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Mark Up Mac Documents Continuity

Mark Up Mac Documents Continuity
Written by Hassan Abbas

Mark Up Mac Documents Continuity: Continuity Markup in iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina 10.15 allows you annotate documents on your Mac using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It also works like magic. In this guide, you’re going to learn how to use this feature to mark up Mac documents such as PDFs and images on your nearby iOS device with your Apple Pencil or finger, zero setups needed.

Marking up Mac documents

Apple’s operating systems feature “Continuity” technologies lets nearby devices work better together. It allows you to do things like receiving cellular phone calls on your Mac, choose right where you left off on another device and so forth.

In iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina, just draw a sketch using your nearby iOS device. Also, it appears instantly on your Mac right where you need it. Like in an email message, a Messages conversation, a document or a folder — Apple calls it Continuity Sketch.

On top of that, you can also mark up a PDF document or image on your Mac computer with Apple Pencil or finger using a nearby iOS device. A feature Apple calls Continuity Markup with the changes appearing live on your Mac.

Continuity Markup allows you to sign PDF documents, right school projects or research papers, circle confidential details on images or screenshots and much more. This feature doesn’t work with files beyond PDF documents and images – at least not yet.

Mark Up Mac Documents Continuity – System Requirements

Continuity Markup needs iOS 13, iPadOS and macOS Catalina or later. This feature also supported by the following Apple device models:

iPhone and iPod touch

  • iPhone 6s or newer
  • iPod touch (7th generation) or newer
  • iPhone SE


  • iPad (5th generation) or newer/Air 2 or newe/mini 4 or newer/ Pro (all models)


  • MacBook launch in 2015 or later
  • iMac introduced in 2012 or later
  • MacBook Air also introduced in 2012 or later
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • MB Pro introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac mini introduced in 2012 or later
  • Mac Pro introduced in 2013 or later

Those devices used for the Continuity features must Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled. Also, signed in to iCloud with the same Apple ID using 2FA (two-factor authentication).

Here’s our step-by-step guide to learn how to mark up Mac documents like PDF documents and images using the Markup tool.

How to mark up Mac documents

Follow the steps below to learn how to use your Mac computer to request document markup from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with just a few clicks.

Step 1:

Tap the Finder icon in the Dock of your Mac to open a new Finder window.

Step 2:

Using the Finder, navigate to a folder with the PDF document or image you want to mark up.

Step 3:

Now Activate Continuity Markup by taking one of these actions:

  • Tap the PDF document or image once with the left mouse button to choose it and hit the Space bar on the keyboard to invoke a preview window. Also, tap the Markup button at the top of the Quick Look window.
  • Control-click the PDF document or image file and select the Quick Actions choice from the shortcut menu, then choose Markup from the sub-menu
Step 4:

Tap the Annotate button at the toolbar and choose the nearby iOS device that you want to use for document markup. The Annotate button tinted blue when the nearby iOS device is connected. To disconnect the iOS device, tap the Annotate button again.

Step 5:

Once a new markup window opens on the selected iOS device. Simply use your Apple Pencil or finger for freehand drawing or click the plus button to use the markup tools for adding text, handwritten signature, a loupe or vector shapes and arrows.

Step 6:

A change made on the iOS device is reflected live on your Mac. When you’re completely marking up your content, tap Done to close the markup window on the iOS device.

Step 7:

Just save your annotations and other changes you made to the PDF document or image. Tap the Done button in the preview window on your Mac. Tapping the Revert button will disregard your annotations and revert to the original version.

Places you can mark up Mac documents

With Continuity Markup, all the annotations added on your iOS device appear instantly on the Mac without having to do anything specific on your part. It “just works” without any setup or special app.

The ability to mark up Mac documents with your nearby iOS device is available in different Mac apps, too, including Mail, Notes, TextEdit and Photos. For instance, in Photos, you can tap the markup icon when editing content to use Continuity Markup.

Also, In Mail, you can also use your nearby iOS device to add sketches, shapes and other markups to the attached PDF or image. In TextEdit, simply use Continuity Sketch to mark up embedded images. Also in the Notes app for macOS, use the markup tools on your iPad or iPhone to annotate PDF attachments and images in your notes.


Here’s all about Mark Up Mac Documents Continuity. For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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