Apple Watch Glances 3

Glances on Apple Watch are quick summaries of information that can be quickly viewed at a glance—hence the name. Glances contain, or at least should contain, information that you view the most frequently.

Why did Apple include Glances in Watch OS? How many glances can you have configured at once? These questions, and others are answered in this Glances overview.

Apple Watch Glances 1

What are glances?

Apple designed glances as a quick way to access important information and functions without launching an app. Since the Apple Watch is all about quick interactions, glances fit right into Watch OS’ scheme. To view your available glances, simply swipe up from the watch face and swipe left or right to browse each enabled glance.

Things you should know about glances:

  • They can only be accessed via the watch face
  • There are 10 stock glances: Settings, Now Playing, Heartbeat, Battery, Weather, Maps, Activity, Stocks, World Clock, and Calendar
  • Third-party apps may include glances, but not all third-party apps do
  • Up to 20 glances can be enabled at any one time
  • You must have an app installed to use its glance
  • Glances for installed apps can be disabled without uninstalling the app
  • If you tap on a third-party glance it will open the associated application. This makes it glances work as quick shortcuts to your favorite apps
  • The Settings glance cannot be disabled
  • If you remove an app, its associated glance will be removed automatically

Apple Watch Glances 2

How to access glances

Step 1: Swipe up from the watch face

Step 2: Swipe left or right to navigate through all of your available glances

The page dots at the bottom of the screen will indicate your current location in the list of glances and how many glances are enabled.

How to add or remove glances

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone

Step 2: Tap the My Watch tab

Step 3: Tap Glances

Step 4: Use the drag handles or the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ signs to add or remove items from glances

Keep in mind that the order of your glances will determine their order in the glances interface. The top glance will appear in the most-left position, and the bottom glance will appear in the most-right position. It’s good to keep in mind the order of glances so that you can arrange most important items in a way that’s convenient for you.

Apple Watch Companion Glances

You can also add or remove glances directly from the an app’s individual configuration page. The Show App on Apple Watch switch must be enabled before you can configure the Show in Glances option.

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone

Step 2: Tap the My Watch tab

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the app that you wish to manage

Step 4: If the app has a glance, you will see the Show in Glances switch, toggle this switch depending on your preferences

What do you think about glances? Do you find them useful? For more tutorials on Apple Watch, be sure to have a look at our handy Apple Watch walkthrough.

  • raulortiz318

    Guessing you don’t own one or haven’t used it. Its an interesting product. I had one for a day (sold it because it wasn’t the model I wanted) and didn’t get a great feel for it, but what I could tell is that it is something you need to live with for at least a week or maybe more before you can decide how it fits into your life and if it makes it easier.

    It is by no means a “gotta have it” product for the general public, at least not right now. I’m sure with time apps will get better, the software smoother etc. For people working who get a ton of emails, messages, things like that, I can see this being really good for them.

    For $350, it does A LOT, and I think that is a reasonable price compared to other smartwatches and traditional as well. Sure it doesn’t look as nice (it looks beautiful in the stainless steel model), but packs a ton of functionality.

    The truth is the Watch actually has a lot going for it, but the main question is whether that functionality is something you need, and at that price. I’m hoping to find that out when my new model comes in, and will decide if I keep it within the 14 day return window.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      Somehow I don’t believe a word you wrote.

      • raulortiz318

        What is it you don’t believe? Look at my comment history.

      • Moltakfire

        Raul is correct. You have to use it, to understand how it can fit into your life. There’s a lot of functionality which is great for my day-to-day activities. Heck, it’s even the small things that make this watch worthwhile. Yesterday, my mum lost her iPhone at home, and it was muted. She could have gone through find my iPhone and pinged it, but she swiped into glances, and pinged her phone through the settings glance. That took 5 seconds to complete. It’s a time keeping device, which helps save you time, for more important things. I’d definitely recommend it.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        I’m not questioning the usefulness of the Apple watch. I’m questioning Raul’s story about having the watch for a day than selling it. Which I don’t find believeable.

      • Moltakfire

        Ahah then I agree with you on that. You’d fall in love with it in a day, and be hooked on it after a week. Unless he was really opposed to it (I wanted the 42mm SS Milanese Loop, but Dover Street Market only had the 38mm SS BSB, which I bought, with the intention to buy the Milanese Loop band later), I can’t see him selling it in one day.

  • M L

    Until you own one and see what a great compliment to the iphone that it is, I don’t expect anyone to understand. Being able to be at a kids sporting event, for example, and never worrying about missing an email or text from a client etc, because it will let me know via a ‘nudge’ on the wrist, is so valuable. I don’t ever keep my phone off of mute as I hate hearing other peoples phones making noises out of the blue. So for me, this watch is a great addition.
    When it comes to looks….well, like I said, until you feel and wear it, I don’t expect anyone to understand.