Why won't Handoff work on my iPhone?

Apple Handoff

Handoff is a feature in iOS 8.0 that allows you to start a document or email on your iPhone and complete it on your Mac, iPad or iPod touch. Handoff is only supported on these devices:

  • iPhone 5 or later
  • Both iPad Pro models
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air or later
  • iPad mini or later
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or later

Mac models running OS X Yosemite or later:

  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
  • iMac (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 and later)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Handoff works with most Apple apps like Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. It also works with some supported third-party apps.

For Handoff to work all your devices or Mac have to connected to the same Wi-Fi network and have Bluetooth enabled. You can check your Wi-Fi network in the Settings app on your iOS device. Bluetooth can be enabled by swiping up on your Home screen to open Control Center. Just tap the Bluetooth icon so it is highlighted.

If all these requirements are met and Handoff still doesn't work, navigate to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps and make sure the Handoff slider is ON / GREEN. On your Mac you can navigate to System Preferences > General and make sure the Allow Handoff setting is checked.