Apple Watch Tips

Apple Watch tips every user should know. Learn how to get the most out of your Apple Watch by reading these simples tips and tricks.

How to force-quit apps on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch with many apps on a light gray background with faint red cross

If an app on your Apple Watch unexpectedly quits, stops responding, freezes, crashes, or won’t open, there’s a solution to that. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial to learn how to force quit a misbehaving app on your Apple Watch running any recent version of watchOS, including watchOS 8.

How to control your iPhone Camera with Apple Watch

As you may have noticed, there’s no camera on your Apple Watch. After all, where would the lens go? But if you own an Apple Watch, you can use it to control the Camera on your iPhone.

With what’s called the Camera Remote app on your Watch, you can get your iPhone camera set up to snap the shot. Then use the app to capture a single photo or burst, use the timer, change between the front and rear-facing camera, and more, here’s how.

How to use visual enhancements on your Apple Watch

An Apple Watch Series 6 with the X-Large watch face shown on the display

Along with the Accessibility settings on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Apple offers these helpful features for Apple Watch. And if you or a loved one has a visual impairment, adjusting just a few settings can make the Apple Watch experience that much better.

Maybe you just got your first Apple Watch and would like to use the visual enhancements. Perhaps you bought a Watch for someone with a visual impediment. Or maybe you have an injury that limits your vision and you need to adjust your Watch for a short time.

Here, we’ll show you the Accessibility features for vision available with your Apple Watch.

How to increase the text size on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch Large Text for Apps

If you’re new to Apple Watch or just bought one as a gift for a loved one, it’s a wonderful wearable. You can check your emails, reply to text messages, keep track of your activity, and so much more. However, the small screen can take some getting used to.

You can check out various Accessibility features, make your icons bigger, and use Taptic Time if you have a hard time seeing some items on the screen. But if you simply want the text to be a bit larger, it’s a simple adjustment. Here, we’ll show you how to increase the text size on your Apple Watch.

Where is that on Apple Watch?

Question Mark on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is smart and so are you. But like any other tech gadget that you’re new to using, it takes a bit time to get used to the ins and outs along with the terminology.

If you’re going to peruse our Apple Watch how-tos or read some of Apple’s guides, you’ll want to know what things are and how to find them like the Dock and Control Center. You’ll also need to know where to find settings for stuff like, well, Settings, and even Bluetooth.

Here, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about where to find something on your Apple Watch.

How to customize the Memoji Watch face on Apple Watch

Memoji Apple Watch Face with Animoji

When Apple released watchOS 7 they included a Memoji app letting you get creative with Memojis right from Apple Watch. And with that, you can use a Memoji Watch face to show off those you create or the Animojis if you prefer.

The Memoji Watch face is a nifty new way to display something fun and unique. And keep in mind, the images aren’t static. So you’ll see the face move and make expressions. Plus if you tap it, you can have the character make a silly face. Here, we’ll show you how to set it up and customize it on your Apple Watch.

How to clear all Apple Watch notifications on watchOS 7 and later

Clear All Notifications Button on Apple Watch

When Apple released watchOS 7, it introduced some great new features. Apple Watch wearers can use Family Setup, create a Memoji, and make sure to wash their hands for 20 seconds. But with watchOS 7 came some other changes that are still head scratchers. One of these changes is how to clear your notifications.

You used to be able to clear all of your alerts at once with a handy Force Touch gesture. But if you have the latest watchOS version on your Apple Watch, you might be wondering what happened to the gesture and how to clear notifications now.

How to change your Apple Watch Activity goals on watchOS 7

Apple Watch Excercise Goal

With watchOS 7, Apple made changes to Apple Watch in regard to the Force Touch gesture. You’ll notice this in spots like accessing List view in your Calendar and clearing your notifications all at once. You no longer use Force Touch for these actions and one more for the list is adjusting your activity goals.

While you may not change your goals often, it’s still important to know how when the time comes. If you’ve recently upgraded to watchOS 7 or later or recently purchased an Apple Watch running that OS, here’s how to adjust your activity goals.

How to use Find People or Find My Friends on Apple Watch

Find People App on Apple Watch List

If you use the Find My app on iPhone, iPad, or Mac, then you have a similar tool for locating people with your Apple Watch. On watchOS 6 or later, the app is called Find People and on watchOS 5 or earlier, it’s Find My Friends. But both apps do the same thing and can help you track down your loved ones.

If you just got your first Apple Watch or simply haven’t used the app yet, here’s how to use Find People or Find My Friends on your Apple Watch.

How to use Automatic Handwashing Detection on Apple Watch

Handwashing Summary in Health on iPhone

Even before the pandemic of 2020, people knew that washing their hands was important. To reduce the risk of spreading illness, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds is the key. With this in mind, Apple introduced an Apple Watch feature to help.

With Automatic Handwashing Detection in watchOS 7, your Apple Watch can sense when you begin washing your hands. And with that, a 20-second timer begins. This lets you know when time is up and you’re good to go. There is also a setting to remind you to wash your hands when you return home.

Here, we’ll show you how to enable and use the Automatic Handwashing Detection feature as well as check how well you’re doing with your handwashing rituals.