If you have a Mac and iPhone, you can link them together to make calls or send and receive text messages from your Mac.
If you're a Mac and an iPhone user, you know life is easier when your workflow is synced across both devices. From copying and pasting from one device to another, to browsing and entering an unfinished chat on another device, working across the Apple ecosystem is a breeze.
If you work on your Mac most of the time, receiving and making calls and texts on your Mac – through your iPhone – is an important feature to use.
How to set up your devices
Most importantly, you need to make sure that your devices meet the continuity system requirements. That said, both your Mac and iPhone should:
Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID
Sign in to FaceTime with the same Apple ID
Activate WiFi and connect to the same network
How to set up iPhone calling on your Mac
After you've set up both your Mac and iPhone to meet the continuity requirements above, you can set up your Mac to make and receive calls directly on your iPhone.
On your Mac:
Go to the menu bar, then click FaceTime> Settings.
Under the the settings Tab, check mark Calls from the phone.
Tick both the Apple ID and the mobile phone number under. are specified They are available for Facetime at. This way, you can make calls right from your Mac using FaceTime, Mail, Safari, and many other apps.
On your iPhone:
Go to Settings> Phone.
Tap Calls on other devices.
Switch Allow calls on other devices. Once you enable this you should see your other device suggested under suggested Allow calls on, to like (Your name) MacBook Pro (Mac). Turn this on.
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You can now call phone numbers through FaceTime by typing a name or number in the search box and then clicking Audio. If you want to call elsewhere, just tap the recognized phone number.
A pop-up window will appear with the number with the message Click Call to make this call. You can click Call to continue the call or Cancel to discard the request.
You can also answer calls directly. For example, if someone calls you on your iPhone, a notification will appear on your Mac as long as it's nearby. Just click the notification to reply. To stop receiving calls, simply go back to FaceTime and turn off Calls from the phone.
How to set up messages
As with calling, you can also set up your iPhone and Mac to receive and send SMS and MMS on your Mac.
Once you've verified that both devices meet Apple's continuity requirements and that you're signed in to iMessage with your Apple ID on both devices, you can now turn on messaging through your Mac. In order to do this:
to open announcements.
Go to the menu bar. click Messages> Settings.
Press the iMessage Tab. Then tick Enable messages in iCloud.
Likewise, you need to set up this feature on your iPhone as well. Here's how:
Go to Settings> Messages.
Tap Send receive. You should see both your mobile number and your Apple ID. You can send, reply, and start new conversations from your Apple ID or mobile phone number.
In order for your text messages to be sent and received by your iPhone on your Mac, you need to enable text message forwarding. In order to do this:
Go back to Settings> Messages.
Tap SMS forwarding, and then toggle the switch to allow your Mac or other device to send and receive messages from your iPhone.
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Work seamlessly on your Apple devices
Apple's continuity feature isn't limited to the iPhone and Mac; The function is available on all Apple devices and creates a seamless workflow throughout the Apple ecosystem.
Not only does this save you time jumping from one device to another, which cuts off your swing, it also makes for a smoother flow of communication, reducing delays, dead air, and missed messages or calls.
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About the author
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Rachel Melegrito gave up her college teaching career to become a full-fledged content writer. She loves everything from Apple – from iPhones to Apple Watches to MacBooks. She is also a licensed occupational therapist and budding SEO strategist.
By Rachel Melegrito
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