Congratulations! You just got a new Apple Watch, or you have one for quite a while now. Have you explored the different tricks to navigate your smartwatch easily? If not, here’s a list of the seven tips that you, an Apple Watch owner, should now and apply asap.
1. Get To Control Center & Notifications Quickly
Getting into your notifications or control center is as easy as a swipe down or swipe up, but it’s not quite that easy when inside of other applications. In fact, swiping up or swiping down does nothing at all.
But, if you press from the top and hold briefly and then continue the swipe-down, the notification center will appear, and the same applies to the control center swiping up from the bottom.
2. Locate Missing iPhone
Speaking of the control center, most people probably know that if you press the Find My iPhone icon, you’ll allow your iPhone to play a sound so that you can easily find it. Sometimes in a darker room, you might be able to hear your phone, but you still quite can’t see it.
However, if you long press on the Find My iPhone icon, it will actually activate your flashlight and give off this strobe effect in order to help you find your iPhone faster. This is a really handy feature indeed.
3. Use Apple Watch as a TV Remote
Losing your iPhone is pretty common, but losing your TV remote, especially that slippery little Apple TV remote, is a much more common occurrence. You could use your phone, of course, but if your phone is also MIA, or if you just don’t feel like reaching for it, you can use your Apple Watch as a remote.
Simply go into your apps and find the remote app. Select your Apple TV, and you can swipe and tap around TV OS using your watch quickly and easily.
4. Change Your App Layout
The Honeycomb app layout, while it might look visually pleasing to some, actually using this layout to find a specific application can be a nightmare you wouldn’t wish even to the best automatic watches out there.
Our suggestion is to force-touch your Apple watch when viewing your apps, and change from the ‘Grid View’ to ‘List View.’ Now, all of your apps are organized alphabetically; you can easily find what you’re looking for by rotating the digital crown or swiping through your apps.
5. Unlock Your Mac With Apple Watch
This next tip is a game-changer, especially if you use a Mac as your default PC, and you hate typing out your long password all of the time to log in. If you go into ‘Settings’ and then ‘Security & Privacy,’ you’ll see an option that says “Unlock with Apple Watch.”
You will be prompted to turn passcode on for your Apple Watch if you haven’t done so already. Once everything is set up, every time you go and log in to your Mac, it will recognize your apple watch and will automatically unlock your computer for you. It’s amazing.
6. Scribble Predictive Text
The Scribble feature in Messages of your Apple Watch can be a cool and useful feature, but sometimes typing out long words can be a bit annoying. Fortunately, there is a better way. Type out a few letters of the long word and then use your digital crown to bring up some predictive text options.
7. Turn Off Audio Controls
Finally, one of the more annoying things in the Apple Watch is the auto-launch of audio apps. Basically, whenever you have music going on, and you look at your watch, you’re going to see your music controls first, and you have to back out of that to access anything else.
If you want to turn this off, you can head to Settings > General > Wake Screen and turn off ‘Auto-Launch Audio Apps.’
The Apple Watch is indeed an impressive smartwatch worthy of praise. However, you won’t be able to maximize its full potential if you don’t know how to navigate it like a pro. With these tips, you’ll be able to control every aspect of your watch according to your preference.