OS X: Disabling Handoff

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Are you familiar with the so-called Handoff feature? It isn’t new—in fact, it’s been around since Yosemite/iOS 8—but a lot of people don’t know what’s going on when it happens. On your Mac, having Handoff on means that you may see new icons appearing and disappearing on the left side of your Dock, like this…

…or like this:

Those icons basically mean “hey, I see you’ve got a program open on another device that I can use, too. Wanna pick up where you left off?” If you click that icon, your Mac will, for example, continue an email draft you started on your iPhone. It’s pretty handy if you use it, but if you don’t, those icons popping up and then vanishing can get pretty annoying!

There is a REALLY easy way to stop it from happening, though, and here’s how. Just visit System Preferences > General, and toggle off “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”

And that’s all there is to it. You’re done. Finito. You’ll no longer see those icons appear in your Dock. I mean, I think you should at least TRY Handoff if you haven’t, but I ain’t gonna judge you if you get irritated by it.

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I take it Handoff is only available on more recent Macs?  I have a mid-2011 iMac and don’t even see the above mentioned option toggle.


To answer my own question, Yes…that is the case:

Handoff and Instant Hotspot are supported by the following Mac models, and require OS X Yosemite or later:
MacBook Air (Mid 2012 and later)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 and later)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
iMac (Late 2012 and later)
Mac mini (Late 2012 and later)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)

Another reason for a hardware upgrade.

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