Today an Apple Watch is the most popular watches in the world. And we decided to talk about setting up the gadget in more detail, as well as about the frequent scenarios for its use. Those who recently bought their Apple Watch and those who have long used them can gladly read a review of hidden tips that are provided by a smartwatch from a well-known manufacturer. In this article, we will help you get the most from your Apple Watch.
1. Activate and configure App Dock
Now in WatchOS 3 and later, when you clamp the button on the side, you have the opportunity to see the programs that are currently open. We recommend you set up the Dock the way you need it, add it to your favorites. The main Dock panel includes about 10 applications, as well as those programs and tracks that were recently used. To change them, open the Dock by clicking the button on the side (pressing the button again will hide the panel), then swipe to the left or right and hold down the program icon to start. If necessary, add one of the previously used programs to the panel, open the Dock, go to the “Recent” section (at the very end of the list) and after a few seconds the “Hold in Dock” option will appear, it will anchor the application to the Dock of the panel, which you chose. In order to remove the application, switch to it with a snap, and then swipe up and click “Delete”. In order to change the order of applications on the Dock, you need to go to the desired application and, without taking your finger off the screen, move its icon to the left or right.
2. Sleep tracking
Unfortunately, the integrated mode of predicting the quality of sleep in the Apple Watch is not available. In this, the gadget of the Cupertino company suffers defeat to competitors Fitbit and Garmin. Fortunately, there are a large number of apps that can guarantee the sleep forecast function in watches. I chose the best add-ons for sleep monitoring for Apple Watch, so you do not need to search for them in the App Store. One of the apps is AutoSleep. A distinctive feature of the app is that it is possible to determine the duration of sleep without even wearing a watch! Sure, the quality of sleep in this way you can not determine, but you will be able to establish a common time. Well, and if you wear Apple Watch before a sleep, AutoSleep establishes the duration and quality of a dream, watches a pulse, registers a degree of anxiety, etc. The made information is shown in the style of Actives of the regular application of the State of health. The second app that you should pay attention to is the Sleep Tracker. Before AutoSleep, it has 2 distinctive features. First, it is more economical. Well, in the second, it is much easier to understand. The application allows you to set the duration of the phases of rapid and deep sleep, calculate the time spent in falling asleep, etc. Another feature – “smart” an alarm that only works if you are in the early phase of sleep. Right now, I believe that fans of Xiaomi fitness trackers who were deprived of such a comfortable feature several years ago will be very interested.
3. Change the AirPods volume
To change the volume of the wireless headphones AirPods without taking out the iPhone, just ask for it, Siri. However, this is not always convenient. And if you have an Apple Watch, then you’re in luck! When playing music, you can see which track is currently playing on the smartwatch screen. To adjust the volume, it is enough to rotate the crown of the watch. In some situations, this is very convenient, and even more convenient than Siri.
4. Take a screenshot
Any Apple Watch can take a screenshot. To do this, you must simultaneously press the “crown” and the action button below it. After that, the picture will be saved in the gallery of your iPhone. However, this feature is not available by default. It must be activated. To do this, go to the Watch program on the iPhone, select the “My Watch” section, click on “General”, and then on “Enabling screenshots”.
In addition to predicting your activity, Apple Watch has a supplement training. It can help to monitor your progress and notices achievements. The app constantly measures the pulse and heart rate with the aid of specialized meters. But in training for specific types of sport, you need to take into account certain things. When contact sports require purchasing an apple watch screen protector, which defend the display from damage, and when running or CrossFit, you need a specific belt for this. In any case, the watch is a perfect assistant in sports.
6. Unlock the watch with iPhone
Even if during the initial setup of the smartwatch you have not configured this very convenient feature, you have the opportunity to do it at any time. The role is configured in the partner application in the iPhone. You must enable or disable the “Unlock from iPhone” feature. But it should be borne in mind that in order for the function to work, Apple Watch is required to be near the iPhone.
7. Notification of heart rate increase
Apple is increasingly focusing on monitoring life processes. One of the possibilities that the gadget provides is the notification of exceeding the average heart rate. You can activate this notification in the application, in the pulse section. When the function is activated, you will be asked to select a range from 100 to 150 beats per minute. The gadget will alert you if the threshold is exceeded. In this case, the smartwatch is able to distinguish sharp short-term heart rate jumps (for example, when watching a horror film). Accordingly, Apple Watch determines only long-term excess of the selected values, which can be a signal for the need to consult a doctor for further diagnosis.
8. Combining workouts
If you are a fan of the triathlon, then starting with watchOS 4, you have the opportunity to combine triathlon pieces of training into one. This feature will seriously save your time and eliminate the need to once again swipe with sweaty or wet fingers on a small watch screen. To change the type of training, you no longer need to stop one and start another. It is enough during an active workout, to make a swipe to the right and press “+” to add a new workout. Later, in the end, the mix will happen automatically.
9.Unlock Mac with Apple Watch
If you have a set of Apple hardware, including a Mac, then this option will be very convenient for you. You can use Apple Watch instead of the password on your Mac to access your computer. This option is provided for computers younger than 2013, on which macOS Sierra 10.12 or later is installed. Naturally, the account should be the same.
10. Use the “theater” mode
Have you ever sat in a dark cinema, made a random swing of your hand, in order to choose a position more comfortable, and then turned on the display in your Apple Watch? So, I’m glad that company Apple foresaw this. The “theater” mode just prevents unexpected activation of the display, so that nothing distracts you from watching a movie or a presentation. The mode is activated in watches, starting from watchOS 3.2. Lift your wrist or touch the screen to activate the Apple Watch, or click on the watch’s crown. Choice the Control Center by swiping your finger up the screen. Next, you need to again drag the screen upward with your finger, until you notice the icon in the variant of two theatrical masks. Then click on the icon. A function description will appear. In order to activate it, you have to press it once more.
11. Setting up Apple Pay Cash
A new feature available to the Apple Watch, starting with the version of watchOS 4.2 is the ability to make contactless payments, namely, Apple Pay Cash. In fact, this a prepaid debit card that will allow you to pay for purchases and transfer money to friends. Setting up Apple Pay Cash is easy. If you have a debit card associated with your Apple Pay account, all you need to do is go to your phone’s settings, select “Wallet and Apple Pay”, and then “Apple Pay Cash”. You just need to agree with the terms and that’s all.
Users will have to work with a new gadget for a while in order to learn all its features and use them to the maximum. We showed you a number of Apple Watch features, having familiarized with which, you will be able to work with the smartwatch at 100%.