iPhone, iPad and Mac syncing Tips and tricks


 By  Rhiannon Williams 



When it comes to the great operating system divide, one of the key arguments you'll hear from Apple die-hards is the expression "it just works". While Windows 10 in particular has done much to bridge cross-platform workflow between phones, tablets and desktops, Apple's methods of stitching together iOS and OS X is arguably more sophisticated.

Read on for handy hints and tips for working across and sending information between iPhones, iPads and Macs.

iCloud Drive


Your iCloud Drive is your online storage vault for documents, photos and other files, which are accessible across Apple's entire range of devices. iOS 9 includes an iCloud Drive app, and users are encouraged to add documents into it to access them swiftly and without having to email files back and forth.

Your iCloud Drive is automatically hidden from your homescreen on iOS, but you can turn it on by going into Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive > Toggle the Show on Home Screen switch to on. Edits made to files saved in the iCloud Drive will automatically be reflected in all versions across your various devices. 

The iCloud Drive folder in OS X is stored in the Finder menu on the left-hand side.

iPhone, iPad and Mac syncing Tips and tricks
How the iCloud Drive appears across devices

Continuity 


Continuity is the umbrella term for a raft of features Apple introduced during its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in 2014 designed to start and complete tasks across both iOS and OS X-running devices. 

These features include Handoff, for starting a text or email on one device and finishing it on another, cellular calls for answering phone calls on iPad and Mac, SMS support for receiving texts and iMessages across all devices and Instant Hotspot for connecting to the internet.

Handoff


In order to use Handoff, you must be signed into your iCloud account using the same Apple ID across all your devices, as well as connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Ensure Bluetooth is also turned on. 

Apple apps with inbuilt Handoff support include Messages, Mail, Safari web browser and Maps, allowing you to open web pages on your iPhone you'd been previously browsing on your MacBook by tapping the Handoff icon in the bottom left hand corner of the iPhone/iPad lockscreen, or on the appropriate icon on your Mac's doc.

iPhone, iPad and Mac syncing Tips and tricks
How the Handoff icon appears in the Dock

Cellular calls and SMS Support


You can also make calls and send and receive texts from devices other than your phone thanks to SMS and cellular calls cross-platform support. The calls and messages are relayed through your iPhone's call/text allowance when the devices are on the same Wi-Fi network and your iOS device is running iOS 8 or above, while the Mac must have upgraded to OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

To forward text messages to other devices open Settings on your iPhone > Messages > Send & Receive, and tick the boxes next to both your phone number and email address associated with your Apple ID. 

Should you grow fed up of your non-phone gadgets ringing, you can turn calls off by going to Settings > FaceTime and turning off iPhone Cellular Calls for iOS, and FaceTime > Preferences and deselecting iPhone Cellular Calls on OS X.

Instant Hotspot


Instant Hotspot allows you to connect devices under the same Apple ID to tether your MacBook or iPad to use your iPhone's connectivity. The hotspot will appear in the list of Wi-Fi connections in the upper right task bar on a Mac, while it can be accessed via Settings > Wi-Fi on an iPad.

iPhone, iPad and Mac syncing Tips and tricks
How to connect your MacBook to your iPhone's internet connection

AirDrop


AirDrop is a handy way of sharing photos, directions or documents, bypassing the need to email or send texts. iOS devices must run iOS 7 or later, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth must be turned on. 

Airdrop is activated on iOS by pulling up the Control Centre menu from the bottom of the screen, and selecting who you'd like to send the file to by telling it to display contacts only, turn it off altogether or by making yourself visible to all other Airdrop-running devices nearby.

iPhone, iPad and Mac syncing Tips and tricks
Time to select the contact to share your file with
 
Once you've selected the contact to send the file to, they must accept the request from you - much like sharing a file over Bluetooth.

Maps


Share directions plotted on Apple Maps on a desktop computer or iPad to an iPhone via several methods. The first of these is by tapping the share button to the right of the search bar on desktop and selecting the device you'd like to send it to, or by selecting AirDrop and accepting it on the phone.

Courtesy of telegraph 

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