7 Practical Apple Watch Tips and Tricks You May Not Know about
Apple Watch is one of the most powerful smartwatches you can get. You can do a lot of things with it like taking an ECG or detecting your heart rate. It also allows users to change their Apple bands as they like to showcase their style. If you want to get yourself an Apple Watch, be sure to check out the 7 tips and tricks for the Apple Watch in the content below.
- Access Notifications and Control Center when you’re inside an app
Normally, you can open the Notification Center and Control Center pretty easily on your Apple Watch by swiping down or swiping up. But when you are inside an app on your Apple Watch, you’ll notice that simply swiping up won’t bring up the Control Center, nor will you be able to open the Notification Center by swiping down from the top of the watch. When you want to access notifications or the Control Center inside an app, what you are going to do is press from the top or the bottom of the screen and hold briefly, and then you can continue to swipe down or up to bring out the Notification Center or the Control Center.
- Locate your nearby iPhone
Some people tend to forget where they put their phones easily when they are at home. And Apple Watch provides people like that with the Find My iPhone feature to help them find their iPhone quickly. When you want to locate your iPhone in the house, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face to bring up the Control Center, and then press the Find My iPhone icon. And your iPhone will start to play a sound to help you locate it. Sometimes you might be in a condition when a sound is not enough to locate your iPhone, like when you are in a room with poor lighting. In a situation like this, just long-press the Find My iPhone icon and it will activate your iPhone’s flash light and make it chime at the same time.
- Scribble predictive text
Typing a message on Apple Watch could be a little annoying even if it has the Scribble feature. Typing long words could be a frustrating thing to do. But Apple did think of this and offers Apple Watch owners with predictive text options to make typing long words easier. When typing a long word, just enter a few letters and use the crown on the right side of the Watch to see and choose from the provided predictive text options. It still takes time to pick the word you need from all those options but at least you don’t have to type in every letter of the word.
- Change the layout of the apps on your Apple Watch
If you’ve had a lot of apps installed on your Apple Watch, it’s not easy to find the app you need with the honeycomb layout which is the default layout on your Apple Watch. The honeycomb layout looks cool, but it might not be the best way to show all of your apps on the Apple Watch. Fortunately, if you are not a fan of the honeycomb layout, you can change it to a more traditional list view. Force touch when viewing your apps and then two options will pop out. Tap on List View and the honeycomb layout will be changed to a list with your apps organized alphabetically. To look for the app you need, simply scroll up and down or use the digital crown.
- Use your Apple Watch as a TV remote
There are people who forget where they put the TV remote all the time. The Apple TV comes with a rather small and slippery remote and sometimes it could be frustrating to try and find it in your home. Apparently Apple knows the remote could be lost easily, so they added a Remote app on iPhone as well as the Apple Watch. If your iPhone is in another room and you don’t feel like getting it, you can just use your Apple Watch as a remote for your Apple TV.
Open the Remote app on your Apple Watch, select your Apple TV and then you can navigate through tvOS with your Apple Watch.
- Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has a feature that can make it much more convenient for Mac users to access their Mac. There’s a setting in macOS that allows you to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. With this option turned on, you won’t have to enter the password to unlock your Mac as long as you are wearing your Apple Watch.
To turn on this option on your Mac, go to Settings>Security and Privacy, and there’s an option called Unlock with Apple Watch. Turn this option on and you will be asked to set up a passcode for your Apple Watch if you haven’t done this before. After you are done setting things up, you will be able to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. When you try to log into your Mac, it will detect your Apple Watch and unlock automatically.
- Turn off audio controls
The audio apps on the Apple Watch can be a bit annoying sometimes because it might get in your way when you need to access certain apps. For example, when you have music playing on your Apple Watch, you will always see the music control first and you will have to get pass it in order to move on to using other apps and feature. It could be a little annoying and cause inconvenience sometimes. The good new is, you can turn it off. Just go to Settings>General>Wake Screen and then toggle off Auto-Launch Audio Apps.
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