Apple watch tips

Translate Languages Using Siri

You no longer need to use your iPhone to quickly translate languages as you can do it using Siri on your Apple Watch as well. You can quickly trigger Siri and ask for language conversion. Opt for the Apple Watch’s microphone to dictate words and sentences and ask Siri to convert it to another language (from the set of supported languages). As of now, Siri on Apple Watch supports 10 languages including Spanish, English, Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.

Handwash Detection

Given the current scenario, it is important that one washes their hands frequently. Your Apple Watch can help you in this regard as it can remind you periodically to wash your hands as well as when you come back home. The Handwash detection feature will require you to wash your hands for 20 seconds. If you stop washing your hands before that, your watch will give you a haptic feedback to encourage you to continue washing your hands. It is not easy to fool the feature as well since Apple uses the microphone to listen to the sound of running water along with another advanced algorithm to determine if you are washing your hands or not.

Hide Watch Apps

You can choose to hide or disable any Watch app even if you’ve enabled the option to sync all available Watch apps. Open the Watch app, find the app in question and then turn off the Show App on Apple Watch option.

Cover Your Apple Watch to Mute

When your Apple Watch is buzzing, making a sound, or if it has lit up at a bad time, just cover your it with your palm to mute the sound, haptic feedback, or to just turn off the screen.

Ring Your iPhone

Have your iPhone in silent mode and can’t find where you last kept it? You can use your Apple Watch to ping it. Open the Control Center on your Apple Watch Series 6 and tap on the iPhone button to ping it. Your iPhone will then make a sound — even if it is silent mode — thereby allowing you to easily find it.

Use Theater Mode

There are times when you don’t want your Apple Watch to light up every time you move your hand or when you get a call or notification. Swipe up to access Control Center and tap on the Theater Mode icon to enable it. Granted a lot of us have not gone to a movie hall in a few months now but this is a useful mode to have even when you are in a super important meeting or video call.

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.

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. This is important if you receive a lot of notification on a daily basis. Not every notification is important and your Apple Watch does not need to buzz for all of them. Next time you want a notification to be delivered silently, swipe left on its notification on your Apple Watch 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.

Raise to Speak to Siri

Siri might not be as smart as Google Assistant or Alexa but you can still use it to set reminders and get other tasks done in a jiffy. Apple also makes it extremely convenient to talk to Siri. Whenever you need to trigger the assistant, simply raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri” and start speaking to the assistant. This reduces the friction in talking to a virtual assistant and improves its usefulness.

Always-On Altimeter

Apple is using a new altimeter on the Apple Watch Series 6 that provides real-time elevation data. This is possible due to the company using a more power-efficient altimeter that can also take data from GPS and Wi-Fi networks. This not only makes the new altimeter more accurate — it can detect changes as small as one foot, it is also more power-efficient. Thanks to these improvements, you can get real-time data from the altimeter as a complication on a watch face or as a workout metric on your Apple Watch Series 6.