How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

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. The Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE connectivity even gives you the freedom to make calls without an iPhone, although the watch warms up to an uncomfortable extent during calls in our testing. (You'll also need a separate data plan for that model.) Either with cellular or without, there are several easy ways to call loved ones from your Apple Watch.—Michael Andronico and Althea Chang

Using Siri

1. Lift the Apple Watch toward your mouth.

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

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 find who you'd like 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. You can also dial a number with the Keypad.

3. From your Contacts list, select a contact.

4.Tap the phone icon on the bottom left to make a call if your given that option. (It depends on the contact information and preferences you've set on your phone.)

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, tap the green bar that says "Touch to return to call" at the top of your iPhone's display.

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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.
  • 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!
  • angelsaysno
    THANK YOU this was very helpful!