How to disable Continuity features in iOS 8

Getting unwanted phone calls on your multiple iOS devices due to Continuity being enabled? Cory Bohon shows you how to disable Continuity and Handoff functionality.


Handoff is a new feature that lets your iOS 8 and Yosemite Apple devices talk to each other to share opened apps, SMS messages, and even incoming phone calls. On some devices, however, you may wish to disable this functionality so that incoming calls aren't routed to your iPad, for instance. Let's take a look at how to disable the various aspects of Handoff and Continuity to configure your devices exactly how you like them.

Disable Handoff apps

One of the new features of iOS 8 was the ability to see opened iOS apps on the lockscreen in iOS, giving you the ability to swipe to open the app and pick up from another device.

Sometimes, however, you may not want this functionality on all of your devices. If you no longer wish to have Handoff enabled, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to General | Handoff & Suggested Apps (Figure A)

Figure A

Figure A
Disabling suggested apps will keep the lockscreen from displaying apps for your current location.

Here, there are three options: Handoff, My Apps, and App Store. Disabling Handoff will keep apps installed on your device and currently in use from advertising the apps on the local network to other devices, letting you pick up where you left off on another device. Disabling My Apps or App Store will keep iOS from displaying suggested apps on the lockscreen when you're near a location that has an app available.

Disable phone calls

If you have an iPhone and other iOS or Mac devices, when you receive a call on the iPhone, you've probably heard the other devices ring as well. This is part of a new Continuity feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that allows you to receive a phone call on other devices that share the same iCloud login.

If you no longer wish to have your iPhone share incoming calls via Continuity, you can disable it using the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to FaceTime
  3. Disable the option for "iPhone Cellular Calls"

Once it's disabled, your iPhone won't share the incoming call to other devices with the same iCloud login. When a new call comes in with this disabled, only the iPhone will ring.

Disable SMS forwarding

With iOS and OS X Yosemite, another Continuity feature that can be enabled is Text Message Forwarding. This feature lets incoming text messages be shared with multiple devices that are all sharing the same iCloud login.

You can have fine-grained control over which devices can receive your forwarded SMS messages by checking the following settings:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to Messages | Text Message Forwarding (Figure B)

Figure B

Figure B
SMS forwarding lets you send and receive text messages on any of your Apple devices connected to the same iCloud account.

From here, you'll see a listing of all devices that have been set up to send and receive SMS messages from your phone number. You can turn off the switch for any devices that should no longer receive messages.

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