Handoff / Continuity Range

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by ugadawg94, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. ugadawg94 macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    Has anyone figured out the max range that this works. For example I can take calls on my iPad when my phone is across the room. But I haven't tried to see how far apart I can get.
  2. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Whatever the bluetooth range is. Probably about 30 feet.
  3. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    I thought it worked over WiFi, not Bluetooth. If it's WiFi, then your range will be however far you can go on your connection...so potentially pretty far.
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

    Jul 1, 2014
    At least with phone calls, gotta agree with powerstrokin. I keep bluetooth off and my iPhone and iPad both ring at home.
  5. Jades macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2012
    Same. Moreover, it's not specific to your wifi AP. If your home or business has multiple APs, as long as you are on the same subnet, it will work as far as your wifi goes

    My Bluetooth is normally turned off intentionally
  6. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Well that's pretty damn neat.
  7. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    I noticed the iPad takes a while to ring
    Like 2 rings on the iPhone ,then I hear the iPad
  8. mattdeezy macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2011
    I think it uses bluetooth LE (which i don't think you can turn off) to ensure you are near your your iPad or Mac then sends the signal over wifi. So the range is whatever range bluetooth LE works on.
  9. ZippyZapp macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2014
    Not for phone call handoffs. It uses wifi only. Bluetooth LE is part of Bluetooth 4.0 and the iPad 2 does not have this.

    There is actually a video that shows the modes and which each uses, Bluetooth or wifi.
  10. darkredcaffeine macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    Continuity (SMS and calls) works over WiFi.

    The rest of Handoff (Safari, Mail etc.) works over Bluetooth and your devices need to be connected for this to work.
  11. Manatlt macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2013
    London, UK
    Instant Hotspot requires Bluetooth to be turned on, on all the devices as well.
  12. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    Can't speak for Mail but Safari does not need a Bluetooth connection between devices. At least, they don't need to be paired. Works fine between my iPhone and iPad and they've never been paired.
  13. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Does it ring on the device that you're presently using or on all of them? Seems like it could get annoying to have multiple devices ringing in a room.
  14. MacTCE macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2013
    Upstate NY
    It rings on all devices that are setup.
  15. darkredcaffeine macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    Turn Bluetooth off on one of the devices and see if it still works (I'm curious). I know that the devices don't have to be paired manually because the software has already done that and authenticated for you.
  16. powerstrokin macrumors 6502a


    May 18, 2013
    I stand corrected. Bluetooth must be on for Safari handoff (so presumably Mail etc.) to work. Just tested by toggling BT on iPad multiple times. Gotta be on.

    No biggie for me because I never turn BT off on either device.
  17. darkredcaffeine macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    Good to know, I wasn't 100% sure :)
  18. Kuroz macrumors member

    Oct 4, 2013
    Does anyone get like weird handoff apps popping up thats not from their ipad? Whenever im at walmart or school their handoffs pop up and when i check why it just opens their app. Its really weird.
  19. freemannnn macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2013
    go to settings,general,handoff and turn off suggestions

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