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Bay Mac's Help Desk with Steve Paris

Q: Your last question about scanning with an iPhone was great, but what’s the best way to transfer these scans or photos so I can use them on my Mac?

A: Actually, if you own a Mac with the latest operating system (Mojave aka OS X 10.14), as well as an iPhone running iOS 12, there’s an extremely cool way to do this, which doesn’t even involve saving the photo or scanned document on your phone! A little over a year ago we explored Handoff, a way to copy and paste seamlessly between your iPhone and your Mac as long as both were connected to iCloud.

This feature is on by default but to make sure, check your Mac’s System Preferences > General and see that ‘Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices’ is ticked. On the iPhone it’s Settings > General > Handoff.

Now, whenever you’re in a document that you can paste information into, like Text Edit, Pages or Word for instance, all you need to do is control-click anywhere on the page (wherever you click is where the file will appear), and choose ‘Take Photo’ or ‘Scan Documents’.

Selecting one of these will wake your phone and put it in photo or scanning mode respectively. There’s no need to even unlock your phone. Take your shot, and, as if by magic, the photo or scan will then appear instantly in your document. Try doing that on a PC.

Steve Paris is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and through his new website, provides consultancy, training and troubleshooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at or contact him on 077-8866-0407.


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