40 Awesome Apple Watch Tips & Tricks: Max efficiency!

Apple Watch is a series of smartwatches manufactured by Apple Inc. It has fitness monitoring, health-related functions, wireless connection, and iOS and other Apple goods and services integration. The Apple Watch is a terrific technology, but are you taking full use of it? Are you familiar with all of its features and hidden hacks? Allow us to assist you by sharing 40 Awesome Apple Watch Tips & Tricks.

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Note: The information provided here is specific to devices running watchOS 8. (Apple Watch Series 7, 6, SE, 5, 4, 3). However, some of the Apple Watch Tips & Tricks are also compatible with watchOS 6 and earlier.

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Customize your Apple Watch

Here are the 40 Awesome Tips & Tricks you can use to maximize your efficiency and productivity and get the most fun out of your Apple watch

1. Have Apple Watch announce the time

The first one on the list of Apple Watch Tips & Tricks is to have the Apple watch announce the time. To activate your watch screen, press two fingers on the watch’s face. The time will be announced. If it does not:

  1. Open Settings and tap Clock.
  2. Enable Speak Time.

Note: Alternatively, you may also use a haptic version of the time.

2. Get chimes every few minutes

Do you want your Apple Watch to produce a sound every 15, 30, or 60 minutes while it is not in quiet mode? If so, here’s how to go about it.

  1. Open Settings on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Tap Chimes.
  4. Enable the switch for Chimes.
  5. Next, tap Schedule to choose an interval. Tap Sounds to select the desired tone.

3. Customize the Dock to show favourite apps

Apple Watch Dock displays the ten most recently opened applications by default when the side button is touched. You may, however, adjust the option to show up to 10 favourite applications.

  1. Open the Watch app on the paired iPhone.
  2. Tap Dock from the My Watch tab.
  3. Under DOCK ORDERING, choose Favorites.
  4. Next, tap Edit to add apps to FAVORITES.
    You may also rearrange them if desired.

You can also add, remove, or rearrange apps in the Apple Watch Dock; just follow this guide to know-how.

4. Customize the watch face

You may modify the watch face to meet your workflow, whether for work, workouts, driving, or anything else; from adding/removing complications to changing colours, there’s a lot you can do.

You can also use portrait images as watch faces, schedule the Apple Watch to face to change based on time and location, and share watch faces with family and friends.

5. Enable or disable the Always-On display on the Apple Watch

If you have Apple Watch Series 5 or later, you can choose to use the ‘Always On’ feature. (It is enabled by default.) But if you prefer a bit more battery life, you can choose to turn off the Always-On display feature.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to see all the apps. Tap on Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Display & Brightness.
  3. Tap on Always On.
  4. Disable the toggle for Always On.

6. Customize app layout for a smoother workflow

You see a bubble of apps when you press the Digital Crown. But did you know that you can move and rearrange these app icons as you like, from hourglass to X?

  1. Press the Digital Crown to see the app icons.
  2. Press and hold on to one icon until all icons start jiggling.
  3. Touch and drag the desired app to a new place.

Furthermore, you can use the Watch app on the iPhone to rearrange apps; it’s much easier and smoother.

7. Change app view from grid to list

Feel it challenging to find the apps quickly from the app bubble? Worry not; you can easily switch from this view to the list view, where all your watch apps will be listed alphabetically.

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap App View.
  3. Select List View.

8. Increase text size to read comfortably

The Apple Watch screen is tiny, and if you have difficulty reading the text on it. Once you do that, it will become comfortable to figure out the contents of the watch display.

  1. Launch the Apple Watch Settings app.
  2. Tap Display & Brightness.
  3. Scroll down and tap Text Size.
  4. Rotate the Digital Crown or tap Aa to change the text size.
  5. Go back or press any physical watch button to save the changes.

Using Apple Watch

Below are some of the Apple Watch Tips & Tricks that will help you in using the apple watch day-to-day.

9. Eject water from the Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is waterproof, but you should force eject the water from its grills after a swim or rain.

  1. Bring up the Control CenterFrom the watch face, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. If you are inside any other screen (except the Home screen), swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Scroll down and tap the droplet icon.
  3. The Watch will ask you to turn the Digital Crown. Do that. You will hear a sound when the process begins.

10. Quit apps on the Apple Watch

Have a non-responsive app or feel that an unnecessary app drains your Watch’s battery? Follow the below steps to quickly force quit apps on the Apple Watch.

  1. Press the side button (one below the round Digital Crown) to see open apps.
  2. Swipe right to left on an app card.
  3. Tap on the red close button.

11. Quickly switch between two apps

A neat secret hack, not many Apple Watch users realize that you can switch between two apps with two taps. Here’s how

  1. Launch the first app and press the Digital Crown.
  2. From the app screen, select the second app.
  3. Now, press the Digital Crown twice to jump between the two apps.

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12. Disable unnecessary app notifications

It’s convenient that Apple Watch displays app alerts on your wrist. However, it may be pretty distracting and have an impact on battery life. Fortunately, Apple has included numerous methods for managing alerts.

  • Focus mode – Introduced in watchOS 8, Focus helps you keep distractions at bay while only filtering time-sensitive notifications and essential calls.
  • Notification Summaries – When selected, all future notifications from the app will appear in the Notification Summary on your iPhone.
  • Disable notification – You can manage all notifications and alerts from the Apple Watch app on iPhone on the fly, from the Apple Watch; here’s how:
    1. When an unwanted notification pops up, swipe left the notification/alert.
    2. Select More (…).
    3. Here you can either select:
      • Mute 1 Hour
      • Add to Summary
      • Turn Off

13. Use Siri smartly on the Apple Watch

There are multiple ways to activate Siri on Apple Watch,

  • Press the Digital Crown
  • Say, “Hey Siri”
  • Raise to Speak
  • Tap the Siri button on the Siri watch face

Once activated, you may ask Siri any question you want. You can even instruct it to announce calls and texts through your AirPods and send messages from your Apple Watch. I would advise you not to dismiss Siri’s abilities but rather investigate them as much as possible.

14. Take screenshots of the Apple Watch screen

Do you want to record what’s on your little Apple Watch screen? Press the Digital Crown and the side button simultaneously to take a screenshot. The photograph will be stored on the associated iPhone’s Photos app. This is turned off by default.

So, open the Settings app on your Watch, and tap on General → Screenshots → to enable it.

15. Use the Apple Watch for transit

You may use your Apple Watch to pay in-store or online with Apple Pa. You may now use your Apple Watch to pay for metro, rail, and bus rides!

16. Set a timer so that you do not forget things

Setting a fast timer on the Apple Watch is a lifesaver, especially while cooking, doing laundry, or doing anything else. The simplest method is to invoke Siri on your smartwatch and ask it to ‘Set a timer for 10 minutes.’

The handwashing timer is another intriguing timing function on the Apple Watch. Check out the Health and Safety section for further information.

17. Show two time zones simultaneously

On Apple Watch Series 4 and later, you can use the GMT watch face to keep track of two time zones. The inside one shows the local time, and the outer ring has the city time chosen by you.

Open the Watch app on the iPhone and tap Face Gallery. Under New in watchOS, tap on GMT and ADD it to the Watch.

Rotate the Digital Crown on the GMT watch face to choose the second time zone clock. Now, select a pre-listed city and tap the checkmark icon.

Or, to add a city of your choice, go to the World Clock section of the iPhone Clock app. Now add the town here. After that, it will appear in the list of cities added to the GMT watch face.

18. Replying to messages or emails on Apple Watch

Prior to watchOS 8, you could only create and share a personalised reply message. However, you can now do a little more.

  • Send a message using Scribble, or dictate text using your iPhone’s QWERTY and QuickPath keyboards (only available on watchOS 7)
  • In a personal or group chat, respond to a specific message.
  • Send a Retweet (emoji)
  • Spread the word/forward the message

19. Quickly mute an incoming call

When you receive a call, quiet the tone by placing your hands on the Apple Watch for 3 seconds. If this doesn’t work, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch, touch on Sound & Haptics, and make sure the Cover to Mute option is turned on.

20. Quickly switch between the last two apps

Swiftly double press the Digital Crown to switch between two recent apps.

21. Set your clock a few minutes ahead

I used to adore setting my regular Watch 5 minutes ahead. On the Apple Watch, I do the same thing. It aids with time management. Your alarms, alerts, and other time-based settings stay unaffected when you set your clock ahead. Only the reading on the watch face is in front of you. Neat!

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap Clock.
  3. Tap +0 min and increase it by 1 to 59 minutes, as desired.
  4. Finally, tap Set.

22. Use hand gestures to control Apple Watch

Another gift from watchOS 8, you can control your Apple Watch without even touching it. While I’ll call it magic, Apple has dubbed the feature as AssistiveTouch.

For now, you can:

  • Navigate forward to a different button by pinching your fingers.
  • Move backwards when you double pinch.
  • Clench your hand to confirm the selection.
  • Double clench your hand to launch the Action Menu.

But before you can perform these magic tricks, you must enable them.

23. Apple Watch Keyboard

This one is one of the most awaited features for Apple users and we have it covered in our list of Apple Watch Tips & Tricks. Alas, a long-missing feature finally arrives on Apple Watch. However, the quality is limited to Apple Watch 7 due to the broader screen. And If you’re using an older watch, third-party apps are the only option.

To get and use Apple Watch 7 keyboard:

  1. Open any text input app (Messages, Mail, etc.).
  2. Use an existing message/mail/document or create a new one.
  3. Once you’re on the text field, the keyboard will auto-invoke.
  4. Tap the letters to write words.

You can also glide your fingers across the letters to use the swipe-through function. You can also tap the mic icon to start dictation or emoji icons to insert emojis in the text.

24. Use the Shortcuts app on Apple Watch

In our world, there are two sorts of iPhone users. One saves time by employing different shortcuts, while the other is oblivious of the app’s capabilities. The same is true for Apple Watch users, at least since watchOS 7, when Apple introduced the power to the Watch.

Remember how we said you could change the face of your Apple Watch based on your location or time? That is achievable because of Shortcuts. Go to Shortcuts on your iPhone to explore the available shortcuts or to build your own.

25. Customize Control Center on Apple Watch

Did you know that you can rearrange, delete, or add icons in Control Center? Imagine keeping all the important ones at the top, so you don’t waste time finding them.

  1. From the watch face, swipe up to invoke Control Center.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Edit.
  3. Here,
    • Drag the icons to rearrange them.
    • Tap the – icon to delete.
    • Tap the + icon to add back a deleted icon.

Health and Safety

Apple Watch is primarily a fitness device that encourages you to stay healthy, motivated, and safe. Thus, we have dedicated posts for the tips mentioned below.

26. Use Apple Fitness+ on the Apple Watch

In December 2020, Apple announced a new service called Fitness+. There are videos and instructions for several exercises by accomplished trainers here.

27. Cycle tracking on the Apple Watch

It can be troublesome to track a woman’s monthly periods. Apple Watch makes it convenient to track cycles. Here’s how you can set up a cycle track:

  1. Go to the Health App → Browse → Cycle Tracking.
  2. Tap Get Started→ enter all the details → tap Next, or I’m not sure to continue.
  3. Tap Options and adjust the cycle length, if necessary.

28. Measure blood oxygen

With the latest Series 6, you can conveniently measure the oxygen level of your blood. The results are pretty accurate and help you understand your health well.

  1. Once you’ve set up the Blood Oxygen app on the Apple Watch, wear your Watch.
  2. Open the Blood Oxygen app.
  3. For 15 seconds, keep your arm steady.
  4. See the results and tap done.

29. Use EGC on the Apple Watch

For short, an electrocardiogram or EGC records the timing and strength of the electrical signals that make the heartbeat.’ Head over to this post to learn how to use it on Apple Watch. and How to use Cardio Fitness on Apple Watch (Fitness guide)

30. Enable the handwashing feature (important)

The handwashing timer automatically starts displaying on the Apple Watch screen when you begin to wash your hands. It recommends you to keep washing for at least 20 seconds (this is the time recommended by global health organisations.)

31. Use sleep tracking on the Apple Watch

Finally (with watchOS 7), you can use your Apple Watch for sleep tracking.

32. Use fall detection with Apple Watch

Apple Watch Series 4 and later enable fall detection, which allows you to communicate with emergency services more rapidly. If you do not move after a fall, the system will immediately contact emergency personnel. It will also notify your emergency contacts of your position and that you have experienced a heavy fall.

Other helpful Apple Watch tips

Besides some Apple Watch Tips & Tricks, there are some other tips that can be helpful in everyday usage of your Apple watch and that list starts right here.

33. Use Digital Crown to view the time slyly

Let us assume you are in a meeting. You do not want to lift your wrist or tap to wake the screen to full brightness. In this case, rotate the Digital Crown discreetly to see the time. Rotate it back to dim the display.

Note: This isn’t available when the Always-On feature is enabled.

34. Nightstand mode on your Apple Watch

Place your Apple Watch on a table while it is charging at night, and it will display the current time, date, and alarm. It may appear basic, but it is a useful function to have when you wake up at night.

35. Use the Apple Watch for directions

This feature will appeal to the traveller, hiker, or cyclist in you. The Apple Watch has the Compass app, which allows you to view instructions right on your wrist. You may also receive cycling directions on your Apple Watch using Apple Maps.

36. Use the Apple Watch as a flashlight. Yes. Flashlight!

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the watch face screen to bring up the Control Center. From any other screen (except the Home Screen), touch and hold the bottom of the screen and swipe up.
  2. Tap the flashlight icon.
  3. Use one of the three modes for light or alerts.
  4. Swipe down or press the Digital Crown or Side button to turn off the flashlight.

37. Transfer calls between the iPhone and Apple Watch

If you receive a phone notification on your Apple Watch, you may pick it up and have a brief discussion. However, if you anticipate a lengthy conversation, you may effortlessly transfer the call from your Watch to the linked iPhone.

38. Send dictated text reply always as audio

The Watch allows you to transcribe or send it as audio. Reply’ when you dictate a message. However, you can select the appropriate option if you want to always transmit the dictated message as an audio message (or transcribed).

You may also change the dictation language on your Apple Watch. You can talk in your favourite language with a minor adjustment (if that is supported).

39. Use the Safari browser on your Apple Watch

Although Apple Watch doesn’t have a Safari app, there is a secret Safari browser. You can use it via the Messages and Mail app. Simply tap the link and enjoy the website. The screen is too small for a good read, but it’s a great hack for specific instances.

40 Check AirPods battery status from the Watch

The battery widget on the iPhone in iOS 14 is a fantastic addition. But in several instances, you may wish to check the battery status of the connected AirPods or even the iPhone straight from your wrist!

  1. Go to the Apple Watch Control Center.
  2. Tap the battery percentage.
  3. Here you will see additional details, including the battery status of AirPods or any other connected device.

41. Use the Apple Watch to play sound on the iPhone to locate it

Do not you remember where you kept your iPhone? Is it on the sofa, bed, or study table? Just bring up the Apple Watch Control Center and tap the phone icon. The iPhone will start beeping so that you can quickly locate it.

42. See the exact battery percentage while charging your Apple Watch

When the Apple Watch is charging, it shows a small charging logo. When you tap it, you will see the same battery percentage.

43. Know the ambient noise levels

The handy Noise app on your Apple Watch can tell you the ambient noise level. This can even warn you if the noise is continuously high and, thus, dangerous. A nifty feature but can come in handy for old-age or younger ones which is why it made its way to the top 40 Apple Watch Tips & Tricks.

44. Unlock Mac with the Apple Watch

If you own a Mac and Apple Watch, unlocking your computer gets effortless. When the setting is enabled, all you have to do is go near the Mac while wearing the Watch. Moreover, you can also approve payments and password authentications via your Apple Watch if your Mac is on macOS Catalina or later.

45. Use the Apple Watch for creative photography

Do you need to take a group photo? Or do you simply wish to photograph anything from a distance? Place the iPhone correctly and use the Apple Watch to control the live viewfinder and camera shutter buttons!

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Navigate to your Watch’s Home screen.
  2. Select the Camera icon.
  3. If the iPhone’s camera app is closed, tap open camera.
  4. This is a glimpse of what your iPhone is about to capture.
  5. To click, press the shutter button.

Conclusion

This was a long voyage of Apple Watch Tips & Tricks, but I hope you found it helpful and learned a lot of new things. What is/are your favourite (s) from the above list? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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