How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

It's been two years since the Apple Watch's debut and while it hasn't yet become as indispensable as the smartphone, it's still managed to fill a need for many users. The key to making the Apple Watch an essential part of your life? Know how to get the most of it. We've got an in-dept guide to Apple's smartwatch, but let's start with some quick tips and tricks that make the Apple Watch even easier to use.—Dan Moren

Switching Between Apps

To jump back to your most recently used app, double-tap the Digital Crown.

Switching Watchfaces

You might want to set up multiple watchfaces for multiple purposes — one with a minimal face for those times when you don't want a cluttered interface, the other with a more fun display. To switch back and forth, you can simply swipe to the left and right from the watchface.

Rearranging Applications in the Dock

WatchOS 3 adds a dock for accessing your frequently used apps. But what if you want to change the order in which those apps appear.

• Press the Side Button to bring up the Dock.

• Tap and hold on an app screen and then drag it to the left or right to position it.

• To remove an app from the Dock, swipe upwards on its screen and tap Remove.

Muting an Incoming Call

When a call comes in in the middle of a meeting, just cover the Apple Watch with your hand to mute it.

Taking a Screenshot

To take a screenshot of your Apple Watch, first make sure that the feature is enabled in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap General from the Watch app's main screen, then scroll down and tap Enable Screenshots.

With the feature enabled, to take a screenshot, you press the Digital Crown and the Side Button at the same time (or hold the Digital Crown and then press the Side Button). Screenshots are stored in the Camera Roll on your iPhone.

Send a Friend Your Location

It's easy to let someone know where you are, using the Messages app on your Watch.

• Open a conversation in Messages.

• Force Touch the screen and tap Send Location.

Reading and Responding to Messages

To read a new message, raise your wrist after reading a notification. To dismiss the message, lower your arm.

Sending a New Text Message

Open the Apple Watch's Messages app. Its icon is identical to the one on your iPhone. Then Force Touch the screen and then tap New Message.

Deleting Email

Here's how to get rid of an email directly from your watch.

• Open the Mail app on your Apple Watch.

• Swipe left on any email.

• Tap Trash to delete the message.

Clearing Your Notifications

Notifications piling up? Here's how to dismiss them.

• From the watchface, swipe down from the top of the screen to display your notifications.

• Force Touch the display, then tap Clear All.

Setting Focus and Exposure in the Camera App

The camera on your Apple Watch lets you use the watch as a remote for your iPhone camera. Launch the app, and tap anywhere on the preview image on your Watch to set the focus and exposure.

Ending or Pausing Your Workout

With a workout in progress, open the Workout app.

• Swipe right on the display.

• Tap End or Pause.

Deleting Apps from Your Apple Watch

Removing an app from your Apple Watch works much the same way it does on an iPhone.

• From the watchface or any app, press the Digital Crown to go to the Watch's home screen.

• Tap and hold any any app icon.

• Tap the small X that appears on any third-party app icon to remove the app from your Watch.

• Tap Delete App to confirm.

Changing Audio Sources

Here's how to control the device — your phone or your watch — from which you play music.

• In the Music app, Force Touch the display, then tap Source.
 
• Select iPhone to play music from your phone. Select Apple Watch to play music from your watch on a Bluetooth speaker or headphones.

Switching Views in Calendar

• Open the Calendar app, select a day, and then Force Touch the display.

• Select List to see a list of upcoming events or Up Next to see cards of upcoming events. Tap Today to jump to the current day in either view.

Have Mickey/Minnie Mouse Speak the Time

Among the Apple Watch's many faces are two different versions featuring either Mickey or Minnie Mouse. And they can pull off a little trick.

• Switch to the Mickey/Minnie Mouse watchface.

• Tap the screen and whichever character you have selected will announce the current time. (You can disable this under Sounds & Haptics in either the Watch's Settings app or the Watch app on your iPhone.)

Activating Siri

To pull up Siri for voice commands, press and hold the Digital Crown. Alternatively, raise your wrist and say "Hey Siri."

Find Your Phone

Your phone is always a quick tap away when you're wearing an Apple Watch.

• From the watchface, swipe up on the display to bring up Control Center.

• Tap the Find Phone icon in the bottom left. Your iPhone will play a sound.

Unpairing Your Apple Watch

If you're upgrading your iPhone, you'll want to make sure you unpair your Apple Watch.

• Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and select your Apple Watch from the main menu.

• On the next screen, tap the "i" button next to your Watch.

• Tap Unpair Apple Watch. (Note that this will back up all settings from your Apple Watch onto your iPhone and then erase your Apple Watch.)

Call Emergency Services

Emergency SOS is a new feature in watchOS 3.

• Press and hold the Apple Watch's Side Button; the power off menu will appear, but continue to hold the Side Button until the SOS countdown appears. (Alternatively, instead of holding the Side Button, you can just slide the Emergency SOS control on the power off menu.)

• At the end of the countdown, your local Emergency Services will be called. (Release the button before the end of the countdown to cancel the call.)

• After the call, your emergency contacts — as set in the Health app on your iPhone — will automatically be notified, and if Location Services on your Watch is off, it will be temporarily activated.

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  • USteele
    "For vegans who still appreciate the refined look of leather, the Etsy Minimalist and Zen Watch Strap may be just the ticket. Available in 38 mm or 42 mm, it's made of a tanned vegetable material… " Oh gosh, no! It's vegetable tanned leather, not "vegetable material." Not vegan. I think you might need an edit on this description.
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  • Nunya2
    WAAAAAYYYY too many taps and defeats the whole purpose of the watch.

    Instead, rotate the Apple Watch up to activate it and use Siri and say:

    "Hey Siri. Send a text message to John Doe that says see how easy this is exclamation point you don't even have to touch the Apple Watch period cool comma huh question mark."

    Siri will launch the Message app, create a text to John Doe that reads "See how easy this is! You don't even have to touch the Apple Watch. Cool, huh?" The message will stay on the screen for about 30 seconds with the option to cancel. After that time, if you haven't canceled, the text message is sent.

    THAT'S the power of the Apple Watch!
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  • mtrixtech
    News apps CALLPUBLICITY, YESMARRIED
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