Sunday, October 19, 2014

How to Make Phone Calls From Mac / Connect Handoff with iPhone

Two great new feature that comes with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 is Handoff and Continuity. It connects your devices together and allows you to start something from one device and pick up and continue from another. Another feature of Handoff that you'll either love or hate is the ability to receive and make phone calls from you Mac.

To connect your iPhone with your Mac, follow these steps and make sure these settings are switched on:

1. Make sure you are logged in to iCloud on all the devices you want to connect. On a iPhone/iPod Touch /iPad, go to: Settings > iCloud.  On a Mac go to: System Preferences > iCloud.

2. Also on your iPhone, go to Settings > FaceTime. Make sure the option "iPhone Cellular Calls" is switched on. This option allows you to use your iPhone's cellular connection to make the receive calls on other devices signed in to your iCloud account. By the way, this is the setting to switch off if you do not want other devices (like you Mac) to ring when you receive a call on your iPhone.

3. Next, on your iPhone (and iPad/iPod Touch if you also want it connected), open Settings, then tap General, then tap Handoff & Suggested Apps. Make sure Handoff is switched on.

4. Now on your Mac, open System Preferences, then click General.

5. Towards the bottom of the window, under Recent Items is a option for Handoff. Make sure "Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices" is checked on.

And that's it! Your iOS devices should now all work in harmony together. With that said, Handoff does still seem a little buggy. Sometimes things work - and sometimes they may not. If you experience any problems getting Handoff to work, try the basic steps of switching off and on your devices. Also note that for Handoff to work, all connected devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.


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