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Simple Apple Watch Features & Tips

From being allowed to monitor your heart rate to being shown your most recent text messages, the Apple Watch Series 5 was a ground breaking smartwatch when launched back in 2019, it introduced a range of very unique & interesting features for the very first time. While trying to get used to the Apple smartwatch and explore all its functionality can really take a serious amount of time, even if you’ve upgraded from the previous Apple Watch Series 5, you will have to get used to the new way of navigating through you iPhone’s apps.

Here at Hitech Accessories & Phone Repair, we’ve put together some helpful tips and hacks to help it become more simple to understand and get more out of your new smartwatch while discovering new things.

1. Enlarge Your Text

The only disadvantage of the Apple Watch besides it being useful or unique. Is that being a smartwatch, the display tends to be very small compared to an average iPhone. The good news is that you can avoid having to cause damage to your eyes by just changing the size of the text your Apple Watch displays on the screen. To complete this step, head over to Settings > Brightness & Text Size. Then configure Text Size accordingly to whatever you like.

2. Turn off the always-on display

The Apple Watch Series has an always-on display so that you can see the face of your Apple Watch without having to move your wrist downwards. Nevertheless, if you would like your watch to turn the display off when you are not using it, you can do this with a quick & simple setting change on the Watch. On your SmartWatch, start to begin by pressing the Digital Crown on the side of the watch to bring yourself to the apps listed on the watch, Now then, Scroll down and tap the Settings app. Scroll down once again and select the Display & Brightness option that is shown, and tap on the Always On setting to alter this.

3. Mute Alerts

Open the Settings app. Scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics. Turn Haptic Alertson or off.

4. Unlock Mac with Apple Watch

If you own a Mac built from 2013 and up, that is running macOS High Sierra, you can be allowed to have your Mac just automatically unlock when it suddenly detects you are nearby it, and wearing the SmartWatch. To enable this certain function, open your Mac, then open “System Preferences”. The next step is to now select the Security & Privacy option, next the General tab. And finally, in the last step, click on the check that says “Allow Apple Watch to unlock your Mac” checkbox to enable this feature.

5. Set Specific Message Responses

If you have received or even sent a message directly from your Watch, you’ve most likely noticed that there is a list of already recommend message responses that are available for you to tap & send quick responses. What you may have not known is that you can also add custom messages of your choice to the list. If you would like to add custom text replies of your own to the Apple Watch, first begin by simply opening the Apple Watch app on your iPad or iPhone. Scroll down until you see the Messages app option, hit select, and right after selecting Messages select the “Default Replies” menu. Now, you can easily add any custom reply you would like, to your Watch.

6. Organize Apps

If you click the side button on your Watch will open & show the app dock, by default, it will also show you a list of the most recently used apps. What you may have not known is that you can also customize what is shown on your screen & how your dock is organized/set up — either your most recent apps or your favorite apps. To change what is displayed, open the Watch app on your iPhone. Next, select the Dock option. Here, you can pick whether to show Recents or Favorites. If Favorites is chosen, you can tap the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner to then add or remove which apps you wish to display.

7. Eject Water

The Apple Watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters, but later on, after you go for a swim, you will still need to use the Apple Watch’s eject function to remove any water from your Watch’s internal speaker. Right before you go for a swim, swipe up on the screen of your watch face to access its Control Center. Next, you will need to tap the “water eject button” — it is an icon shaped like a droplet of water. Once out of the water, rotate the Digital Crown of the watch to clear out any water — you will hear beeps afterward this process.

8. Manage Your Notifications

Do you feel bombarded or annoyed by unwanted notifications from your Apple Watch? Not all notifications you might want to hear from & receive require a buzz from your wrist. If you would like to change what apps can send notifications to your watch, simply begin by opening the Apple Watch App on your device. Now, select the Notifications option, scroll down to your list of apps downloaded on the watch or that show, and now use the toggle switches to determine which notifications will be allowed to appear & sound on your Apple Watch.

9. Wake Up To The Last Opened App

If you tend to always find yourself always lifting your wrist expecting to see a specific app on your Apple Watch screen, but instead greeted with the face or lock screen of the watch, you can change this by adjusting the length of time the watch keeps the last used app on-screen. From your watch, go ahead and click the Digitial Crown on the left side of your Apple Watch to bring you to your app dock or view, Now select settings. Next, you will need to navigate to the “General” option and select “Wake Screen.” Last but not least, scroll down and choose the amount of time you would like your most recent app to stay on display: Always, Within 1 Hour, Within 2 Minutes, or Never.

10.Erase Notifications Easily

Have you ever picked up your watch to suddenly be shown a massive list of notifications? Instead of dealing with the task of trying to clear every single individual notification, you can use this simple trick to have them be cleared out all at once whenever needed. First, begin by swiping down from the top of the watch screen to have the Notification Center appear. The next step is to force-touch the center of the display by pressing down with a bit more force than you usually would. And finally, tap the X button to clear all previous notifications with a single tap.

11. Theater Mode

There is nothing more annoying than someone’s smartphone or watch going off at the movie theater while the movie is still going on, You can simply & easily put your watch into theater mode, by silencing it and turning off the auto-wake screen when you need it. If you would like to activate this feature, simply swipe up from the bottom (which is represented by two theatrical masks). Now, your watch should only turn on its display when you click one of the side buttons. Repeat the steps shown above to reverse or disable this feature.

*Side Note: Another simplified step to prevent ongoing noisy or unwanted notifications, is to put it on DND. This can be done by turning “Do Not Disturb” on your IOS device. Which will automatically turn it on for your Apple Watch as well.

12. Hide Apps

If there might be a particular app that you wish to not see on your Apple Watch, you can hide it within the Watch app. You can have access to this feature directly from the watch app on your iPhone. Open the app on your phone and scroll down to find the app you would like to hide. Now, tap on the app, and “Show App” on the Apple Watch switch will appear. You can toggle it on or off to customize the apps on your Apple Watch displays.

13. Take A Screenshot

How to screenshot on Apple Watch:

  1. With your two fingers, press the Digital Crown and the side power button at the same time. The screen will flash to notify you when you have taken a screenshot
  2. To find the screenshot you took, go to the Photos app on your iPhone, tap the Albums tab, then tap Screenshots.