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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tips And Tricks For Apple Smart Watch Owner Should Know

Apple Smart Watch

Some people say the Apple Watch can't do enough yet. It is anything but a simple, feature-free gadget, though. There's about as much to its software, if not more, as there is to iOS.

There's oodles of potential. But it also means there are loads of little optimisations and features that you probably won't discover in your first week, or even month, of using the Apple Watch.

Here are TechRadar's top tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple Watch.

1. Alter the app screen layout to make it less fiddly

Apple Smart Watch

Make the Apple Watch more entertaining to use by customising its apps screen. This is a sort of app honeycomb and apart from the clock in the dead-centre you can switch every app's position.

You can't customise this on the watch but you can in the iPhone Watch app when you click on the top entry in the My Watch tab. Its screen looks just like the Watch apps screen, letting you drag and drop the apps however you like.

2. Customise your template messages

Apple Smart Watch

You can't type message replies on your Apple Watch and not everyone is willing to dictate to Siri what they want to say. However, you can write generic messages and send them directly from your Watch. "OMG", "LOL" and, "Sorry I'm shampoo'ing my poodle" should sort most people out.

You can define these messages in the Watch iPhone app, in the Messages section under the My Watch tab. The bit you need is called Default Replies.

3. Measure your heart rate without using an app

Apple Smart Watch

Initially it seems like you can only measure your heart rate from within the exercise app, but there is — shock horror — another way. Just swipe up from the watch face then flick right-to-left a couple of times until you see the heart rate reader screen. Tap the screen and the Watch will read your heat rate. Simple.
The Apple Watch lets you track your heart rate without an app

4. Use your Watch to find your iPhone

Apple Smart Watch

Could this be the Apple Watch's killer app? You can use it to fire off a sound from your iPhone's speaker, making it much easier to find. From the watch face, flick upwards and then press the phone icon at the bottom of the screen. It then emits a sound, but just a quick one. Not an awful, embarrassing alarm.
Lose your iPhone again? Your Apple Watch will find it!

5. Long-press the crown to wake Siri up

Apple Smart Watch

Want to talk to Siri? Just long-press the digital crown to wake her up. Things you can ask Siri include where to find the nearest restaurant, how many calories there are in a Mars bar, and when Winston Churchill was born. Useful, every-day knowledge, right?
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