2011 MacBook Pros can support Handoff/Continuity

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by abcdefg12345, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. MacBookJames macrumors newbie


    Aug 10, 2016
    Sorry - I should have added. AirDrop, Handoff/Continuity is not working. I just thought this information might help diagnose the problem.

    I should also add when the activation tool was run it said that continuity should be working - as did the system profiler.

    Does anybody have any clues?
  2. Da_Hollow macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2016
  3. Yabadabadoo macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2016
    I'm having a problem with my BCM94331PCIEBT4CAX card. The Bluetooth and Handoff works fine, but my wifi is really slow. Trying to load a website will usually stall. Apple's wireless diagnostics says my Tx rate is 5 Mbps. When I put my old card back in, the Tx rate is 195 Mbps. I'm running El Capitan. I disabled SIP and used Continuity Activation Tool 2.3.

    Anyone know what could be wrong. Could the new card be defective?

  4. mac_dummy, Oct 11, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2016

    mac_dummy macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2016

    Late 2011 MBP
    Got a CAX card coming.
    This one


    That should work right?

    Also, with 10.10.5 does it still work? Do I just install the card then run the

    Or do I follow the steps outlined at the beginning?



    I just realized the wifi doesn't support AC. Which card do I need exactly?
  5. phoenix155 macrumors newbie


    Jun 12, 2009
    Does this still need to be done for MacOS Sierra (10.12.1)? Thanks!
  6. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
  7. amanda650 macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2016
    I did a bad thing. :oops: I bought the bluetooth card was all ready to upgrade my Mac, but I didn't read through everything before I got started. I ran the first Terminal command before I even installed the card (sudo nvram boot-args="kext-dev-mode=1"). Then I realized you were supposed to install the card first. So I looked for those instructions only to realize that the card for the 2011 fix doesn't fit my mid 2010 machine. :( So now I am wondering two things:
    1. Does anyone know if there's a way to upgrade Bluetooth on the mid 2010 Mac (some old 2014 posts say no, but I'm hoping there's new info)
    2. I ran this command in Terminal to undo the boot arguments change: sudo nvram boot-args="" Is that all I need to do? My wifi and bluetooth are working.
    Thanks! :D
  8. ogoidluis macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2014
    If its the 13' model the only way is to use an USB dongle
  9. amanda650 macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2016
  10. amanda650 macrumors newbie


    Nov 30, 2016
    The thing is, I can't find any newer cards. I can only find replacement cards of the same part number as what is already in the machine. Which new card is compatible with my mid-2010 15" MBP?
  11. phoenix155 macrumors newbie


    Jun 12, 2009
    I installed this Bluetooth 4.0 card with no issues. However, I haven't done anything in Terminal yet and it's working just fine. I'm not going to mess with the innards any more in the hopes that I won't have to! Thanks, everyone.
  12. redpandadev macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    I have been using CAT to activate continuity tool on a 2011 MBP with upgraded bluetooth card. Everything has always worked great, but one annoyance has been having to logout and log back in to iCloud when enabling after an OS update (especially since I've been using 10.12.2 betas). I've finally found a workaround to not have to log out and back in to iCloud.

    1) Create a new user (admin/standard doesn't matter)
    2) Log in to the new user, skipping iCloud login in the setup assistant
    3) Log in to iCloud in system preferences of the new user
    4) Wait about 5 minutes for Handoff to kick in - keep an app that supports Handoff open on your iOS device and you'll notice it's working when you get an icon in the Dock for the Handoff
    5) Log out of the new user you created and into your normal user
    6) You will notice that Handoff is now working for your normal user
    7) Delete the new user you created, if desired

    Hopefully this saves someone else the trouble of logging out and back in to iCloud (for me it was a problem because iCloud Drive and iCloud Photo Library always insisted on re-syncing which took hours of high CPU use)
  13. caughron01, Dec 9, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016

    caughron01 macrumors newbie


    Dec 9, 2016
    I am new to mac and I have a 2011 13". I have combed through many of these pages trying to learn how to do this properly. I tried to download the kext from here, http://d-h.st/2eZ it just keeps opening spam pages when clicking all of the download links. Is there somewhere to get the proper file without all the spam junk?

    Also I am running Sierra, so still hoping this post can apply to my setup.

    Do I even need to do this if I have downloaded the CAT? Or is this a separate piece of the setup?

    I can get my way around technology fairly well, I just don't want to screw this up being my first in depth mac mod.


  14. caughron01 macrumors newbie


    Dec 9, 2016
    Hoping someone can help me, so I was able to get the chip installed successfully, everything worked as it should when I connected my MX Master. Then I went to connect my phone with my mac and it starting going crazy now nothing will connect. Please Help . Edit **Note- so far my wifi is working just fine without issues.

    See video,
  15. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    Your previous post states you downloaded a file however all you need to do is run the CAT tool. Have you done this?
  16. caughron01 macrumors newbie


    Dec 9, 2016
    I did not end up utilizing that file from http://d-h.st/2eZ because I could never figure out how to actually download it.

    I just installed the new chip, and ran the CAT tool. After doing that it apparently broke something. So I deleted the bluetooth files, reset the bluetooth chip, and reset PRAM and so far everything is working. I have been doing a lot of googling, and I think I am to the point of working. Just trying to learn more about all of continuity and what it can do to benefit my use.
  17. caughron01, Dec 16, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2016

    caughron01 macrumors newbie


    Dec 9, 2016
    So now I am having to regularly reset my pram to keep this working, any ideas?
    My MX Master shows connected in the bluetooth menu but does not respond.
  18. FormerAppleMgr macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2017
    Could you help with mine? I'm getting terminal errors that say not permitted.

  19. theoholdt macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2017
    i just ****ed up my computer trying to do this. is there a way to undo?
  20. FormerAppleMgr macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2017
    --- Post Merged, Mar 30, 2017 ---
    Thank you so much. The same day I posted the question I found the continuity tool and it works wonders. You just have to make sure that you install OS on a USB thumb drive and then you will able to disable SIP For continuity to work. I've been transferring files all day long from my phone to 2011 MBP and loving it
  21. ExplorerExplorer macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2017
    Is it possible to upgrade this for 10.13 High Sierra?
  22. MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2015
    Hi there,

    use some old MBPs of 2011 and one of the last cMBP 2012 (Production in 2013) .

    Need now sometimes to use handoff to connect MBP (Sierra) and iPhone (IOS 10) to transfer documents elaborated on my MBP via my iPhone and back.

    System Information of my cMBP 2012 shows 3x "yes" (Bluetooth 4.0).
    But the MBP has only a/n WiFi and not a/c

    Will I be able to use Handoff without changing Kext?
    Will I have to buy a a/c WiFi USB-stick to work in "continuity" as well?

    Many Thanks in advance....
  23. benji888 macrumors 68000


    Sep 27, 2006
    United States
    I’m not sure why you’re asking, if you own the 2012 MBP, you should be able to find out. Anyway, the 2012 MBP should give you full continuity/handoff, as long as both devices are signed in to the same Apple ID. If not, you may be able to use some functions, but not all. (AirDrop for photos should work, but, not sure about document handoff, I don’t have a Mac new enough to try).What is required is WiFi direct and BT 4.0, ac WiFi is not required. (You may have to turn the handoff function on with the Mac.) also: iPhone: Settings>General>Handoff

    2011 MBP will do some things, like iMessage, SMS, phone calls, again if logged into same Apple ID, and functions turned on with the Mac. (I use these functions with my 2010 MBP -Sierra)

    You also need to go into iPhone settings for the above to work, Settings>Phone>Calls on Other Devices, Settings>Messages>Text Message Forwarding
  24. pavelecbass macrumors newbie


    Nov 4, 2017

    I Already installed the new internal card for 4.0bluetooth, I´m using high sierra, and I can´t activate the continuity .... pleas can you help me??
    --- Post Merged, Nov 4, 2017 ---
    High sierra and the bluetooth upgrade doesn´t works.... please help me.

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