Beta1? If so, I’m unable to see it…

    • Mark

      Same w/ ‘QucikType’ on my iPad Air. I’m assuming some features will be made available on future beta releases… just wanted to confirm if anyone else is having these issues?

      • Quang

        In my case, I have to turn on Auto Correction for the QuickType to show up above the keyboard. Hope this help 🙂

      • Mark

        Auto Correction was on. I just turned it off and rebooted. Afterwards, I’ll re-enable it and see it’s there.- Thanks!

      • Mark

        …still nothing! I’m not sure what it could be?

      • John Wickham

        You have to swipe up or down to show and hide QuickType.

      • Quang

        awww then I’m not sure…probably wait for the beta 2 🙂

      • Ryan James Christensen

        Try adding some keyboards. I found a setting for the Predictive Keyboard under that globe thing by dictation.

      • Sam Blake

        You should see a grey bar above the keyboard? Push it up or pull it down. Can’t remember which

    • solai

      You need to try with iOS 8

      • Mark

        I have iOS 8 [beta] on my iPad Air and Yosemite on my MacBook pro… nothing shows on either.

  • Quang

    My Mac and iPad play together really well. However, I don’t know why my iPhone won’t show up the Continuity 🙁 Anyone know the answer???

    • Markus Hudobnik

      it’s a beta……………………………………..

      • Quang

        Of course I know it’s a beta…I just want to know if anyone has the problem and knows some tricks or hidden settings to fix it.

    • Mark

      Did you have to configure anything on either devices to enable the feature?

      • Quang

        I don’t know lol
        But Apple said there is no option to configure. Just need to be the same iCloud account

      • Mark

        Thanks! I’ll try again once I’m back w/ my MacBook. I’m missing ‘QuickType’ also… I’m going to restore and set up as new, see if that resolves the issue. My iPadAir was JB prior to going to iOS 8 – restoring from backup may be the cause of the issue… not sure, but worth a shot.

      • Sam Blake

        see a grey bar above the keyboard? Slide it up or down. Can’t remember which way now but it resolved it for me

  • Christophe

    I say goodbye to battery life

  • Brian 

    With all these feature-rich battery-consuming features that Apple has announced (requiring Bluetooth to constantly be on), I really hope Apple is focusing highly on multiplying battery life on the iPhone 6! Not just the usual “with all this new amazing technology in the new iPhone, we managed to keep the same awesome battery life”. We need longer battery life!

  • Ryan James Christensen

    I can’t get this to work. Everything is logged into the same account.

  • running beta 8 on an iphone and Yosemite on a mac; but no Handoff. And Im signed into icloud on both devices. Nor does airdrop work, but hey its beta. Wont let me sign into assistive devices either.

  • Kree Terry

    How will this work with families that share accounts? My wife and i both have iPhones and iPads and i have a mac. Will i be able to tell the devices to group calls and apps to my devices and hers to hers?

  • Alex Marwaha

    Would anyone recommend me losing my jailbreak to go to ios 8?? im just wondering if its a good or bad idea…

    • ilikepear

      Nope bad idea. Alot of third party apps is broken, like chrome / whatsapp

  • Anon.

    Would be awesome to reply to whatsapp texts when working on my Mac! 😀

  • Om Chhetri

    i have mid 2011 MacBook Air and Yosemite beta installed on it. but i could´t see this feature on my mac. anybody has solution?

  • Guest

    I think that i´d be awesome if this was to work with whatsapp, facebook messenger, skype and instagram