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How to Fix Handoff Issues Between Mac and iPhone or iPad?

Is Handoff not working as smoothly as you’d like? Try these fixes.

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Handoff belongs to Apple’s ‘Continuity’ suite and allows users to transfer whatever they are doing on their Apple device to another Apple device. This transition works smoothly when all devices are connected to a common network. If you are writing an email on your Macbook and need to leave urgently, you can easily ‘hand it off’ to your iPhone and resume your task on the go. Handoff’s charm and effectiveness lie in its seamless transition. It can get annoying when the tasks take time to transfer between devices. In this article, we bring you the top ways to fix Handoff issues between Mac and iPhone or iPad.

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Check device compatibility 

Check device compatibility 

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Even though Handoff has been around since iOS 8, it is still a good idea to check whether your device supports the Continuity suite. Here are the Apple devices that support Handoff.

iOS 8 or later

iPhone 5 or later

iPad Pro (all models)

iPad 4th generation or newer

iPad mini 1 or newer

iPod touch 5th generation or later

OS X Yosemite or later

MacBook introduced in 2015 or later

MacBook Pro introduced in 2012 or later

MacBook Air introduced in 2012 later

Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later

iMac introduced in 2012 or later

iMac Pro

Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

Mac Studio

watchOS 1.0 or later

Apple Watch (all models)

Check if WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled

Check if WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled

Handoff requires a stable WiFi and Bluetooth connection between devices to function seamlessly. Swipe up and check the control centre to see if WiFi and Bluetooth are enabled on your device. Do the same for your Macbook and Apple Watch. If everything is connected, turn the WiFi and Bluetooth off and then back on.

Restart Handoff on all devices

Restarting Handoff can fix any temporary issues you may be experiencing. On iOS devices, go to Settings>General>Airplay & Settings and turn the toggle bar off and then back on for Handoff. Restart your device after this step.

Follow these steps to restart Handoff on a Mac

Step 1: Click on the Apple Menu and go to System Preferences. Select General.

Step 2: Untick the box for ‘Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.’

Step 3: Restart your Mac.

Step 4: Enable Handoff.

To restart Handoff on your Apple Watch, open the Watch app on your iPhone, go to General, and turn off Handoff. Restart your Apple Watch and then enable Handoff.

Sign out and Sign in on iCloud

All your devices need to be signed in to the same iCloud account to allow smooth usage of Handoff among them. If they are signed in to the same iCloud account, sign out and back in to fix any temporary issues with your account.

Sign out and Sign in on iCloud

To sign out of iCloud on an iOS device, go to Settings>Profile>Sign out. Mac users can sign out of iCloud by accessing System Preferences>Apple ID>Overview>Sign Out. Apple Watch users will be automatically signed out of iCloud on their Watch as soon as they sign out from their iPhone.

Sign out and Sign in on iCloud

Check for software updates

In case a bug is keeping Handoff from working, it may have been patched in the following software update. Here’s how you can update your system software across Apple devices.

iOS: Settings>General>Software Update.

Check for software updates

Mac: System Preferences>Software Update.

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Apple Watch: Settings>General>Software Update. Or, go to the Watch app on your iPhone, tap the My Watch tab, and select General>Software  Update.

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Conclusion

These are the top ways to fix Handoff issues between Mac and iPhone or iPad. If any of the above fixes do not work, you can try resetting the network settings across all your devices. If nothing else works, you can also try performing a factory reset, but make sure you back up all your data beforehand. If any of the fixes mentioned above worked out for you, let us know in the comments!

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