Apple Watch Orientation

Although one could argue that the Apple Watch was made for those of us who wear their watches on the left hand, it’s entirely possible to wear the Apple Watch on your right hand and change the Digital Crown orientation.

It’s possible to do one—change the Digital Crown orientation, or change wrists—or do both at the same time. In total, there are four different ways to wear your Apple Watch on your wrist. You just have to find out which way is most comfortable for you.

Thankfully, Apple makes it easy to change orientation settings via the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone. Learn how in this easy to follow Apple Watch tutorial.

During the Apple Watch pairing process, you’ll be asked how you’d like to orient your Apple Watch. If you change your mind, you can simply use the following two tutorials to help you adjust your Apple Watch orientation in a way that works for you.

How to change Apple Watch wrist side settings

Wrist orientation Apple Watch

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone

Step 2: Tap the My Watch tab

Step 3: Tap General

Step 4: Tap Watch Orientation

Step 5: Tap on the Left Wrist or Right Wrist selection under the Wear Apple Watch On heading

This setting is important, because it allows your watch to know when to wake the display. If you choose the wrong setting, the raise wrist functionality may not work as intended.

How to change Digital Crown orientation

Digital Crown Orientation

Step 1: Open the Apple Watch app on your paired iPhone

Step 2: Tap the My Watch tab

Step 3: Tap General

Step 4: Tap Watch Orientation

Step 5: Tap on the Digital Crown on Left Side or Digital Crown on Right Side selection

This setting is also important, because it flips the interface upside down so that movements of the digital crown correspond with on screen content.

The big takeaway that I got from adjusting watch orientation is that it really doesn’t matter how you wear your watch. It’s totally functional no matter how its worn as long as you adjust the orientation settings properly.

On what hand do you wear your Apple Watch, and why? Leave us a comment down below with your thoughts.

  • Sebastián Junca 

    Great!!! I`ve been wondering if this was possible! thank you Jeff!