Handoff Not Working on iOS 11, MacOS high Sierra, WatchOS 4

Sometimes miss configuration in handoff setup tend to give unable to use handoff between Apple devices. So we need to learn first how to Set of handoff on iPhone iPad iPod Touch apple watch and Mac devices. Also prerequisite conditions for handoff. Recently IOS and Mac OS users reported handoff features suddenly disabled or Handoff not working on iOS 11 correctly after update.

Handoff is one of the most important time management continuity feature that works Between iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac and Apple Watch.

Fixes to consider Handoff continuity not working on iPhone, iPad, Mac, apple watch

11 HandOff Not Working in iOS 11 on iPhone iPad MacOS High Sierra

follow the below prerequisite conditions for use Handoff on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

1. Disable/ Enable Handoff – iPhone, iPad, Mac, apple watch

Turn on iPhone handoff Settings

  1. Go to the settings app

  1. Next Tap on general >  Handoff and enable handoff toggle

Setup handoff On Mac go to the Apple menu > system preference

Enable handoff option for “allow handoff between this Mac and your iCloud iDevice.”

2. Restart devices

Might be you need to restart or reboot devices. The steps reconfigure your call settings and refix all the connections between your devices and set up.

After the restart, the specific device checks it individually handoff is enabled on not using above steps.

3. Sign in with same Apple ID

Sign out and sign in Apple ID on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

You know handoff work for the continuity that means we need perfect security and privacy for all types of work that you want to transfer another device like use logged in account on a banking website, eCommerce website and personal information as well.

So Apple uses common iCloud account between all device within that we are using Handoff between them.  If Apple ID is not signed incorrectly or successfully send Handoff should not work.  Double check you are correct Apple ID or sign out and sign in manually on each device.

On iPhone:  go to the settings app Tap on Profile name >  scroll down To the last tap on the sign-out.

On Mac: Go to the System Preference >  see the iCloud.

1 Sign out Apple ID on Mac for Airdrop not Working

Click on sign out button option.

4. Bluetooth not working

Bluetooth should turn on while we use and of for all the devices. Unfortunately, Bluetooth won’t turn on automatically Handoff from settings app on iPhone or iPad,  like AirDrop.

You must check BlueTooth icon is showing in iPhone iPad status bar on Mac top menu bar.

Enable Bluetooth from settings app or control center in iOS 11

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5. HanfOff compatible devices and operating system,

iOS 8 or later

  • iPhone 5 or newer
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air or newer
  • iPad mini or newer
  • iPod touch (5th generation) or newer

OS X Yosemite or later

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2012 or newer)
  • iMac (2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013)

6. Enable WiFi for HandOff

And All handoff devices required same WiFi network as well. Enable WiFi from the Control Centre or the settings app.

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Note: handoff will not support between apple watch and Mac devices. So we can use and of only between apple watch and iPhone, iPad.

7. Handoff Not Working Between iPhone and Apple Watch

After Updating Apple Watch with new WatchOS 4 (WatchOS 4.1), Make sure HandOff enable on iPhone watch app.

For Apple watch, See in iPhone:  go to Apple watch apps on iPhone tap on general and turn on handoff for Apple watch

1 Enable Handoff on Apple Watch

8. List of apps that work with HandOff on iPhone iPad and Mac

Reminders, Calendars, Contacts, Numbers, Pages, Keynotes, Maps, Mail, Safari and Third Party applications as well

On Mac see the app icon on Dock, Launch It by click on it that you are using continue to work from your iOS device.

10 HandOff App Access on Mac Dock in High Sierra

On iOS device, HandOff application is Accessible on multitasking screen or a lock screen. If you are not on a lock screen, there is an alternate option we can try to use handoff on iOS devices.

9 HandOff Access on iPhone lock screen or Multitasking screen

9. Handoff use for text message forwarding

To use this features we need to enable text message forwarding from iPhone settings.

Go to the settings app on your iPhone iPad >  messages.

  1. Enable send and receive toggle
  2. Enable text message forwarding toggle

Text message forwarding won’t send to the Mac, disable/enable iMessage from iPhone settings.

Device sign in with the same Apple ID

Verify Apple ID In your Mac,  launch message app on Mac. From the top menu Messages >  references.

Click on the accounts, select your a message account and verify your Apple ID data using your iOS device as well.

If your iMessage is turn on for your phone number, You should check the phone number on your Mac settings in place of Apple ID.

10. Reset All Settings

This option is not lost your essential Data, Media files and App documents and Data. This will erase or reset all the settings and return to New setup screen after restart iPhone or iPad.

Go to the Settings > General.

6 Reset iPhone settings


Reset > Reset All Settings.

7 Reset All Settings on iPhone

Forgot all the Saved Wi-Fi Passwords, Personal Hotspot, Apple ID sign-in and more.

11. Check for updates iOS, MacOS and WatchOS 4

Auto fixes all the problems by downloading and installing new updates on iOS and MacOS.

Check-in iOS: Go to the Settings > General > Software Update

Check-in MacOS: Open App store app > Updates in Tab > Download Update and install.

WatchOS Update in Apple Watch: WatchOS 4.1 (Keep apple watch on Charging) Next Go to Watch App in iPhone > My Watch Tab > General > Software Update. It will take several minutes. (Unable to Download and install WatchOS 4 on Apple Watch)

Install Fresh iOS using Clean install, Before factory reset backup iPhone and Get default settings like new iPhone or iPad.

12. Go to the Apple Support:

Get online help from apple help desk, or Go to the nearest Apple Support center for Genius support.

Quick Links: iPhone Repair Service Near Me!

Also Keep Both Devices near to each Other Otherwise it will not responding or take the time to show up on Dock.

Above all are the essential tips fix Handoff not working in iOS 11 after the update or use/ setup with a New apple device.