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Handoff/Continuity Working on Any Non BT-4.0 Macs?

arn

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Over the weekend I posted this, but pulled it because there was some debate about it being true.

Can anyone get Handoff working on a non-Bluetooth 4.0 Mac?

Handoff seems to be working better in Yosemite DP 2.

arn
 

VSMacOne

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Not working for me with iPhone 5s and mid 2011 MBP with latest betas. Both have Bluetooth turned ON and are on the same WiFi network. No sign of AirDrop, Continuity or Handoff.
 
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chekz0414

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Over the weekend I posted this, but pulled it because there was some debate about it being true.

Can anyone get Handoff working on a non-Bluetooth 4.0 Mac?

Handoff seems to be working better in Yosemite DP 2.

arn


I really am unsure, as when DP 2 installed and iOS 8 beta 2 installed, I got the notification on my 2011 MBP saying my iPhone was removed from Continuity, (I still see the setting for allowing HandOff etc on my Mac). However Bluetooth pairing isn't working between my Mac or my iPhone. But in the Messages app I now see that texts say (text message) unlike in DP1 where it would be green but say iMessage. Also on DP1 I had an occasion when I was receiving a text and it appeared on OS X and of course my iPhone.
 
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hoskarsson

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I found this in system report

Here is a screen shot of my system report on a early 2011 MBP
It says Continuity Supported: No
I hope this is not final :(
 

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rtfulk

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My mid 2011 macbook air states continuity is on, but I got a pop up window that stated" My iPhone is no longer available for continuity". I have a iPhone 5 and iPad mini 2nd gen. Neither are connecting in beta 2, but did in beta 1.
 
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FSUSem1noles

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It wasn't working for me in Beta version 1. But when I upgraded to Beta 2 on both iOS and Yosemite I got a pop up on my Air in the upper right hand corner that said "my iPhone has been removed from continuity" both devices restarted and handoff isn't working, nor is air drop, so I'm not sure what that pop up message was about.

~ confused
 
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arn

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What computer is this? It's weird that it shows BLE on but the others off. Makes me think/ hope it's a setting?

he said "17" Late 2011 MBP". That's not supposed to support BT4.0 anyway

arn
 
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therealchadhall

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Macbook says go, Continuity says no

I'm running Yosemite Beta 2 on my mid 2011 Macbook Air and iOS 8 Beta 2 on my iPhone 5S. I am able to use SMS in the desktop Messages app but still unable to use handoff, answer call on my desktop or airdrop between devices. My system report says I'm good to go on Continuity yet the its will not work. Seems that Continuity coverage is only available for some in the beta as of this afternoon.
:confused::(

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arn

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I'm running Yosemite Beta 2 on my mid 2011 Macbook Air and iOS 8 Beta 2 on my iPhone 5S. I am able to use SMS in the desktop Messages app but still unable to use handoff, answer call on my desktop or airdrop between devices. My system report says I'm good to go on Continuity yet the its will not work. Seems that Continuity coverage is only available for some in the beta as of this afternoon.
:confused::(

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It's still buggy in the betas, so it not working when it's supposed to isn't that surprisng.

arn
 
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bradley8795

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I am on a mid 2011 mini, Continuity Support says yes. But it does not work with my 5S or iPad, and when I updated this morning I got the same iPhone no longer connected continuity message everyone else gets, also I can not connect to the phone using bluetooth unless I have the hotspot enabled, but it still doesn't work even with that.
 
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VSMacOne

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he said "17" Late 2011 MBP". That's not supposed to support BT4.0 anyway

arn

I can't see anywhere the mention of a "17 MBP. And why would it say that it supports BTLE in that screen grab but not support continuity or AirDrop? Am I missing something?
 
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profets

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Weird, I have a 2011 MacBook Air, but under system report I don't see any of the "Bluetooth LE supported, Continuity, or AirDrop" even listed.

No handoff or continuity working at all with iOS 8 on an iPhone 5S. But - SMS from the Mac is working.
 
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arn

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I can't see anywhere the mention of a "17 MBP. And why would it say that it supports BTLE in that screen grab but not support continuity or AirDrop? Am I missing something?

it's in his post title.

not sure why it says it supports BTLE when it's not supposed to
 

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therealchadhall

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Weird, I have a 2011 MacBook Air, but under system report I don't see any of the "Bluetooth LE supported, Continuity, or AirDrop" even listed.

No handoff or continuity working at all with iOS 8 on an iPhone 5S. But - SMS from the Mac is working.

You need to click Bluetooth in the left hand menu
 
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cammykool

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i got the idea that you needed BT:LE my Mac says its supported but no handoff and continuity it says No next to airdrop but i have used airdrop before on 10.9 without issues

 
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iamMacPerson

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i got the idea that you needed BT:LE my Mac says its supported but no handoff and continuity it says No next to airdrop but i have used airdrop before on 10.9 without issues

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Remember, before when doing file transfers through AirDrop, it ran over Wi-Fi. I'm thinking Mac to Mac might still work this way, however Mac to iOS (iOS uses Bluetooth) will require Bluetooth.
 
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paris18m

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Mac Mini Server Mid 2011 and supports continuity here
 

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