If you own an Apple Watch, we bet you didn’t know just how many cool things it can do. Luckily, we’re here to give you a list of the 11 best Apple Watch tips and tricks.
1. Unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask
You probably could’ve done with some of these Apple Watch tips sooner. But, in watchOS 7.4, the Apple Watch can now unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask. Face ID and the password on your iPhone can be bypassed as long as your Apple Watch is unlocked on your wrist (but only when wearing a face mask). It will not, nevertheless, be triggered instantly; instead, take the following steps:
- 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- 2. From the menu, choose Face ID and Passcode.
- 3. Turn on the Unlock With Apple Watch option.
- 4. Recognize the warning.
2. Use at night
If you’re not wearing your Apple Watch, you can use it as a nightstand clock, making it handy even whilst charging.
Of course, the Apple Watch can now track sleep, but if you want to charge it instead of wearing it on your wrist at night, you may utilize Bedside Mode by simply resting it on its side.
3. Discreetly check the time
If you want to see the time without appearing rude, gently turn the digital crown upward, and the screen will gradually lighten up, allowing you to peek subtly.
4. Launch apps with the Digital Crown
The Apple Watch may be physically used in many ways. All that remains is for you to decide which way is your favorite. Apps in the main menu, for example, can be opened by clicking the icon. However, some users have discovered that tapping isn’t perfect. You could miss and open another app by mistake. Instead of tapping it once it’s been centered, use the Digital Crown to click and open it. This is a lot easier if you use List View rather than Grid.
5. Cover the display to mute
If your Watch is set to notify you with chimes, but you’re in the middle of a meeting or conversation, you can enable ‘Cover to Mute’ under the Sound & Haptics settings.
Cover your watch for 3 seconds to activate it and mute the unnecessary noises.
6. Transfer a call to your iPhone
An advantage of the Apple Watch is the ability to take a call from your wrist. Though if you want to continue the discussion on your iPhone, it’s not a problem.
- Answer the call by tapping the green phone button on your watch face.
- On your iPhone, tap the green phone button in the upper-left corner.
- The call will now automatically transfer from your Apple Watch to the iPhone.
7. Keep the Watch safe using Water Lock
(Apple Watch Series 2 and later)
Water Lock was a new feature in watchOS 3. This locks the screen to prevent it from being activated or flooded by water. It was included to make use of the Apple Watch Series 2’s increased water resistance. Especially handy (and engaged automatically) when you start a swimming activity in the Workout app. But it’s a good idea to use it in the rain or shower, too. However, you’ll have to do this manually.
Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to enter the Control Centre, which includes a number of frequently used controls. Choose the water droplet icon.
Turn off Water Lock by rotating the Digital Crown dial. The Water Lock will be disabled. You’ll hear a sort of beeping noise when the speaker vibrates to purge any remaining water.
8. Unlock your Mac
One of the most useful Apple Watch tips if you have an Apple ecosystem. Apple’s unique device synchronization was introduced with watchOS 3 and macOS Sierra. You may now use your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac without the need for a password.
Ensure your devices are both linked to the same iCloud account. Set up a passcode on your watch if you haven’t already. On your Mac, go through the following settings: Under System Preferences, go to Security & Privacy > General. Allowing your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac should be checked.
9. Make your iPhone flash when you ping it
You might already know that you’re able to ‘ping’ a lost iPhone with an Apple Watch.
Simply go to the Settings Glance on your Apple Watch and press the iPhone with a sound icon. This sends a signal to the linked iPhone, prompting it to make a loud noise, making it simple to find. Isn’t that handy?
If pinging your iPhone fails, push and hold the iPhone symbol on your Apple Watch to trigger the phone’s LED flash. This should help you find your misplaced iPhone if it’s dark enough to see the flashes!
10. Organise your home screen
With a small screen and a large number of apps, it can be difficult to find the ones you want to utilize.
The simplest way to organize your Apple Watch home screen, as with the iPhone, is to tap and hold the app icon until it does the famous wiggle. After everything begins to jiggle, drag the icon to its new position. And, this is also how you can remove any third-party apps.
You may also use the Apple Watch app on your iPhone to organize your Apple Watch home screen if you want.
11. Share your location via your Apple Watch
Nothing is more irritating than going to meet friends only to have them text you to see where you are every 5 minutes. You have two choices. One, set your Watch to Do Not Disturb and ignore them. Two, notify them of your whereabouts.
Open Messages on your Apple Watch, select a thread to reply to, and then force press the screen to select ‘Send Location’ rather than dictating a response. This will send your exact location from your iPhone to everybody in that thread.
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Last Updated on June 28, 2021