Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

With the release of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced some cool features: Handoff and AirDrop. If you have both an iOS device and a Mac, they can communicate more than ever before.

For instance, you can start writing a message on your iPhone and seamlessly continue on your Mac. Similarly, you can work on a Numbers spreadsheet on your Mac and instantly access it on your iPad by swiping the lock screen up.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

While all of this sounds nice, not all Macs are supported. In fact, some Macs capable of implementing this feature were left without it. This was my case, since I have a 2011 Macbook Air that uses Bluetooth 4.0 (required for these features) and yet this Mac was left out. The 2011 Mac mini was also not supported. Thankfully, if you own one of these Macs, developers have created ‘Continuity Activation Tool’, a tool that will enable Continuity and AirDrop on your Mac. Let’s see how to use this tool.

Important Note: Back up everything before proceeding, as this trick will change important files on your Mac. Proceed at your own risk and only if you know what you are doing. This tool disables OS X security features to work, so make sure to read the ‘Warning’ section on this website before proceeding.

Enabling Continuity Features

Step 1: Download the Continuity Activation Tool from the website (link is on the right) and run it.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

If your Mac’s security settings are set to only download apps from the Mac App Store, you need to go to your Mac’s Security & Privacy settings in Preferences to open this tool.

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Step 2: After running the tool, open the Terminal app and enter your password when prompted. Press Enter to proceed.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

On the next screen, choose option 1 to activate Continuity.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

Step 3: After some time, the Terminal is likely to show an error and prompt you to restart your Mac.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

Before rebooting, disable iCloud on both your Mac and iOS device to eliminate the error and enable Continuity. Your data will be preserved. I followed this process and regained all my files after re-enabling iCloud.

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Step 4: Reboot your Mac and run the Continuity Activation Tool again until it completes error-free. If desired, restart your Mac one more time.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

Re-sign into iCloud on your Mac and iOS device.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

Now on your Mac, go to Preferences > General, and you’ll find a new option (the second one from the bottom) to enable Handoff between your devices. Check it.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

On your iOS device, go to Settings > General to enable Handoff.

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Using Continuity Features

Now for the exciting part: using these new features. Once set up, there’s almost nothing to do. For example, to use Handoff, just use a supported app on your Mac or iOS device and pick up the other device. Let’s say I’m using Safari, Numbers, or Messages on my Mac. All I have to do is pick up my iPhone and I’ll see one of the screens below.

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I just swipe up and I’m taken to the app on my Mac, to the exact spot/phrase/formula I was working on. Pretty neat.

If you are already using your iPhone, just head all the way to the left in multitasking view to access Handoff.

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Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

Now, when using your iPhone and accessing your Mac, you will find the app you were using on your phone on the left side of the Dock as an icon. This allows you to open it exactly where you left off on your iOS device.

Enable Handoff On Older Macs That Are Not Supported

AirDrop now enables communication between Mac and iOS devices. Activate it on both devices and go to the AirDrop folder to exchange files.

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Once you start using these features, you’ll see it was worth enabling them. Hopefully Apple will change their minds about leaving some Macs without them in the future. But if that doesn’t happen, you can already enjoy them right now.

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