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How to Turn on Hand-Off in OSX Yosemite and iOS 8

It’s not exactly obvious how to activate/enable the new continuity hand-off feature Apple announced at WWDC 2014. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Install OSX Yosemite & iOS8 (obviously)

  2. On your OSX machine, go to Settings then General

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  3. Near the bottom, there is a checkbox to turn on Hand Off.

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  4. Bluetooth must be turned on on both the iOS8 & OSX Yosemite device. The first time I did this I had to pair the two devices together. This appears to be a known issue as identified in the official release notes as well.

  5. Try going to Safari or Mail on the iPhone. You should see an icon pop up on the left side of the dock on the Yosemite computer. Click & Enjoy.

Known Issues / Workarounds

  1. On the Yosemite computer, when I go to Bluetooth preferences, my phone shows up but is “Not Conntected”
  2. The bluetooth icon in the top bar in Yosemite may not show the “connected” icon, just the normal icon. This is OK.
  3. When I open the Mail app on the iPhone, sometimes I need to open a new compose window and type at least one character for the HandOff icon to appear in the Yosemite dock.
  4. Ensure that both the iOS and Yosemite devices have the same iCloud account connected.

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