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28 Apple Watch tips and tricks you should know

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28 Apple Watch tips and tricks you should know

Just got your Apple Watch in the mail? Waiting eagerly for it to arrive? Here are 28 tips and tricks you should know as you get started with Apple's new wearable.

My Apple Watch is out for delivery! I'm pretty excited to see it finally arrive — especially because I've spent awhile learning about all the cool stuff it can do. There are a lot of really nifty things you can do with the Watch beyond checking the time or sending messages: Here are 28 of my favorite tricks and tips I've discovered while reading through Apple's Watch user guide.

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2 days ago

How to set up and start using your Apple Watch

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How to set up and start using your Apple Watch

How to set up and start using your Apple Watch

Apple Watch will help you stay informed, stay in shape, stay in touch, and more. Once you set it up.

The Apple Watch is the most personal computer the company ever made. You wear it on your wrist and it pairs with the iPhone in your pocket or bag. From there it gives you notifications and widget-like glances, tracks your activity and exercise, handles calls and messages, makes payments, and controls your music and TV, and more. You can even customize your Apple Watch by swapping bands, changing clock faces, and more.

Here's everything you need to know to get started!

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1 hour ago

Help aid Nepal with American Red Cross donations via iTunes

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Help aid Nepal with American Red Cross donations via iTunes

Apple has set up a donation page to help facilitate donations to the American Red Cross, flagged to help the victims of the recent Nepal earthquake.

The nation of Nepal has suffered a devastating earthquake that has killed thousands. Apple has set up a donation page on iTunes to help raise money for American Red Cross relief efforts in the region.

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2 hours ago

How to check your heart rate with Apple Watch

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How to check your heart rate with Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch contains sensors that let you check your current heart rate whenever you'd like.

As long as you're wearing your Apple Watch it will check and log your heart rate by itself every ten minutes. All the data Apple Watch collects about your heart rate is then transferred automatically to the Health app on your iPhone. This happens more frequently during a workout, unless you make adjustments. However, you can also check your heart rate on demand whenever you'd like. Here's how!

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4 hours ago

How to clear — and clear all — notifications on your Apple Watch

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How to clear — and clear all — notifications on your Apple Watch

Having a notification center on your wrist is fantastic, but so is the ability to dismiss individual and all alerts!

The Apple Watch can use touch, audio, and visual cues to alert you to a notification but if you miss it or just can't get to it, they're all safely stored for you in Notification Center. They can build up there, however, so you may want to clear some or all of them out, especially if you know you won't be needing them again. Luckily, it's easy to do!

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5 hours ago

How to mute the ringer and alerts on your Apple Watch

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How to mute the ringer and alerts on your Apple Watch

For when pings or rings would be inappropriate or embarrassing, the Apple Watch lets you mute your notifications and alerts.

Maybe you're going into a movie theater or about to watch a play. Maybe you're at dinner with a date or just want to take a quick nap. Whatever the reason, being about to quickly and easily mute the ringer and alerts on your Apple Watch can come in really handy. And there are several ways to do just that!

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8 hours ago

How to view activity levels on Apple Watch

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How to view activity levels on Apple Watch

The Activity app on Apple Watch monitors how much time you spending sitting, moving, and exercising.

These three types of activity are each represented by a colored ring. Inside the Activity app on your Apple Watch you can view how close you are to meeting each of these goals. In order to meet all three goals, you'll have to stand for at least one minute each hour for 12 hours, exercise for 30 minutes, and meet your calorie goal for the day. You can check your progress with the Activity app whenever you'd like. Here's how:

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9 hours ago

NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

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NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

NSFW: Imagining a new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

I'm an unabashed fan of mechanical keyboards, so you might assume that I don't like the new tech in the MacBook, but you'd be wrong.

I love it. I want to see it everywhere, especially on the desktop. I'm smitten with two parts of the new MacBook: The keyboard and the new trackpad. I'd love to see them available for desktop Macs too.

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10 hours ago

How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch

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How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch

Part of staying active with Apple Watch involves setting a personal goal for yourself.

The built-in Activity app on your Apple Watch makes this easy enough by allowing you to choose a goal of how many calories you'd like to burn each day. You'll try to complete this goal alongside with making a conscious effort to stand for at least one minute each hour and performing at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Your progress for all three is represented by three colorful rings. As you get closer to completing these goals each day, the rings will come closer to being a complete circle.

While exercise and stand goals can't be changed, you can adjust your calorie goal whenever you'd like. Here's how!

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12 hours ago

Choose any color iPhone 6 bumper case today for only $4.95!

Choose any color iPhone 6 bumper case today for only $4.95!

This iPhone 6 bumper features 4-corner protection against drops and keeps the display and back of your device safe from scratches by elevating it away from flat surfaces. It's slim, it's casual, it's simple.

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20 hours ago

How to set up and use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch

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How to set up and use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch: The ultimate guide

How to set up and use Apple Pay on your Apple Watch

With the Apple Watch and Apple Pay, paying a tab or bill is as easy as waiving your wrist.

Apple Pay currently lets you pay for things on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by tapping your phone and verifying your thumbprint via Touch ID. Apple Watch not only makes Apple Pay more convenient than ever, it also brings point of sale support for Apple Pay to older devices that don't have NFC (near-field-communication) built-in. In this case, that means iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s owners with Apple Watches can now take full advantage of Apple Pay.

As long as you're within the United States and have a credit or debit card from a supported bank, you can start using Apple Pay on your Apple Watch right now. Here's everything you need to know!

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1 day ago

How to extend Apple Watch battery life: Power saving tips!

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How to extend Apple Watch battery life: Power saving tips!

How to extend Apple Watch battery life: Power saving tips!

Apple has done everything they can to maximize battery life on the Apple Watch. Now here's what you can do!

The OLED display, the S1 computer-on-a-chip, the Watch OS software, Bluetooth Low Energy — it all works in tandem to ensure the Apple Watch is sipping power rather than sucking it. Yet battery life remains the single greatest constraint in mobile. It's the currency you use to pay for every pixel and every bit. If you're running low on power, and you have your charger close by, you can simply plug in and keep going. If you're away from your charger, however, there are still a few things you can do to eke out a little more time. They'll cost you some convenience and some fun, but they'll keep you going for as long as possible.

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1 day ago

How to set a default card for Apple Pay on Apple Watch

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How to set a default card for Apple Pay on Apple Watch

If you use a particular credit or debit card more than others, you can set it as your Apple Pay default on your Apple Watch.

Most of us end up using a specific credit or debit card for making purchases more than the others. Perhaps you get more rewards with that specific card, or something else. Regardless of the reason, you can set a default card on your Apple Watch, just like you can on your iPhone. This way, you don't have to swipe through cards each time looking for the one you want to use. Just hold up your wrist and your default card is automatically used.

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1 day ago

How to remove a card from Apple Pay on Apple Watch

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How to remove a card from Apple Pay on Apple Watch

If you get a new credit or debit card, or one of yours expires, you'll want to remove it from Apple Pay on your Apple Watch.

Just like most things, our credit and debit cards end up expiring after a few years, or we replace them with newer cards that give us better perks. While you could always leave old cards where they are without any ill effects, Passbook will start to look quite cluttered and the cards you have to swipe through in order to find the one you want can become unmanageable. Just like you can remove cards from Apple Pay on iPhone, here's how to do the same on your Apple Watch!

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1 day ago

How to make a purchase with Apple Pay and Apple Watch

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How to make a purchase with Apple Pay and Apple Watch

If you're using an Apple Watch, you're ready to make purchases with Apple Pay at thousands of merchants in the US.

Just like you can already make payments with Apple Pay at physical shopping locations with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, you can do the same with Apple Watch. Once you've added your cards, it's as simple as selecting one and flicking your wrist. Here's how!

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