Top 8 Handoff Compatible Apps iPhone

Those of you who have used Handoff at some point in the past will know just how useful a feature it can be. These days, most of us work with computers, tablets, smartphones and other kinds of technology, and the cross platform nature of so many apps and service means that you can start working with an app on one device and then continue working on something else entirely, but never missing a beat. This is the concept behind the Handoff feature from Apple: that you can take notes at a meeting at the office with your iPad, organize these notes on your iPhone while on the train home, and then seamlessly turn them into a proper report while on your MacBook at home. Handoff is a very useful utility to take advantage of, but we should note that it does not support all apps. Mail, Messages, Safari and the like are all integrated with Handoff, but to make the most out of its availability it should be used with third party apps. We run through some of our favorite Handoff compatible third party apps for the iPhone:

8. ThirdLove (Free)

Let’s kick off the list with an app that you might well have overlooked in terms of what is Handoff compatible and what is not. Most of those we list here will be productivity apps, but ThirdLove is a shopping service for those buying beautiful, perfect-fitting lingerie. The developers behind the app seem to think that you’ll be spending a lot of time browsing for products, and as such have implemented Apple’s Handoff feature here, too. This means you can begin your search for underwear on your iPhone and then continue on your iPad or other device. – Download from iTunes

7. Wunderlist (Free)

Wunderlist is another excellent to do list or task management app, and one of many that has made the jump quickly to Apple Watch support. In fact, of those apps that have been updated to provide Apple Watch support on iOS, many of them are of the productivity variety. This is mainly because managing your tasks from your wrist is a whole lot easier than when you have to pull out your iPhone each time, and that is certainly the case with Wunderlist. And with this Handoff compatibility, those using Wunderlist can now allow you to begin working on something (the app has great collaborative features) on one device and then seamlessly pick things up on another. – Download from iTunes

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6. PCalc ($9.99)

PCalc has quickly become one of the go to utility or productivity app for iOS users, and is far more than just a calculator app. Like the following entry Things, PCalc will set users back around $10 to purchase it, but this includes a range of different features that jut seem to become more and more useful the longer you use the app. With Apple Watch support, you now have a feature rich calculator on your wrist than just about any Casio aficianado would be jealous of. And with the Handoff feature included as part of PCalc, you can now easily move around between different versions of the app on your Watch or your iPad without having to put things down and pick them up again.- Download from iTunes

5. Things ($9.99)

Things is a productivity suite or task management app that has become quite popular among those who like to organize and schedule the things they do throughout the day, whether in a personal or a professional capacity. The main idea behind Things and the reason it stands out somewhat when placed alongside many of the other productivity apps out there at the moment is that it allows you to manage tasks and data with ease; that is, the app will step in and maintain things automatically rather than you having to do things manually. There is a Things app for both iOS devices and the Mac, meaning that you can manage your tasks no matter what device you are using. There is also now Apple Watch support also, so that you can check on and check off tasks from your wrist. While the app is just one in a range of effective productivity apps for iOS users, the $9.99 price may well turn people away. – Download from iTunes

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4. Airbnb (Free)

Airbnb is a popular travel service that allows people to find small, affordable places to stay – typically bed and breakfasts but also rooms for tourits and that kind of thing. It’s a great service if you’re the kind of shoestring traveler who likes to jump from place to place, not really caring where they lay their head but wanting to travel as much as possible. The recent rehaul of the Airbnb image, from the logo to its advertising campaigns and even the UI of the iOS app, has been reported by many media outlets and made Airbnb one of the most talked of apps in recent years. One thing you may not know about it however as that Airbnb’s app does support Handoff. This of course means that you can start browsing for places on your iPhone and then expand this same search when using your Mac.

3. NYTimes (Free)

The New York Times app is another that supports Handoff, and in this case it’s very useful because there’s nothing more annoying than being interrupted while reading something and having to start all over. The NYT app allows you to bring your favorite articles up on your Mac in the morning when getting breakfast, then hand them off to your iPhone or iPad and continue reading on the way to work. – Download from iTunes

2. Quip (Free)

As with many of the other apps to make this list, Quip is a productivity app whose goal is to help simplify your life and help you to get things done faster. It too has recently been updated to support the Apple Watch, meaning that you can now easily manage your to do lists and outstanding tasks directly from your wrist. And since Quip will often see you working on things like notes, finances and such, having the Handoff feature means that you can easily switch Apple devices with no downtime. – Download from iTunes

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1. Pocket (Free)

It seems somewhat fitting that Pocket should be the app to top this list of Handoff compatible titles, mainly since the idea behind both the app and Apple’s Handoff service is continuity. For those that haven’t yet used Pocket, it’s an excellent way to organize your actions and your info on your iPhone, meaning that you can easily move things around between apps and store them to be used at a later date. It is especially useful when browsing the web, since you can save all the useful webpages you come across to Pocket. Then you can open up Pocket and open these pages one by one when you have the time, and with Handoff in iOS 8 you can start reading something in pocket on your iPhone and then easily pick things up at the same position on your iPad. There is also a Mac app meaning that you can hand off between your iOS device and desktop with a simple swipe. – Download from iTunes

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