Apple watch tips

Use Apple Watch as Camera Remote

Open the Camera app on your Apple Watch and it will instantly fire up the Camera on your iPhone. You can then tap on the shutter button on Apple Watch to take a picture or use the timer.

Use Digital Crown to Control Volume

When you’re in a Now Playing screen for any app, just use the Digital Crown to control the volume. You can do this without looking or activating the screen.

Deliver Notifications Quietly on Apple Watch

You can choose to deliver notifications directly to the Notification Center for certain apps. This won’t alert you when you get a new notification. This setting is synced with the iPhone as well. Next time you get a notification from such an app, swipe left and tap on the menu button. Then select Deliver Quietly option. If you change your mind, you can go in later and switch to Delivery Prominently.

Disable Notifications on Apple Watch

There’s now a quick way to disable notifications from an annoying app on the Apple Watch. When you get a notification from the app, swipe left on it and tap on the menu button. Then select Turn off on Apple Watch.

Try the Siri Watch Face

The Siri watch face in watchOS 5 has been improved and updated. You’ll now find intelligent Siri Suggestions right on the watch face.

Raise to Speak to Siri

On the Series 4 Apple Watch you don’t need to press the Digital Crown or say Hey Siri to speak to Siri. Just lift your arm, bring it close to your face, and start speaking. Siri will instantly recognize and start transcribing your commands. In my experience, I’ve found this way faster than other methods of talking to Siri on the Apple Watch. And it actually makes Siri useful on the wrist!

Access Control Center and Notifications From Anywhere

In previous versions of watchOS, you could only access Notifications or Control Center from the watch face. Now, you can do it from anywhere, just in a different way. When you’re in an app, tap and hold a bit on the bottom or the top edge till you see a panel show up. Then drag it up or down to reveal Control Center or Notification Center respectively.

Pick any band you want

At long last, you are no longer confined to Apple’s combinations of Apple Watch bands and case materials. With Apple Watch Series 5, you can mix and match bands and cases materials any way you like, whether in store or online.

Noise app

Be sure to check out the Noise app (and put a Noise complication on your favorite watch face) if you’d like to be alerted about exposure to noise levels that could damage your hearing. This feature may decrease battery life so use it sparingly and only when it makes sense (as in, you don’t need a Noise complication on your nighttime watch face).

Keep tabs on your heart

Like with Series 4, Series 5 includes an electrocardiogram that could actually save your life be spotting adverse heart rate effects even if you’re unaware of them, such as when your heart rate is speeding up a lot while you’re not really doing anything physically demanding.