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24/2/2018 0 Comments
(Written by Jim Coulston)
Regular readers of the iTandCoffee Newsletter and visitors to iTandCoffee in Glen Iris will already know that there’s not much that Lynette doesn’t know about iPads, iPhones and Macs - so it will come as no surprise that I was delighted when Lynette introduced me to a feature called ‘Handoff’ recently.
Pick up where you left off - but on a different device
Handoff can be used to move seamlessly between the native Apple Apps (Safari, Mail, Pages etc) from one device to another.
For example, if you have opened a web page on your iPad and want to continue to view it when you sit down with your Mac, you will notice that there is an additional Safari icon (with a small icon indicating where the handoff is coming from) at the bottom left of the dock (or the top if your dock is on the right or left of your screen). On the iPad/iPhone, the handoff symbol at the right end of the dock (as shown in the second image below).
Simply click on the Handoff version of the Safari icon and you will be taken straight to where you left off on your iPad (or vice-versa).
While I think that’s very clever, I find another feature of Handoff to be even more useful - on regular basis!
Copy something on one device and paste on another!
It seems that not a day goes by without me needing to easily move information from one of my Apple devices to another.
For example, we store all of our supplier invoices in a shared Evernote notebook. Unfortunately, the Evernote license I have only permits two devices to be connected to my Evernote account (and I don’t want/need to pay a more expensive subscription to allow more devices).
I am usually working on my Mac, so when a supplier invoice arrives by mail, I need to transfer it to the Evernote notebook on my iPhone/iPad. I could reopen Mail on my iPad, open the attachment again and then open Evernote and save the it there. With Handoff it’s so much easier! All I need to do is to copy the invoice to the ‘clipboard’ on my Mac, then open Evernote on my iPad (or iPhone) and ‘Paste’ the copied invoice.
I have a password safe (called OneSafe) on my iPad that I use to store my various online account information as well as personal/identity documents such as passport number, tax file number, and so on. I make no attempt to remember all of the critical information stored in my password safe and know that it’s regularly backed-up and secure.
However, I am most frequently working on my Mac, so I often find myself needing to transcribe information from the iPad password safe to the Mac. Using Handoff eliminates the need for transcription by allowing me to copy from my iPad and paste on my Mac!
How do you enable this really handy feature?
You'll probably find that the Handoff feature already works without you having to do anything, as it is enabled by default on your Apple devices.
For anyone who finds that Handoff is not working, we've written some instructions on how to enable this feature on your Mac and iPad/iPhone. These instructions are now available as a Handy Hint for iTandCoffee Club members.
Select the below button to view these instructions. If you are not yet a member of our growing community of iTandCoffee Club members, find out more about our Club here.
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