(watchOS 7.4) You probably could’ve done with some of these Apple Watch tips sooner. But, in watchOS 7.4, the Apple Watch can now unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask. Face ID and the password on your iPhone can be bypassed as long as your Apple Watch is unlocked on your wrist (but only when wearing a face mask). It will not, nevertheless, be triggered instantly; instead, take the following steps:
If you’re not wearing your Apple Watch, you can use it as a nightstand clock, making it handy even whilst charging. Of course, the Apple Watch can now track sleep, but if you want to charge it instead of wearing it on your wrist at night, you may utilize Bedside Mode by simply resting it on its side.
If you want to see the time without appearing rude, gently turn the digital crown upward, and the screen will gradually lighten up, allowing you to peek subtly.
The Apple Watch may be physically used in many ways. All that remains is for you to decide which way is your favourite. Apps in the main menu, for example, can be opened by clicking the icon. However, some users have discovered that tapping isn’t perfect. You could miss and open another app by mistake. Instead of tapping it once it’s been centred, use the Digital Crown to click and open it. This is a lot easier if you use List View rather than Grid.
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!
Even though the Apple Watch display turns off automatically after a few seconds of inactivity or lowering your wrist, you might want to turn it off immediately to save battery. But did you know that you can use your palm to turn off the display of your Apple Watch? Here is our first Apple Watch tip: Just place the palm of your hand over the watch and it turns off the display and also, mutes incoming calls. Smart, isn’t it?
Apple Watch users probably listen to music through AirPods. It’s probably already common knowledge that AirPod’s battery life can be checked using the widget on your iPhone, but did you know it’s possible to check it from your Apple Watch as well? To view your watch’s battery percentage, go to Control Center > Battery. As well as displaying the percentage of the battery in your Apple Watch, this will also display the battery level in your AirPods. One of the best things about it is that it still works if the AirPods are linked to either your iPhone or Apple Watch.
If your Watch is set to notify you with chimes, but you’re in the middle of a meeting or conversation, you can enable ‘Cover to Mute’ under the Sound & Haptics settings. Cover your watch for 3 seconds to activate it and mute the unnecessary noises.
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.