Continuity is a set of features that allows your macOS and iOS devices to work together seamlessly. These features allow you to start a task on one device and continue on another, or to easily share files, clipboard contents, and more between devices.
Here are some of the most useful Continuity features, and how to use them:
Handoff. This feature allows you to start a task, such as composing an email or browsing a webpage, on one device and then pick up where you left off on another device. To use Handoff, both devices must be logged into the same iCloud account and be within close proximity of each other. When you start a task on one device, an icon will appear on the lock screen of your other devices, allowing you to open the same task there.
Instant Hotspot. This feature allows you to share the internet connection of your iOS device with your Mac. To use Instant Hotspot, both devices must be logged into the same iCloud account and be within close proximity of each other. Simply go to the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac and you’ll see your iOS device listed as a potential hotspot.
SMS Forwarding. This feature allows you to send and receive text messages on your Mac or iPad, using your iPhone’s number. This can be useful if you prefer to use your Mac or iPad for messaging but don’t want to carry your iPhone around with you. To enable SMS forwarding, go to the Settings app on your iPhone, select “Messages,” and then turn on “Text Message Forwarding.”
AirDrop. AirDrop is a feature that allows you to quickly share files between your Mac and iOS devices over Bluetooth and WiFi. To use AirDrop, open a Finder window on your Mac and click “AirDrop” in the sidebar, or open the Share sheet on an iOS device and tap the “AirDrop” icon. Then, simply drag and drop files onto the other device’s icon to transfer them.
AirPlay. AirPlay is a feature that allows you to stream audio and video from your iOS device or Mac to an AirPlay-enabled device, such as an Apple TV or a set of AirPlay speakers. To use AirPlay, open the Control Center on your iOS device or click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar on your Mac. Then, select the device you want to stream to and you’re all set.
Overall, Continuity features are simple but very powerful tools that can help you get things done more efficiently. By linking together your Mac and iOS devices and making it easy to move from one device to another, Continuity can help you spend less time managing your devices and more time focusing on the task at hand.