How to use Handoff in OS X Yosemite

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Handoff is one of the flagship features for both iOS and OS X. It allows you to seamlessly continue working where you left off on another device.

In this video tutorial, I’ll walk you through making sure that Handoff is enabled for your device, and show you how it can be used. Step inside to learn more.

To use Handoff, both your Mac and iOS devices should be connected to the same iCloud account and have Bluetooth on. You’ll also need to enable Handoff in System PreferencesGeneral on the Mac, and SettingsGeneralHandoff & Suggested Apps on iOS.

Open a supported app on your iOS device, such as Safari, Mail, or Messages, and you should see the Handoff app appear to the left of the Finder app in your Mac’s Dock. Click the Handoff app to launch the app on your Mac and pick up where you left off.

To pick up Mac apps from your iOS device, open the iOS App Switcher, and swipe to the left-most card. You can also access Handoff apps from the iOS Lock Screen.

Do you plan on using Handoff to easily pick up where you left off in your workflow? Sound off down below in the comments.

This post is an excerpt from iDB’s Yosemite Interactive Starter Guide. To learn about some of OS X Yosemite’s most outstanding new features, and to support iDB, you can download it on the iBooks Store for $0.99.

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