How to Use FaceTime Handoff on iPhone and Mac

As time goes on, FaceTime will likely have many useful video calling features. Now that FaceTime is available for Android, it’s simple to share your screen over FaceTime. Additionally, you can now transfer FaceTime calls between devices with ease thanks to iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. Therefore, you may simply and smoothly transfer a FaceTime call from one Apple device to another, whether you answered it on your iPhone or Mac. Here’s how to swap between an iPhone and a Mac during FaceTime talks.

Use Handoff to Swap FaceTime Calls Between iPhone and Mac

Switch FaceTime Calls Between iPhone and Mac

Move FaceTime Call from iPhone to Mac

Here’s how to go if you answered a FaceTime call on your iPhone and now want to continue the connection on your Mac.

  • Unlock your Mac and bring your iPhone closer to it. You will see a FaceTime icon in the menu bar.
  • Click on this icon and you will see an option to switch your FaceTime call to the Mac. Click on Switch
  • The FaceTime app will open, and you can click on the Join button to move the call to your Mac.

Move FaceTime Call from Mac to iPhone

On the other hand, here’s how to switch a call that you’ve already answered on your Mac to your iPhone.

  • Unlock your iPhone, and you should see a FaceTime icon on the top bar of your phone. Tap on this.

Note: The symbol appears to be broken in the most recent iOS 16 Public Beta. Nothing happens when you tap it. There is, however, a workaround. As demonstrated in the screenshot below, you can access the notification centre and tap on the notification there.

  • Once the FaceTime app opens, simply tap on Switch , and the FaceTime call will be switched from your Mac to your iPhone.

Fix FaceTime Handoff Not Working Between iPhone and Mac

When the devices were upgraded to iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, the ability to transfer FaceTime calls worked right out of the box in our testing. However, there are a few things you should check in case the choice isn’t appearing for you.

Ensure that Your iPhone and Mac are Connected to the Same Apple ID

To begin with, Handoff requires that the same Apple ID be signed in on all of your devices. Therefore, ensure that the same Apple ID is used to log into both your Mac and your iPhone.

Check the iPhone’s Apple ID

Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap the Apple ID banner. You can view the Apple ID you used to sign in again here.

You can quickly update your Apple ID if necessary without wiping the data from your iPhone.

Verify Apple ID on a Mac.

On your Mac, open Settings and select the Apple ID banner at the top as seen in the screenshot below to check your Apple ID.

The Apple ID that you re-signed in with on your Mac will then be visible to you. You can log out of this Apple ID if necessary and log back in using the one associated with your iPhone.

Enable Handoff on iPhone and iPad

1. Select General in the Settings app on your iPhone.

2. After that, make sure the toggle next to Handoff is switched on by tapping on AirPlay & Handoff.

Turn on Handoff on Mac

1. Select System Settings from the Apple menu in the upper-left corner of the screen.

2. Next, select AirDrop & Handoff under General.

3. Verify that Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices is selected.

Turn on Wi-Fi on Your iPhone

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tap Wi-Fi. Now, ensure that your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Enable Bluetooth on your iPhone

  • Head over to the Settings app on your device -> Bluetooth and then make sure that it is turned on. Alternately, you can bring up the Control Center and tap on the Bluetooth icon to turn it on.

Enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on Mac

  • Thanks to the Control Center, turning on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is also pretty easy on Mac. Click on the Control Center icon at the upper-right corner of the screen. After that, head into the respective Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings and enable them.

Switch FaceTime Calls Between iPhone, iPad, and Mac with Ease

So that’s how you can effortlessly switch FaceTime calls between your Mac and iPhone. Since I frequently take calls on one device and wish to continue them on another, I personally find this new Continuity function to be quite helpful. That entire process is simple and uncomplicated with FaceTime handoff. But I’m curious what you have to say about it. Post your comments to let us know what you think.