Apple designed Handoff to make it easier to work seamlessly between a Mac and iOS. If you’re reading a text message on one device and pick up the other, you can open up to where you left off. Viewing a webpage? Handoff lets you bring up the same page on the other device with a click or a tap.
But for a couple of versions at least, notifications in iOS interfered with Handoff. You could see a Safari icon on the lock screen, for example, and if notifications were also on the screen, using the swipe-up gesture to open that Safari page didn’t work. I eventually stopped trying.
I can see I wasn’t alone: Apple gave up, too! In iOS 12, Handoff icons no longer appear on the lock screen. Instead, they’re in a better, smart, more accessible place—the app switcher!
Bring up the app switcher on your iOS device. On an iPhone X or later or an iPad, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On other iPhones, double-click the Home button.
The Handoff option appears as a banner beneath the apps. Tap it, and it opens the right file, URL, or snippet in the correct app.
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