12 Apple Watch tips you need to know

While most of us may still be waiting for our Apple Watches to ship, here are 12 tips to learn now so we can get more from our wearable when it hits our wrists.


Siri is the best way to launch an app on your Apple Watch – those icons are quite small and you can easily tap the wrong one. So just say “Hey Siri” or hold down the Digital Crown and say, “Open [name of app]" and it will launch.


Glances are quick summaries of information you need. Swipe up on the watch to access them and swipe left or right to move between glances for different apps. Tap a glance to open the app for more information. You can choose which apps offer Glances using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone (My Watch>Glances), where you can create the order they appear in and enable or disable them.


Want to share your Apple Watch screen? Just press both the side button and the Digital Crown simultaneously.

Large print

OK you’ll never really get large print on the watch but you can increase Text Size in Settings>Brightness & Text Size; you can also choose a Big Text watch face.


Your Watch can also activate VoiceOver or Zoom when you triple-click the Digital Crown. Enable this on the Apple Watch app on your iPhone (My Watch>General>Accessibility>Accessibility Shortcut, and choose VoiceOver or Zoom). Siri will also turn VoiceOver on or off with a spoken command.

Force Touch

You should take time to explore Force Touch in all your Apple Watch apps as developers will frequently make additional features available within apps, for example: Force Touch the Music app while a song is playing and Shuffle, Repeat, Source and AirPlay controls appear; tap the latter to choose an AirPlay speaker output.

Also read: 11 must-have Apple Watch apps and 14 Apple Watch apps you’ll want to use.

Switching apps

Double tapping the Digital Crown is the fastest way to switch between apps. Double tapping a second time returns you to the last thing you were doing.

Left and right

iMore spotted that Maps on the Watch uses haptic feedback to help guide you. Left turn is signified by two ”tap-taps” played three times, while a right turn gives you 12 steady taps. The feature means you should be able to reach your destination without looking at the map at all -- and you’ll feel a longer vibration when you arrive.

Mute alerts

You can mute Apple Watch alerts by covering the display with your palm for three seconds, but you must set this up in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. (My Watch>Sounds & Haptics>Cover to Mute). Your watch will let you know mute is enabled with a tap.


Many apps and tasks can’t be completed on the Watch, but the mission will be handed across (Handoff) to your iPhone. Pick up your phone and you’ll see a small icon in the lower left of the display. Awipe this up to finish the task.

Power Reserve

Power Reserve is a low-power mode in which your smartwatch just tells the time. To enable it, press and hold the side button, then slide the Power Reserve slider (the middle option).


If you’ve hit a problem with your new wearable here is what to do.

More help

You can find out more about using Apple Watch here, here and inside Apple’s own Apple Watch guide which you can download right here.

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