Written by Jelle

5 ways MacBook works with iPhone

For a lot of Apple fans, the ecosystem is an important reason to stick with Apple. Apple devices are made in such a way that they work really well together. That's why it's interesting to choose an iPhone if you already have a MacBook. It also works the other way around. Here, we'll give you 5 ways the Apple MacBook works together with the Apple iPhone.

What do you need?

You'll need the following things to make sure everything works well together:

  • An iPhone with the latest updates
  • A MacBook
  • macOS Catalina with the latest updates
  • The MacBook and iPhone use the same Apple ID

1. Replying to an iMessage

Use iMessage on Apple Macbook

An SMS or iMessage also appears on your Apple MacBook if you have an Apple iPhone that uses the same Apple ID. That way, you can quickly reply to incoming messages while working on a report or presentation. Everything will appear in the Messages app on your MacBook. To set it up, you only have to follow these steps on your iPhone: Go to SettingsMessagesText Message Forwarding and select your Apple MacBook so that it's authorized to send and receive messages.

2. Answer phone calls

Apple iPhone recordphone call with Apple MacBook

In addition to receiving messages, you can also get incoming calls. By using the same Apple ID on both devices, you can easily answer phone calls on your MacBook. Not only does this work with regular phone calls, but also with FaceTime calls. To set up regular calls via your Apple MacBook, follow these steps on your Apple iPhone: Go to SettingsPhoneAllow Calls on Other Devices and turn on this option.

3. Sharing files

Apple iPhone share files with Apple MacBook

There are files, like photos and videos, that you quickly want to transfer from your iPhone to your MacBook. That's when AirDrop comes in handy. Open a photo or a video on your Apple iPhone and swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen. Make sure AirDrop is turned on. Go back to the photo or video and click the Share icon to the bottom right. Your Apple MacBook will appear in the AirDrop list so you can transfer the file in a few seconds.

4. Universal clipboard

Universal Apple Apple and Apple Macbook clipboard

Blogs, social media, and news articles are just a few examples of what you can read on your iPhone. At times, you may want to reread some information on a large screen later on. You can do this thanks to Apple's universal clipboard. Copy the link to an article or copy a paragraph on your iPhone and it will be added to the universal clipboard. Once you're behind your MacBook, press the touchpad with two fingers and select paste. The text from your iPhone will appear on your MacBook.

5. Making backups

Apple iPhone make backup on Apple MacBook

It's best to store your backups offline, so you can always access your files. This can be useful if something goes wrong or when you don't have an Internet connection. You can easily make backups via Finder on your Apple MacBook. Connect an iPhone with the accompanying USB cable and open Finder. Select iPhone in the Locations section. Click the Back Up Now button and you're done.

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