Apple watch tips

Finding iPhone in the dark

This is an oldie, but goldie. After you bring up Control Center and tap the phone icon, the watch will ping your misplaced iPhone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. But if you tap and hold that same Control Center toggle, doing so shall make your phone flash. That’s pretty great if you have no clue where your phone is or want to locate it in the dark!

Mute Apple Watch

One of the first things I like to do after setting up an Apple Watch is to mute it. By default, it makes a sound every time you get a notification. And there’s no need for that. Apple Watch’s haptic feedback is really good by itself. Swipe up to reveal the Control Center and tap on the Bell icon to enable Silent mode.

Try New Visual Watch Faces

There are a couple of really nice watch faces that make use of the curved edges of the Apple Watch Series 4. Try the Fire, Water, and Vapor faces.

Try ECG Feature

Go to the Health app on your iPhone to set it up. You have to be over the age of 22 to use this feature. Once it’s set up on the iPhone, open the new ECG app on your Apple Watch. Rest your hand on a table and put your finger on the Digital Crown and wait for thirty seconds. Try not to move during that time. After the set time, your ECG report will be ready. You’ll be notified if Apple Watch suspected something wrong with your heart rate or if you show signs of atrial fibrillation.

Customize Infographic Watch Face

One of the best things about the new Apple Watch design is the bigger screens. And there’s a new watch face that will let you take advantage of all the new screen real estate. Force Touch on the watch face, swipe to the end and add the Infographic watch face. This watch face allows you to add eight different complications on one screen! Plus a calendar appointment that shows up in the dial itself. That’s a lot of complications! Instead of setting up 2-3 different modular watch faces, you can now have one watch face that shows all your stats, activity, shortcuts and more.

Automatically pause workouts

One thing that helps a lot during workouts is that the Apple can automatically pause and resume running workouts when you stop moving. This way, only the calories burnt while running get counted. You can enable this option in Settings > Workout > Enable the Running Auto Pause toggle button.

Set a passcode on your Watch

Your Apple Watch may not contain as much data as your phone but does offer some important features. For example, support for Apple Pay and making phone calls. Hence, you should prefer to add a passcode to your Apple Watch and enable wrist detection so it automatically locks when taken off the wrist. To enable passcode, go to Settings > Passcode. Here, you can scroll down to find the wrist detection toggle button.

Set Time Ahead

Most of us adopt a lazy lifestyle, and hitting the snooze button one more time is all we want. This Apple Watch trick saves the embarrassment of reaching late in an important meeting. You can set the watch to display time ahead on the watch face for up to one hour. So, you will stay ahead of time but not late. Go to Settings > Clock > Tap on the button under Set Watch Display Time Ahead. Tap on Set after choosing the desired minutes. Changing the watch face time won’t affect your notifications or other alerts.

Change text size

Given the small screen size of the Apple Watch, it might be a little difficult to read text easily. Especially, when you look at it after using your phone. Here, you can make the text appear a little bigger to relax your eyes. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Text size.

Enable Notification Privacy

Privacy is the new hot word these days, and you don’t want other people peaking at your notifications in public places. Here, you can turn on the Notification Privacy feature on the Apple Watch that hides details when a notification pops up. Go to Settings > Notifications > Enable the toggle button that says Notification Privacy. You can tap on a particular notification to see its details.