From monitoring your heart rate to viewing your text messages, the Apple Watch Series 5 was a revolutionary smartwatch when it launched in 2019, introducing a range of cool features for the first time. It may take some time to get used to the smartwatch and explore all of its features, because even if you’re upgrading from an older Apple Watch, you’ll have to get used to a new way of navigating apps.
We’ve put together some useful tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new device and discover new things on your Apple Watch.
Disable always-on display
The Apple Watch Series 5 featured a new always-on display so you can see your watch face without having to move or interact with your wrist. However, if you’d rather have the watch turn off the screen when not in use, you can do so with a quick setting change. On your Apple Watch, first press the digital crown to bring you to the app view, then select the Settings app. Scroll down and select the Optio display and brightnessn, then press the Still active setting to change it.
Enlarge text on screen
Perhaps the only downside of the Apple Watch Series 5 is that, being a smartwatch, its screen is very small compared to the average smartphone. Fortunately, you can avoid having to squint by changing the size of the text it displays. To do this, simply go to Settings> Brightness and text size. Then configure Text size Therefore.
Find your lost iPhone
Lost your iPhone and don’t know where it is? As long as your phone is nearby, you can ping it from your Apple Watch, causing your smartphone to play a high pitched sound until you can locate it. To use the feature, slide your finger upward on the Apple Watch face to access Control Center. Next, tap on the smartphone icon to make your iPhone start pinging to get your attention.
Turn off alerts with your palm
Receiving an incoming phone call or just want your Apple Watch Series 5 screen to turn off immediately? Just touch your palm on the screen of your Apple Watch to quickly turn it off and turn off the screen.
Configure message replies
If you’ve received or sent a message from your Apple Watch, you’ve probably noticed that a list of preformed messages is available for you to touch and post quickly. What you might not know is that you can add your personalized messages to this list. To add personalized text responses to your Apple Watch, start by opening the Watch app on your iPhone. Scroll down and select the messages application option, and then select Default responses menu. From there, you can easily add personalized responses to your watch.
Unlock your Mac with Apple Watch
If you have a Mac built in mid-2013 or later and it’s running macOS High Sierra, you can have your Mac automatically unlock when it detects you’re nearby and wearing your Apple Watch. To activate the function, on your Mac, open System Preferences. Then select the Security and confidentiality option, then the General tongue. Finally, check the Allow Apple Watch to unlock your Mac checkbox to activate the function.
Customize the app dock
Click the side button on your Apple Watch Series 5 to open the app dock, and by default you’ll see a list of your most recent apps. What you might not know is that you can customize what is shown in your dock – your most recent apps or your favorite apps. To change what is displayed, open the look app on your iPhone. Then select the Dock option. Here you can choose to display or not Recent or Favorites. Yes Favorites is chosen, you can press the Edit in the upper right corner to then add or remove the apps you want to show.
Eject water after swimming
The Apple Watch Series 5 is water resistant up to 50 meters, but after a dip you’ll still want to use the watch’s eject feature to remove water from the internal speaker. Before swimming, slide your finger upward on the face of your Apple Watch to access Control Center. Then press the water eject button – its icon is a water drop. Then, once out of the water, rotate the Digital Crown as shown to drain the water – you may hear beeps during this process.
Wake up to the last used app
If you find yourself lifting your wrist and expecting to see a specific Apple Watch app on your screen, but instead being greeted by the face of the watch, you may want to adjust the amount of time the watch lasts. watch keeps the last used application on the screen. From your Apple Watch, click the digital crown to bring you to your app view, then select Settings. Then go to General option and select Wake screen. Finally, scroll down and choose the display time of your last used app: Always, In 1 hour, Within 2 minutes, or Never.
Manage watch notifications
Feeling bombarded with notifications on your Apple Watch? Not all the notifications you want to receive on your phone require a ringing sound from your wrist. To change which apps can send notifications to your Apple Watch, start by opening the Watch app on your iPhone. Then select the Notifications option. Scroll down to your list of apps and use the toggle switches to determine which notifications will go to your Apple Watch.
Clear all notifications quickly
Got your watch back only to find that a massive list of notifications has piled up? Instead of clearing each individual notification, use this process to clear them all at once. Start by sliding your finger from the top of the watch screen to open the action center. Then, press forcibly on the center of the screen, tapping with a little more force than usual. Finally, press the X button to clear all notifications with one click.
Use cinema mode
There is nothing worse than someone’s smartphone or smartwatch that goes off during a movie, and luckily the folks in Cupertino seem to understand the idea. You can easily put your watch in theater mode, turn it off, and turn off the automatic wake-up screen when you need it. To activate cinema mode, slide your finger from the bottom of the screen on the face of your watch. Next, select the theater mode button (represented by two theater masks). Now your watch will only turn on its screen when you click on one of the side buttons. Repeat the above steps to turn off the feature.
Take an ECG on the go
An EKG, or EKG, is a test that examines the timing and strength of the electrical signals that make your heart beat. Apple Watch can perform this test using the watch’s built-in app, which can determine situations such as typical sinus rhythms and atypical atypical atrial fibrillation. To learn how to perform this test and what the results mean, we recommend that you review our guide to ECG testing on Apple Watch.
Hide watch apps from view
If there is a particular app that you don’t want to see on your Apple Watch, you can easily hide it in the Watch app. You can access this feature through the Watch app on your iPhone. Open the Watch app and scroll down to find the app you want to hide. Tap the app you want to hide and a Show app on Apple Watch switch will appear. You can turn it on or off to customize which apps your Apple Watch displays.
Share your location in Messages
Say goodbye to the frustration of trying to meet a friend and not finding yourself if you have an Apple Watch Series 5. Force Touch lets you share your location in Messages. Press hard on the screen and it will present you with a submenu. To select Send locationand your location will be sent to Maps as a text message.
Take a screenshot
You can take screenshots of your Apple Watch screen after you enable the feature. To do this, open the Watch app on your iPhone and scroll down to the General option. Scroll down to enable screenshots and toggle it so it’s green. Now press the digital crown and the side button simultaneously to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch. Your screen will flash to confirm that it captured the screenshot.
Feel for the directions
Using your Apple Watch for directions is old news, but less is known about the specific vibration patterns for each command the watch uses to communicate directions silently. The vibrations are so gentle that they are easy to miss if you don’t know how to watch them. This subtlety is the reason why so many users are unaware that this feature exists.
A stable tap pattern indicates a right turn. A repeated pattern of two taps with a pause tells you it’s time to turn left. One long vibration lets you know you’ve reached your destination.