How to Use and Personalize Your Apple Watch

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. WatchOS 3 added another way to text: the Scribble feature lets you sketch out words on your Apple Watch's display, with your scribbling converted into text.

Here's how to text on Apple's new wearable.—Michael Andronico and Philip Michaels

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. Otherwise tap that icon.

3. Tap the Add Contact field to select a recipient. You can choose a recent contact, click the person icon on the right to search your contact list, or tap the microphone icon to search by voice.

4. Select Create Message. You can then scroll down to pick a pre-set message to send. (You can customize these message on the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.)

Other options for responses include emojis (tap the smiley face icon), dictation (tap the microphone icon) or sending haptic feedback (tap the heart icon). To access the new Scribble feature, just tap Scribble and use your finger to draw on the Apple Watch display. Your drawing will convert to text.

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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!