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How to view your step count on Apple Watch

Although the Apple Watch prefers to track calories rather than steps, you can still get your count.

If you're coming from a conventional fitness tracker, that might be confusing at first. How many calories you burned or how many minutes of brisk activity you engaged in might not correlate with the steps you've gotten used to. Luckily, Apple Watch will still tell you your steps, you've just got to know where to look. And once you do, making the transition to calories can be much easier!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to set up and add cards to Apple Pay on your Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, you have Apple Pay on your wrist. Once you set it up.

Apple Pay on your Apple Watch is a different experience than it is on your iPhone, but it's every bit as safe and secure. With it, you can tap to pay at thousands of retail locations across the U.S. Before you can start using it with your credit and debit cards, however, you need to set it up.

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How to create and send a new message on Apple Watch

Responding to a message on Apple Watch is easy, but what if you want to send a new one?

It may not be quite as obvious, but sending a new message from your Apple Watch is just as simple as replying to one. To do this you'll use the built-in Messages app with your Apple Watch. You just have to start a new thread. Here's how!

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All the Apple Watch apps to download now!

One of the first things you'll want to do with your new Apple Watch is load up all your favorite apps.

Apple Watch apps technically run from your iPhone but show up on your Apple Watch as actionable notifications, informative glances, or interactive extensions. You download them from the App Store onto your iPhone and then use then transfer them over. Once on your Apple Watch, they're conveniently available, right from your wrist.

Thousands of apps are ready and waiting, and they run the gamut from news and information to sport and leisure to education and entertainment to social networking and communication to, well, pretty much every category the App Store has to offer.

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Best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch!

One of the staple features of Apple Watch is its ability to double as an all-in-one fitness tracker.

Regardless of what kind of health and fitness data you need to track, the App Store is already overflowing with options. A lot of which have been optimized for Apple Watch. Some apps can help you log runs while others track cycling performance or monitor activity while you hit the slopes. Whether your goal is just to be more active or to track a sport or activity you already participate in regularly, these are the health and fitness apps that are already updated and ready to hit the pavement with you and you're new Apple Watch!

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How to set up the Apple Watch for left-handed use

If you're left handed, don't worry — Apple's made it easy to set up your Apple Watch for left-handed use!

During setup, the Apple Watch will ask you which wrist you intend to wear it on. Answer, an it will automatically set it up for the proper wrist. If you later change your mind, however, or lend it to someone who wants to wear it on a different wrist, it's easy to change.

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How to set up and pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone

The first thing you need to do with your new Apple Watch is set it up and pair it with your iPhone.

That's what the Apple Watch app is for. It comes pre-installed on your iPhone and lets you set up and manage almost every aspect of your Apple Watch. The Apple Watch app is what you'll use to complete the initial pairing and sync, and how you'll adjust settings and install apps going forward. If you're not sure how to get started, we'll walk you through the entire process!

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How to change the bands on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is both a gadget and a fashion accessory, and that means interchangeable bands!

No matter what version Apple Watch you purchased, you can buy additional bands that fit the many different aspects of your lifestyle. If you're heading to the gym, for example, you can switch to a sport band. If you're heading for an evening out, the Milanese or Classic Buckle might be a better option. Best of all, the process for changing bands is super simple as long as you know how!

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How to find and install apps on Apple Watch

One of the first things you'll want to do with your new Apple Watch is load it up with your favorite apps.

Apple Watch apps are really extensions that live inside the App Store apps on your iPhone and "project" interfaces and interactions onto your Apple Watch. That makes them something more like the widgets in notification center than the full-blown apps on your iPhone. It's also why you don't install them directly from an App Store on the watch, but rather from an "App Store" in the Apple Watch app for iPhone.

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How to rearrange apps on your Apple Watch

Just like on iPhone, you can customize the order your apps appear on your Apple Watch.

Even though the Home screen on your Apple Watch looks more like a carousel than a grid, you can still arrange it just the way you want it. The watch app has to stay in the center, but if there are some apps you use much more than others, you can put them wherever it's easiest for you to get to them. You can organize your apps one by one directly on your Apple Watch or, for faster results, you can use the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

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How to delete App Store apps from your Apple Watch

Just because you've installed an iPhone app's extension on your Apple Watch doesn't mean you have to leave it there.

Whether you decide you don't like or want an Apple Watch app anymore, or you just don't need it taking up space at the moment, Apple Watch apps are easy to delete... once you know how. And no need to worry, deleting them from your Apple Watch won't delete them from your iPhone!

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How to ready your iPhone for Apple Watch

If you're planning on getting an Apple Watch, you'll want to make sure your iPhone is ready to go when it arrives.

While the Apple Watch pretty much comes ready to pair and start using out of the box, it does come with a few caveats. This week I've had a few iMore readers asking what exactly the requirements of Apple Watch will be and if they need to do anything on their iPhones beforehand.

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How to reorder data in the Health app for iPhone

The Health app for iPhone lets you track steps, distance, vitals, and other data that's important to you.

The main Dashboard in the Health app lets you get a quick look at sets of data without having to dig into any menus. If there's data you don't want in the Dashboard at all, you can easily remove it. However, if you just want to reorganize the order that data shows up, you can do that too!

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