Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
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Share Tasks among Devices with Handoff

Handoff, which was introduced in iOS 8 and Yosemite, lets you start a task on one device and continue it on another, without having to save, transfer, and open files. It works with many of Apple’s apps—including Mail, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Safari, and Maps—as well as a short but growing list of third-party apps.

For Handoff to work, you must have the app in question installed on each device—for example, the Yosemite version (or later) of Pages on your Mac and the iOS 8 version (or later) of Pages on your iPhone. In addition, the following must be true for each device:

Start a Task

In most cases, you can merely open a compatible app (such as Mail, Safari, or Maps) to trigger Handoff. Sometimes you may have to take further action, such as opening or creating a document, to give Handoff a specific piece of content to hand off.

But in any case, the key is starting something. If you already have Safari open on your iPhone, going to a new Web page won’t trigger Handoff—but closing and opening Safari will.

Hand Off a Task

Having started a task, go to another device to pick up where you left off:

**①** This icon on the left edge of your Dock indicates a task that can be handed off from another device. Hover over the icon to see the app and device name in a tooltip.
This icon on the left edge of your Dock indicates a task that can be handed off from another device. Hover over the icon to see the app and device name in a tooltip.
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