Using Continuity

Continuity features connect iPhone with your iPad, iPod touch so they can work together as one. You can start an email or document on iPhone, for example, and then pick up where you left off on your iPad. You can use your iPad to make phone calls through your iPhone.

Continuity features include Handoff, Phone Calling, and Instant Hotspot.


Use Handoff with Apple apps such as Mail, Safari, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts. You can also use Handoff with some third-party apps. Start a document, email, or message on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.

To use Handoff, you need two or more of these Apple products:

  • iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 4s (sharing iPhone calls only)
  • iPad (4th generation), iPad Air
  • iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display
  • iPod touch (5th generation)

These devices must use iOS 8 or later.

Here’s how to get started:

  • Turn on Bluetooth on both devices and sign in to the same iCloud account.
  • Use one of the apps listed above on one of your devices.
  • On your second device, swipe up from the bottom-left edge of the Lock screen, where you see the app’s activity icon.
    Handoff on the Lock screen
  • You can also go to the multitasking display by double-clicking the Home button. Then tap the app.
    Handoff in multitasking display

To turn off Handoff on your devices, go to Settings > General > Handoff & Suggested Apps.

Handoff & Suggested Apps

Phone calls

To make and receive phone calls on your iPad or iPod touch, here’s what you need:

  1. Your iPhone and your iPad or iPod touch need to use iOS 8 or later.
  2. Both devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Both devices must be signed in to FaceTime using the same Apple ID.
    This means any iOS device that shares your Apple ID will get your phone calls. Look below for instructions on how to turn off iPhone cellular calls.
  4. Wi-Fi Calling needs to be off.

Make a call

To make a phone call on your iPad or iPod touch, tap or click a phone number in Contacts, Calendar, or Safari.

All Contacts

You can also tap a phone number from a recent contact in the multitasking display.

Contact in Multitasking display

Answer a call

To answer a phone call on your iPad or iPod touch, just slide to answer:

Answer a call

Turn off iPhone cellular calls

To turn off iPhone Cellular Calls on a device, go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off iPhone Cellular Calls.

Instant hotspot

You can use Personal Hotspot on your iPhone to provide Internet access to your other devices. You’ll need to sign in to iCloud using the same Apple ID as your iPhone. Also, your cellular provider needs to provision your Personal Hotspot.

To get Internet access from your phone, go to Settings > Wi-Fi on your other iOS device and select your phone.