You can do incredible things with your iPhone, but you could do so much more with an iPhone and a Mac. By pairing Apple̵
Seamless integration of messages, calls and FaceTime
Why juggle a bunch of devices when you can do everything from your Mac? The macOS operating system natively supports the Messages app (formerly iMessage), so you can text, make calls, and use FaceTime without picking up your phone. You can even start typing a message on your iPhone and finish it on your Mac!
Texting and calling from your Mac can prevent you from picking up your phone while you’re at work, and messaging integration is a godsend if you lose your phone or break it. Plus, the option to click on a phone number you see in the browser to immediately initiate a speakerphone call can save you the time to get your phone out and manually enter a number.
Apple allows you to change your notification preferences for calls and texts if you don’t want to be distracted by the computer. You can also turn off message syncing altogether if that’s not your thing.
Effortless file transfer with AirDrop and iCloud
Most iPhone users are familiar with AirDrop, the tool that allows you to send files, photos or websites to nearby iPhones. But did you know that AirDrop also works with the Mac? You can send anything you want straight to your Mac without messing with annoying cables or apps.
Anything backed up in iCloud is, of course, readily available on your Mac. If you set your iPhone to automatically back up photos and documents in the cloud, you can just open Finder (Mac version of File Explorer) and choose the documents you want without using AirDrop. Of course, this works both ways, so documents stored in the cloud from your Mac are available on your iPhone.
In addition to AirDrop and iCloud support, Macs also have a tool call Continuity Camera that turns your iPhone into a camera or document scanner for desktop apps such as Mail, Messages, Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. If you’re working on a slideshow and need a picture of your dog, for example, you can take the photo on your iPhone and see it appear in the document on your Mac.
Automatically sync notes, purchases and more
iPhone and Mac integration goes beyond syncing text messages or iCloud files. Since your Mac and iPhone are both linked to your Apple ID, all of your Apple-based apps will automatically sync across both devices. Your emails, notes, saved passwords and saved credit cards are always available no matter what device you are using, saving you time and effort.
Purchases are also synced between your Apple devices, so any eBooks, movies or music purchased on your iPhone can be easily accessed on your Mac. And because the new M1 Macs can run native iOS apps, you can play a game or use a professional app on your iPhone and go to the computer anytime without paying anything extra.
While pairing an iPhone with a Mac is by far the easiest way to sync messages, calls, files, login information, and credit card information between devices, it’s worth noting that many things like this are possible without a Mac. You can use a service like LastPass to sync login and credit card information between devices, Dropbox to share files via the cloud, and a third party messaging service with SMS from your computer. Heck, you could even ditch Apple altogether and link a Windows computer to an Android phone.
Still, Apple’s ecosystem is simple and attractive. It works great and requires no additional software or subscriptions. And the experience will only grow as you add more Apple devices to the mix: for example, you can use an iPad as a wireless Mac screen or use your Apple Watch to automatically log in to your Mac without typing a password or a fingerprint reader. to use .