14 Tips Every Apple Watch Owner Should Know
Unlike other watches, the Apple Watch is a powerful device that can do a lot more than tell time and give you Apple notifications. With just your Apple Watch, you can pay for goods and services with it; It comes with a fashionable design that looks elegant. The apple watch can also help you track down your missing iPhone and so many other handy features.
It is a versatile gadget that comes in a small package, and depending on the model and location you are in, there are many uses for this watch. The following are some of the tips and tricks that every Apple Watch owner should know.
1. Listen To Music and Podcasts
Using an Apple Watch with OS 4.1 or higher, you can listen to the radio on Apple Radio, playlists, or albums created on your phone. Podcasts on iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify are also accessible to Apple Watch users.
To access it, you connect your headphones, speaker, or earbuds through Bluetooth, then open the Apple Music app and select the music you want to hear. You can pause, resume, skip, replay and control the volume. If you were interested in music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify, you would have to download the apps on your watch through the App Store. The apps might vary, but the process is almost the same.
2. Monitor Heart Rate
The Apple Watch has an in-built Heart rate app that monitors your heart rate. To work it, open your app, and it will display your heart rate. So long as you wear the watch, and it is on display mode, your heart rate is measured periodically. To know your current, resting and average heart rate or specific rates during certain activities, click on the upper left arrow.
You can also download other third-party apps on the watch that have more specifications and modifications than the in-built app.
3. Check Your Blood Oxygen Level
If you have an Apple Watch Series 6 with 0S seven or later, you should have an in-built app with an oximeter that measures your blood oxygen level. With this app, you can tell whether your vital organs and brain are getting enough oxygen. Standard readings should range from 95 percent to 100 percent. Getting a lower percentage of oxygen in the blood might be caused by cardiac or pulmonary issues.
However, we would not recommend the watch to be your primary source of information on your blood oxygen level; see a doctor to be on the safe side.
To use the Blood Oxygen Sensor, open the Apple Watch on your iPhone and click on the Blood Oxygen setting. Ensure the Blood Oxygen Measurements are on. You can use them to control when to allow the sensor to take background reading, disabling or enabling in Theatre Mode or Sleep Mode.
When taking a reading, ensure the watch is not too low and the band fits well. Keep your hand still during the task, then tap the ‘start’ button to start scanning. A 15-second countdown should begin; if the measurement is taken successfully, your blood oxygen level percentage will be displayed.
4. Time You When Washing Hands
Washing your hands is very crucial nowadays, given the ongoing pandemic. It is essential now more than ever to ensure your hands are germ-free by washing them frequently. For Apple Watch Users, this has been made easier and efficient. With a watchOS 7, you get a handwashing tool to detect when your hands are under running water and give you a 20-second countdown. You can enable this feature by going to the settings, then handwashing timer. The next time you wash your hands, there should be a timer that begins with a chime and thumbs up after the 20 seconds run out.
5. Protect You from Loud Noises
Loud noises are unpleasant and can damage your ears and cause problems with hearing. A new feature of the WatchOS 6 Apple’s Noise app can help you out here. The watch will alert you if the noise around you above the average level. There is a certain decibel threshold which when noise is above that point, the app will send you a notification.
To set up this app, go to your settings, then the noise app. click on the Environmental Sound Measurements and allow it to measure sounds. You can also set the decibel level by going back to the previous display and selecting the noise notification option. A notification will appear to let you know when the noise is too loud.
6. Go To Your Last Used App
Flicking your wrist while wearing the Apple Watch will wake it up and show you the time. You can, however, let it go back to what it was doing before sleeping. To do this, go to settings, then general, and click on ‘wake screen.’ Scroll down to On-screen Raise Show Last. Here you have options, whether while in session, within the last 2 minutes of use, within an hour since last use, or always.
7. Mute Alerts with Your Palm
If you have enabled sound on your Apple Watch and do not want it to make notification noises when you are in class or a meeting, you can quickly tweak the settings. If you are in a place where you do not want such disturbances, when it goes off, cover the display with your palm for about three seconds to mute any notifications sounds instantly. To turn this feature on, go to iPhone, then the Apple Watch app, click on My Watch, then Sounds and haptics, then select the cover to mute.
8. Sending Your Dictated Text as Audio
When replying to a message using voice, you have two options to choose from; Your Apple Watch will either send it as a dictated text or send it as an audio clip. Some people prefer sending them as an audio clip; if you are one of those people, you can set it to do so by going to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then going to My Watch, messages, and Audio Messages.
9. Hold Your Calls Until You Find Your iPhone
Answering your phone on a watch is not always practical, and many people find it frustrating. With an Apple Watch, when you get a call on your watch and want to answer it with your phone, you can tap the ‘Answer on the iPhone’ option, where the call will be placed on hold until you find your iPhone. Meanwhile, the person calling you on the other end will hear a repeated sound until you answer.
10. Your Apple Watch as a TV Remote
We can often not find our TV Remotes; it usually disappears, and looking for it isn’t very pleasant. You opt for your phone, but if it is not near your reach, you can use your Apple Watch remotely. To do this, go-to apps and look for the remote app. Click on Apple TV, swipe and tap around TV OS, and have access to your TV easily.
11. Unlock Your Mac Book with Apple Watch
It is exhausting to type out your password all the time, especially if it is a long one; however, if you are a Mac user, you don’t have to anymore; you can unlock it with your Apple Watch. To set it up, go to settings, click on security and privacy and then click “unlock with Apple Watch.”
You will then be required to turn on the passcode for your Apple Watch if you haven’t done it. After the set-up, the next time you log into your Mac, it will recognize the Apple Watch and automatically unlock it for you.
12. Prevent Water from Getting Into the Speaker
Having an Apple Watch Series2 means you can go swimming with your watch on. You will, however, need to put the watch in water mode. To do this, swipe up to display the control center, tap the water drop icon; this will put the watch on lock mode and protect the screen. After the swim, unlock the watch by turning the digital crown and clear the water from the speaker.
13. View Photos from Your iPhone
With your Apple Watch, you can view the photos on your phone. Your watch will display pictures you have tagged as favorites by default. However, you can decide to change them, go to the Watch app on your iPhone, go to ‘My Watch.’ Click on the entry for photos and change the Synced Album to the one You want. Click on the Photos app on your Apple Watch and see thumbnails of the images you have synced. Turn the digital crown to zoom in. Browse through them by tapping right or left. To see a particular picture up-close, tap on it.
14. Track Your Sleep
Apple watches have had third-party sleep tracking apps before, but the watchOS seven came with its in-built sleep tracker. The app can determine how long you have been asleep throughout the night. It aims at helping you get better sleep. The app analyses your sleeping patterns over an extended time. You can set up Sleep Mode that automatically turns on Do Not Disturb when you are asleep.
The Apple Smart Watch is an impressive gadget with many other features besides what we mentioned above. To use it to its fullest abilities requires you to know all there is to it. We hope this article has helped you know a thing or two about the Apple Watch that you did not know about before, and we also expect the tips to help you get more out of your Apple Watch.
Written by The Original PC Doctor on 15/3/2021.