One of the major benefits of a smartphone is the ability to receive a call or send a text from almost anywhere. Slip a phone into your pocket, briefcase, bag, or purse, and you’re mobile and connected at the same time.
That’s a stark contrast to the good old days where phone calls were tied to a nearby phone, and texting was but a dream. We’re spoiled today. Sit down at your Mac to do some work, catch up on email, browse the web, or do a bit of writing and what happens? Invariably, there’s a phone call and your smartphone is in the next room, or being charged, or stuck somewhere in purse, pocket, or bag.
What to do? Go HandsFree.
That’s hands free as in the app HandsFree for your Mac, the one that works like Continuity on new iPhones and new Macs work by letting your Mac answer calls, make calls, send and receive text messages– but with almost any Bluetooth equipped smartphone.
The way HandsFree works is simple. Pair your smartphone (Windows Phone, most Android smartphones with Bluetooth) to your Mac.
Now your Mac is connected to your smartphone which means when calls come in your Mac gets a pop up notification which gives you the choice to Decline the call, Accept on Phone, or Accept on Mac.
Use HandsFree to make calls, too. Choose a name from Contacts and one click begins the call– from the Mac to your smartphone.
Wait! There’s more!
HandsFree does text messages, too; right from the Mac, to your smartphone, to whomever you want (assuming they have a smartphone that does texting, of course).
In other words, HandsFree works much like Continuity for Mac and iPhone, but has a few more features. Here’s an example. The status icon in the Menubar gives you all the controls you want, plus you can see all missing calls, and calls you’ve made in a log. HandsFree also records voice calls with a click so you have a record of the conversation.