Handoff Safari In Mac & iOS

The MacOS has some very nice features. I say that even before moving into the upcoming Catalina operating system. One of those features is Handoff. Apple describes Handoff as, With Handoff, you can start work on one device, then switch to another nearby device and pick up where you left off. This may not mean much to you if you do not own a Mac and iOS Device of some kind. However, if you own both like many Mac people, then Handoff can be very handy. It is simple to use.


To use Handoff on your Mac and iOS Device the two have to be close to each other and all the usual stuff needs to be turned on (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc). And, Handoff needs to be activated in your iOS Device. To do that go into the General Settings and Tap on Handoff:

iOS Handoff

Then, make sure the Handoff Slider is “green”:

Handoff Green

Then go into the General Preference Pane in the Mac System Preferences and make sure Handoff is activated there also:

Mac Handoff

Now just open a webpage in the Safari web browser in iOS and open one in Safari on your Mac. On the iPad for instance, the Mac Safari page looks like this:

iPad Safari

When you Tap on that Safari icon with that little screen symbol on it, the Safari web page is opened in the iPad Safari.

On the Mac Dock you will see the iPad Safari on the left side:

Safari Dock

When you click on the iPad Safari webpage on your Mac it will open in a Tab in Safari.

So, what is the big value of Handoff. This is my workflow on my Apple Devices. I do a lot with my iPad in the evenings in front of the TV. Sometimes I am doing something on the iPad Safari, but it is much easier to complete the transaction or process on the iMac. Ordering stuff comes to mind here. So, I walk into my office, click on the iPad Safari web page and finish. I do occasionally do the reverse, opening an iMac Safari page on my iPad, but the usual direction is iPad to iMac.

By the way, if you do not want to be bothered with Handoff on iOS or Mac, you can follow this procedure to turn it off.


The Handoff feature is part of what Apple calls Continuity. There are several Continuity  Features in the MacOS, I will cover some at a later time.