How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

How to Use the Apple Watch

Whether you've just unboxed your Apple Watch or have been using it for weeks, chances are, there are a ton of cool features you might not know about. Actions such as muting calls, clearing notifications and taking screenshots take only a few seconds, but it might not be immediately obvious how to do them. And soon, with the launch of watchOS 2 in the fall, you'll have more options to customize the watch face, view future events and use Siri to control certain apps. With that in mind, here are the tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of your Apple Watch.

10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do

The Apple Watch has a lot of tricks up its sleeve almost right out of the box. With minimal effort, you can use this wearable device as a digital wallet with Apple Pay, make calls to your favorite people from your wrist and track your fitness activity. If your loved one has an Apple Watch, you can share sketches and even your heartbeat. But it's only once you start downloading apps that you begin to tap the true potential of Apple's first smartwatch.

From ordering Uber cars to controlling your home lights, here are 10 things you probably didn't know the Apple Watch could do. —Mark Spoonauer

Control Your Home Temp

There isn't a Nest app for the Apple Watch — at least not yet — but you can control your home temperature using the Honeywell Lyric app. In combination with Honeywell's $249 smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature as well as activate Out of Town mode with a tap to save money. The Glances feature provides a real-time view of your abode's conditions.

Hail an Uber ride

When you need a ride and you don't feel like whipping out your phone, the Uber app on the iPhone can let you order an Uber vehicle right on the spot. The app will show you how close the nearest vehicle is, and you can just tap the Apple Watch's screen to make a request. You'll be able to see the driver's face on the app, as well as track his or her progress to your location on a map.

Order Lunch with Seamless

Sometimes, you just don't have time to run out and grab lunch or dinner, and you just don't want to think about it. The Seamless app for Apple Watch couldn't be simpler — as long as you don't mind reordering something you've had before. You can quickly access previous order details from your wrist and then track your food once you've placed your renewed order.

Enter Your Hotel Room Without a Key

When I travel, I ask for two key cards, because I'm always losing stuff. But with the SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) app for Apple Watch, you can check in and unlock your door with the device. You’ll need to sign up as a SPG member online or though the app.If an upcoming stay at any Starwood property (which includes hotel brands like Westin and Sheraton, among others) supports SPG Keyless, you'll receive a push notification on your iPhone. Then, you can opt in to go keyless. You'll get another notification to view your room number and unlock your door on the Apple Watch once your room is ready.

The SPG app also lets you see your Starpoints balance, get parking options for your hotel and see your room number with the Glances feature on the Apple Watch.

Best Apple Watch Apps

Apps helped make the iPhone what it is today, and Apple hopes that history repeats itself with the Apple Watch.

Ever since Apple first offered a sneak peek at the Apple Watch last September, apps have been front and center any time the company shows off its first smartwatch. After releasing its Watchkit SDK last year, Apple reportedly brought a steady stream of developers to its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters to work on both apps and Glances for the watch. Glances are simple alerts from your phone that bring read-only information to your watch, while apps are companions to more full-featured versions running on your smartphone.

MORE: Apple Watch FAQ: Everything You Need to Know

Those efforts seem to have paid off, if the number of available Apple Watch apps is anything to go by. WatchAware, which tracks Apple Watch developments, reports that there are more than 4,500 apps available for the Apple Watch a month after the smartwatch's April release. Between showcasing apps leading up to Apple Watch launch and making so many available for download now that the watch is here, it's clear that Apple believes third-party apps are going to give its device a leg up over existing smartwatches from Samsung, LG and Pebble.

But with so many apps to choose from, which ones deserve a spot on your Apple Watch? Here's a look at some of the apps that have caught our eye now that we've had a chance to spend some time with the Apple Watch. —Philip Michaels and Dan Moren

Productivity

1Password: The popular password manager has come to your wrist, offering a quick glance at the passwords and codes you need most. By going into any record in 1Password and tapping Add to Apple Watch, you can give yourself easy access to everything from locker combinations to two-factor authentication codes. And if you're worried about security, don't be: 1Password's Apple Watch app is also secured with a four-digit PIN of your choosing.

Clear: There's no Reminders app on the Apple Watch, but Realmac's to-do list gets pretty close. The Watch app displays your different lists, as well as the tasks on each of them. You can create new items, check off existing ones, set reminders -- via dictation if you want -- and use the Handoff feature of your iPhone to jump directly to the task you're viewing on your Apple Watch. The Clear Glance just reminds you when your next task is due.

Evernote: Evernote's Apple Watch app is a bit limited in functionality, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. You can add notes via dictation and choose when to be reminded about them, as well as view and search through recently created or updated notes. Evernote's apps support Handoff as well, so if you start looking at a note on your Apple Watch, you can swipe up on the Evernote icon that appears in the lower left corner of your iPhone's lock screen and jump right into that note.

Mint Personal Finance: The budgeting app gives you a glance at how much money you've spent. Notifications let you know if you're on budget.

Salesforce Wave: Apple likes to point out that its devices reach beyond consumers into the business world, and this watch-sized view of your business's analytics will serve as another example.

Things: For the Apple Watch version of its task manager, developer Cultured Code says it put the focus on what it calls "task accomplishment." Things on the Apple Watch gives you a Glance at the day's to-dos; tapping on the Glance launches the main app, where you can check off tasks as you complete them.

Other Productivity Apps of Interest: Clear and Things aren't the only to-do manager available for the Apple Watch; Todoist has an Apple Watch version of its task manager as well. Feed Wrangler has an Apple Watch version of its RSS reader that will let you skim headlines, mark stories as read or send them to a read-it-later service, while OfficeTime and MoneyWiz have both shown off Apple Watch versions of their respective time-tracking and expense-tracking apps.

Travel

American Airlines: You can check in for flights from your watch, while also getting gate and boarding information at a glance. In addition to the dedicated American Airlines app, your boarding pass will be available on your watch through Apple's Passbook feature.

Citymapper: With public transportation directions still largely the domain of third-party apps, Citymapper's Apple Watch app has a lot going for it. If you live in one of the almost two dozen cities whose public transit systems are supported by the app, then you get a number of great features. There's one-tap directions to get you home, as well as the ability to save locations and quickly plot a route to any of them. The app can also tell you what public transit stations or stops are around you right now. Citymapper's Glance is somewhat more limited, offering only information about any service alerts in your chosen city.

OpenTable: Your Apple Watch can display key details about reservations you've made through the restaurant booking app, such as how many people are in your party. More important, it can give directions so that you don't miss your reservation.
SPG: That's the app for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and it's sure to be a welcome addition to Apple Watch-wearing travelers. As you arrive at your hotel -- say, a W Hotel -- the SPG app will bring up your check-in and room information onto your watch. The app also serves as a virtual room key, letting you unlock your room from your Apple Watch.

Trip Advisor: Speaking of traveling, Trip Advisor is an invaluable resource when you're away from home. The Apple Watch app takes full advantage of your iPhone's location data to provide you with local information at your fingertips. Quickly view nearby restaurants, sights or hotels, complete with their TripAdvisor ratings. You can even drill down into the locations to view pictures, maps and reviews from fellow TripAdvisor users, as well as save those locations to view later. There's even a Saved Items section of the app that lets you quickly browse just those places you've bookmarked.

Uber: The Uber app is a pretty much a one-trick pony on the Apple Watch: fire it up, and it shows you how long you'll have to wait for an Uber. What type of car (Uber Black, UberX, SUV and so on) depends on what you've selected in the iPhone app. Tap Request, and you'll get information about your upcoming ride, complete with a description of the vehicle, ETA and so forth.

Other Travel Apps of Interest: American Airlines has gotten prominent play in Apple Watch demos, but other airlines -- including Delta, JetBlue and British Airways, just to name a few -- offer Apple Watch apps of their own. And apps from the likes of Expedia and Hotwire let you check on travel itineraries as well as hotel and flight information.

Social

Instagram: Browsing photos on your Apple Watch may not seem like the best way to spend your time, but Instagram is betting you'll give it a shot. The photo-sharing service's app is broken down into two sections: Feed, which shows you several of the most recent pictures posted by people you follow, and Activity, detailing people who've followed you, likes and comments on your photos. In the Feed view, you can award hearts for photos you like, view comments attached to an image and even post a quick reply via dictation. If you want to look up a specific person, though, you'd better hope they've shown up in either your Feed or recent Activity. The app's Glance shows you a few of the most recent posts in your feed.

Twitter: Glances can show you both a timeline of tweets as well as a trending feed. You'll also be able to retweet, favorite or reply by dictating tweets to your Apple Watch.
WeChat: You'll be able to read messages from friends through the Apple Watch version of the messaging app. Tap on a message, and you'll be able to reply with either a text or one of WeChat's stickers.

Other Social Apps of Interest: Facebook's Apple Watch offering is expected to let you view pending friend requests and notify you when you've been tagged in a photo, though the app has yet to make its debut on Apple's smartwatch. The Pinterest Apple Watch app promises to notify you whenever you're passing nearby pins.

Entertainment

Fandango: You'll still buy movie tickets through the ticket-buying service's website, but Fandango's Apple Watch offering will produce a barcode on the watchface that ticket takers at your local multiplex will be able to scan. The Fandango app can also display the time of the show and the location of the theater.

Pandora: Music apps figure to be a big draw on the Apple Watch, and Pandora's offering gives a hint as to why. You'll be able to see the name of the artist and song you've just heard through the music discovery service by simply glancing at the watch. You can also control playback volume and get new music notifications on your wrist without having to dive into your pocket or purse for an iPhone.

Shazam: The song-identifying app migrates from your phone to your watch, with the Apple Watch version of Shazam you can ID what's playing and pull up lyrics that are highlighted as the song plays.

Other Entertainment Apps of Interest: It wouldn't seem like a watch would be an ideal gaming platform, but game makers still seem eager to offer Apple Watch apps. A watch-friendly version of Trivia Crack is already available, a game called Rules touts itself as a twitch-puzzle game, and even action titles like Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 5 are touting companion apps for the Apple Watch.

News

CNN: The news network will offer headlines in 12 categories, letting you pick the ones that send alerts to your Apple Watch. You can tap to read more than just the headline, and CNN's app will also notify you when the story will air on its channel.

Dark Sky: Yes, the Apple Watch comes with its own built-in Weather app, but many aficionados prefer third-party options like Dark Sky. Opening up Dark Sky on the Apple Watch provides you with the current temperature, conditions and time until sunrise at your location; scroll down for more detailed information, including visibility, wind speed and so on. Swiping to the left provides forecasts for the next six days, including high and low temperatures and general conditions. Dark Sky's Glance simply provides the current temperature and conditions.

MLB.com: Baseball fans will appreciate the ability to track their favorite teams from their wrist. By default, At Bat shows you the ongoing or next game from the team that you've selected in the iPhone version of the app, complete with team records and starting pitchers. You can also take a look at the starting pitchers, view stats for the last game, and read headlines about your team. Force Pressing brings up the ability to view a complete scoreboard for all ongoing or scheduled games (albeit without start times, which is a head-scratching omission), or to switch to any other team. Using the At Bat Glance, you can see the next matchup -- again without the starting time -- or the score of the ongoing game.

NYTimes: If up-to-the-minute breaking news is your thing, the NYTimes Apple Watch app brings you brief synopses of the day's top news stories. You can swipe back and forth to view different stories, and use the Handoff feature to view the story you're looking at in the NYTimes app on your iPhone. Force Pressing on any story allows you to save it for later; you can then retrieve it from the Saved for Later list in the iPhone app. The Glance for the app shows you the most recent headline and tells you how many additional stories are available in the app.

Other News Apps of Interest: ESPN's Apple Watch app displays scores and news; you'll also receive notifications of scoring updates or noteworthy plays. NPR says its NPR One app delivers curated content to your Apple Watch via a playlist that lives on your iPhone. Flipboard's watch app provides a short summary of 10 top stories; you'll be able to use the watch's Force Touch feature to save stories or share them with friends.

Food

Epicurious Smart Timer: Fishing around for a phone to check on cook times while you're searing a steak isn't much fun, so home cooks will likely welcome the Epicurious Smart Timer. The kitchen timer app from the food site offers specific timers for more than 40 ingredients. It will alert you when it's time to flip your food and tips to your wrist on how to tell if something's fully cooked.

Foursquare: The Apple Watch version of the local discovery app notifies you when you're near some place it thinks you'll like. The app also features short reviews and directions.

Yelp: Yelp has become an indispensable tool for sussing out the best restaurants, coffee shops, bars and other establishments, and its Apple Watch app aims to make it easy to do the same thing from your wrist. Quick search options let you view restaurants, bars, coffee shops and hot spots in your current location. Each entry shows you the rating, number of reviews, the category of place (such as cuisine), how expensive it is and how far away it is from where you are. Tapping each entry gives you further info, including hours, map location and address and certain reviews.

Other Food Apps of Interest: The food delivery app Postmates has an Apple Watch version that sends you notifications about your delivery status and lets you rate and tip the service once an order arrives. And if you've got a hankering for a Chipotle burrito, the fast-food chain has an Apple Watch app that lets you order from your wrist.

Fitness

Lose It: The Apple Watch has been touted as an aid to better fitness and health, but while it tracks the number of calories you expend, it doesn't let you account for the calories you take in. That's where LoseIt's Apple Watch app comes in handy. In addition to viewing where you are on your daily calorie goal (as set from the iPhone app), you can quickly log calories for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks; you can also get an idea of where you are on the nutrients you're interested in tracking or view your weekly progress. The LoseIt Glance also gives you a quick look at where you are with caloric intake, using the same circular progress motif as the Apple Watch's built-in Activity app.

Misfit Minute: A coaching app, Misfit Minute lets you select a workout interval time to receive a recommended workout regimen incorporating body-weight exercises and circuit training. The app tracks your progress over time and sends you encouraging messages to keep you working out.

Nike+ Running: You can track distance, duration and pace from your Apple Watch, with the Nike app adding a social component, too -- you can see how you measure up to friends and even send encouragement to other Apple Watch wearers.

Other Fitness Apps of Interest: With Apple's own built-in Activity and Workout apps, the Apple Watch figures to be a boon for anyone who wants to monitor their health and fitness. Watch apps from Runtastic and Strava log workout details while Lifesum helps you track the food you're putting into your body.

Shopping

eBay: The online auction site's app looks to ensure that you'll never be outbid again. eBay's app promises to send outbid notices and other notifications as part of its overall goal of letting you stay on top of auctions from your Apple Watch.

Target: A lot of the Apple Watch's more useful features incorporate location awareness. Take the Target app: create a shopping list on your phone, and as you walk through the store, it will send alerts to your watch, notifying when you're near that must-buy item.

Other Shopping Apps of Interest: Redfin taps into the Apple Watch's location awareness to bring up real estate listings of any nearby homes for sale. Etsy updated its iOS app to let Apple Watch users browse the e-commerce site and get shipping notifications.

Automation

Alarm.com: This security app uses smart home features to show you whether doors in your house are locked or not. You can also see a live feed of security cameras in your home and open and lock doors remotely.

Lutron Caséta: Not only will this home automation app let you control the lights in your house from your Apple Watch, you'll also get a notification any time you leave home with the lights on.

Other Automation Apps of Note: Like Lutron, Honeywell has a smart home app for the Apple Watch that will give you mobile control over your house's heating. An app for the BMW i will notify owners of that electric vehicle when their car is fully charged.

How to Get Apps for Your Watch


The Apple Watch app, added in the iOS 8.2 update, is where you'll access apps for the Apple's new device. (It's also where you'll manage many of the features for the smartwatch, such as adding new friends or customized replies for the built-in Messages app.) An App Store tab on the Apple Watch app lets you buy and download apps. Some of your existing apps have been updated as well to add Apple Watch-specific features.

The store section of the Apple Watch app sorts apps by a swipeable list of categories such as Family, Work and Creativity; it also features promoted apps similar to Apple's main iOS App store.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Best Apple Watch Games

You won't be slashing through Infinity Blade or exploring Monument Valley on the Apple Watch's tiny display, and that's fine. Instead of mimicking the iPhone, Apple's first wearable provides a handful of novel gaming experiences built specifically for bite-size play. 

Apple Watch games provide the ultimate quick fix, allowing you to solve puzzles and hack away at enemies for a few minutes without going through the trouble of pulling out your phone. Favorites like Trivia Crack make a perfect fit for the Apple Watch's small display, while text-based adventures such as SpyCatcher leverage the wearable computer to make you feel like you're a character in a sci-fi movie.

The Apple Watch's game selection is currently small, but there are already some gems worth toying with. Here are our favorites. —Michael Andronico

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Best Apple Watch Bands

Who cares that Beyonce has a solid gold Apple Watch band? Gold is so 5 minutes ago. Now there are so many fashionable options available, even some you can customize, your personal style will come shining through when you wear your new smartwatch. Plus, you won't need to spend $17,000 on a precious metal. These simple, elegant and chic designs range from $15.99 to $249, and since Apple makes it easy to slide in and out new bands, you can have one to match any outfit. —Anna Attkisson

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Best Apple Watch Accessories

You may still be waiting for your Apple Watch to arrive, but that doesn't mean you should wait to bling it out. There's a slew of accessory makers lining up to outfit your new smartwatch in everything from steel to leather. Keep in mind, many of these are still "coming soon," as well. As for those haters who don't understand why you need accessories for your accessory, they clearly don't understand what it is to be an Apple fan. —Anna Attkisson

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Set Up Your Apple Watch

How to Set Up Apple Watch

So, you've gotten your fancy new Apple Watch. Chances are you've already torn it out of its elegant packaging and admired its sleek design, but you won't get to answer texts or talk to Siri on your wrist until you set the device up properly. Fortunately, we've got you covered. Here's how to get your Apple Watch up and running in a few easy steps.—Michael Andronico

1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. (You'll need to be updated to at least iOS 8.2 to have the app on your phone.)

2. Select Start Pairing.

3. Pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone by holding the watch up to your phone's camera. Alternatively, you can select "Pair Apple Watch Manually" and enter the device's name into the Apple Watch app.

4. On the Apple Watch app, select "Set Up as New Apple Watch."

5. Choose your wrist preference -- left or right.

6. On the Terms and Conditions page, select Agree.

7. Enter your Apple ID.

8. When prompted about Location Services, Siri and Diagnostics, select OK.

9. Create a 4-digit passcode for your watch.

10. You'll be given the option to be able to unlock the Apple Watch with your iPhone. Choose Yes or No on your watch's display.

11. When prompted to Install Available Apps, select Install All to start downloading available Apple Watch versions of the apps already on you iPhone immediately, or Choose Later to pick your own.

12. Your Apple Watch will now start syncing with your iPhone. Once you're notified that syncing is complete, you're good to go.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Change Your Apple Watch Band

Whether you bought an Apple Watch Sport with a bright blue rubber band or a standard Apple Watch with a more fancy Milanese Loop strap, you don't have to be stuck with the same wristband for the entirety of your watch's lifecycle. There are already plenty of attractive Apple Watch bands available from both Apple and third parties, and swapping out bands is a quick and painless process. If you're looking to make your Apple Watch as distinctly "you" as possible, here's how to switch out straps.—Michael Andronico

1. On the back of the Apple Watch's case, press and hold on one of the two buttons located just below each end of the wrist strap.

2. With the button held down, slide the end of the band left to remove it.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the other end of the watch to completely remove your current band.

4. To swap in a new band, take one end of the strap and slide it in from the bottom-right of your Apple Watch's case.

5. Repeat step 4 on the opposite end of the Watch case.

It's that simple. If you're looking for ideas on how to spruce up your Apple Watch, check out our roundup of the best bands.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Send a Text Message on Your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch might not have a full keyboard, but that doesn't mean you can't quickly text friends and family members right from your wrist. The Apple Watch's Messages app makes it easy to communicate via pre-set messages such as "What's up" and "Thanks," and the watch can recommend context-sensitive replies based on your conversation. You can also dictate replies with your voice, and even send emojis. Here's how to text on Apple's new wearable.—Michael Andronico

1. Select the bright green Messages app -- it's the word balloon icon -- from the Apple Watch's home screen.

2. Press firmly on the display to bring up the New Message icon. If you see any recent conversations when opening the app, you can tap right into them and skip step 3.

3. Select New Message.

4. Tap the Add Contact field to select a recipient.

5. Choose a recent contact, or select the icon at the bottom left to search your contact list. Alternatively, you can search for a contact via voice by tapping the microphone icon on the bottom right.

6. Select Create Message.

7. Select a pre-set message to send (you can customize these messages on the Apple Watch app on your iPhone). You can tap the smiley face icon at the bottom left to send an emoji, or select the microphone icon to dictate a text message with your voice.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Make a Call on Apple Watch

Using a watch to make calls is no longer a thing of Dick Tracy comic strips. The Apple Watch brings all of your contacts to the small screen, making it almost as easy to call loved ones on your wrist as it is on your smartphone. There are several easy ways to call loved ones from your Apple Watch -- here's how to do them.—Michael Andronico

Using Siri

1. Lift the Apple Watch towards your head.

2. Say "Hey Siri, call (person's name)." Alternatively, you can press hold the digital crown to activate Siri.

Calling Your Favorites

1. Press the side button to pull up your favorite contacts. You can set up favorites on your iPhone.

2. Using the touch screen or the digital crown, scroll through your favorites until you find your desired contact and tap their icon.

3. Tap the phone icon on the bottom left to begin the call.

Using the Phone App

1. Select the green, circular Phone app from your Apple Watch's home screen. 

2. Select Favorites, Recents or Contacts to pick someone to call. Favorites pulls up the favorite contacts you set on your iPhone, Recents displays recent callers and Contacts allows you to scroll your full list of contacts.

3. Select a contact.

4. Tap the phone icon on the bottom left to make a call.

5. Once you're connected, you can adjust call volume using the slider at the top of the screen, mute yourself with the icon on the bottom right and end the call with the icon on the bottom left.

6. To hand the call off to your iPhone, select the green bar that says "Touch to return to call" at the top of your iPhone's display.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Change Text Size on Your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch does a great job displaying important information at a glance, but not everyone is going to have an easy time reading text on its tiny screen -- especially if you have the smaller 38mm model. Fortunately, just like with the iPhone, you can easily change the Apple Watch's text size to better suit your eyes. Here's how to adjust text on your Apple Watch until it's just right.—Michael Andronico

1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Select Brightness & Text Size.

3. Use the second slider to adjust text size. The farther right you move the slider, the bigger the text will be on your Apple Watch.

4. You'll now see larger or smaller text in Apple Watch apps such as Messages and Mail.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Mute Your Apple Watch and Change Sounds

One of the best features of the Apple Watch is how unobtrusive it is. But that subtlety can quickly dissipate if the device starts beeping and blinging all the time. Fortunately, the haptic alerts are still plenty noticeable even if you disable the sounds, so here are three ways for muting your Watch. The easiest method involves the Settings Glance.—Dan Moren

1. Wake your Watch.

2. Swipe up to activate Glances. You may need to swipe back or forth until you find the Settings Glance; by default, it's the leftmost.

3. Tap the Mute button on the Settings glance; it's the rightmost circle with the struck-out bell on it.

In addition, you can also mute notifications via the Settings app on the Apple Watch itself, as well as adjust the sound level.

1. Wake your Watch. 


2. Press the Digital Crown to go to the home screen.

3. Choose the Settings app.

4. Tap Sound & Haptics.

5. Switch the Mute slider to On or tap the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to adjust the volume to your desire loudness.


Finally, the same thing can be accomplished via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

1. Launch the Apple Watch app. 



2. Tap Sound & Haptics.

3. Slide the Mute slider to On, or drag the volume slider to the appropriate level.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Install Apple Watch Apps

How to Download Apple Watch Apps

With an alluring range of designs, a slick watch face and preloaded apps for everything from tracking your fitness to giving you directions, the Apple Watch impresses right out of the box. However, unlocking the wearable's full potential will require you to download a few apps. Fortunately, there are already plenty of mobile applications that take advantage of the Watch's small screen

For apps you already own, you can install the watch-compatible versions when setting up your Apple Watch. As for finding new apps, since the Apple Watch is always paired to your iPhone, getting an app is as easy as loading it onto your handset. Here's how to do it.—Michael Andronico

1. Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone.

2. Select the Featured tab at the bottom.

3. Select an app you'd like to download. Some essentials you might want to check out include Instagram, New York Times, Yelp and Twitter.

4. On the app page, select Get (free apps) or Buy (paid apps) to download your application of choice.

5. Once downloaded to your iPhone, an icon for your new app will appear on your Apple Watch's home screen.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Switch Between Apple Watch Apps

Jumping back and forth between apps is something we're all accustomed to on our phones, but it can be useful on the Apple Watch, too. There are two different ways to switch between apps -- one that you've probably already used, and another being a handy little shortcut. By default, you can jump back to the Home screen and select a different app. But you can also switch back and forth between the most recent two apps you've used by double-pressing the Digital Crown, like so.—Dan Moren

1. Wake your Apple Watch. 


2. Press the Digital Crown.


3. Launch an app, such as Messages in the screenshot below.


4. Press the Digital Crown.


5. Launch another app, such as Timer.


6. Double-press the Digital Crown to return to Messages.


Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Lock Your Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch has access to much of your personal data -- including your credit cards if you've activated Apple Pay. It's convenient to not have to enter a passcode every time you want to access the device, but sometimes you might want to secure it. The easiest solution is simply to take the Watch off your wrist, which will lock it automatically. But here are the steps if you want to manually lock your Apple Watch.—Dan Moren

1. Wake your Apple Watch.


2. Press and hold the Friends button until the Power Off screen appears.

3. Slide the Lock Device slider to the right.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen

Add Friends to Your Apple Watch Friends Screen

While Siri and the Apple Watch's Messages and Phone apps let you easily communicate with people, Apple has devoted an entire button on its watch to your friends. From that dial you can select a friend and then call them or send a text—it's also the only way that you can send Digital Touch messages to other Apple Watch wearers you know. There are only 12 spots, though, so assign them wisely.

Here's how to add new friends to your Apple Watch's Friends screen.—Dan Moren

1. First, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down until you find the Friends entry and tap that.

3. Choose any empty slot, labeled Add Friend and tap that.

4. Choose a contact from your list.

5. Press the Friends button on your Apple Watch to select your new friend.

Apple Watch Guide: Page by Page

1. How to Use the Apple Watch9. Send a Text Message
2. 10 Coolest Things the Apple Watch Can Do10. Make a Call
3. Best Apple Watch Apps11. Change Text Size
4. Best Apple Watch Games12. Mute Watch and Change Sounds
5. Best Apple Watch Bands13. Install Apps
6. Best Apple Watch Accessories14. Switch Between Apps
7. Set Up Your Apple Watch15. Lock the Watch
8. Change Your Apple Watch Band16. Add Friends to Friends Screen
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