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!
What's in the box
Your Apple Watch includes the watch case, the strap, a magnetic charger, an AC power adapter, and an introductory pamphlet.
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. You can even choose to set it up right or left handed. If you're not sure how to get started, we'll walk you through the entire process!
How to update the Watch OS software on your Apple Watch
Apple Watch software updates are similar to iPhone software updates. Because the Apple Watch is paired to the iPhone for internet access and easy device management, however, Watch OS updates aren't done directly on the Apple Watch. Instead, they're done using the Apple Watch for iPhone app. To get started, make sure you have your iPhone ready and on Wi-Fi, and your Apple Watch is charged to 50% or more and connected to its magnetic charger.
How to swap 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!
How to navigate and control your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has two hardware buttons and a capacitive screen but, just like the iPhone, there's a lot you can do with them! There;s a Digital Crown which you can press like a home button but also turn to scroll or zoom, and there's a Side button which you can use to power on or off but also access friends, Apple Pay, and more. There's even Siri, the virtual personal assistant, so you can control your Apple Watch with the sound of your voice.
- How to navigate and control your Apple Watch
- How to use Siri on Apple Watch
- How to use Force Touch for additional options on your Apple Watch
How to change and customize the watch face on your Apple Watch
With Apple Watch, you're not limited to a single watch face like you are with a traditional timepiece. Force Touch and you can change your Apple Watch from chronograph to color, modular to utility, Mickey Mouse to simple, motion to solar, astronomy to... you get the idea. Each has a different density and character, a different capacity for complication and customization. Best of all, changing your watch face is really easy to do once you know how!
- How to change the watch face on your Apple Watch
- How to add and delete clock faces to your Apple Watch
- How to re-order clock faces on your Apple Watch
- How to customize and add complications to your Apple Watch
- Read how to change the monogram on your Apple Watch — including to
- How to set the clock ahead on the Apple Watch
- How to access and add world clocks on Apple Watch
- How to create and manage alarms on Apple Watch
- How to use your Apple Watch as a stopwatch
- How to set a timer on Apple Watch
How to set up notifications on your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch shows you short and long glances — discreet and informative notifications — for messages, news alerts, and more. As long as your Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, whatever is sent to your iPhone will be relayed to your Apple Watch. That is, as long as your iPhone is locked and your Apple Watch is on and in contact with your wrist. Which notifications get relayed, however, are up to you.
- How to enable notifications on your Apple Watch
- How to enable the notification indicator on your Apple Watch
- How to increase notification privacy on your Apple Watch
- How to customize Message, Mail, Calendar, and other notifications on your Apple Watch
- How to access notification center on your Apple Watch
- How to clear — and clear all — notifications on your Apple Watch
- How to mute notifications on your Apple Watch
- How to go into Do Not Disturb mode on your Apple Watch
How to set up Friends and communicate on your Apple Watch
Friends are the people closest to you, the ones you message, the ones you call, and with Apple Watch they're only one side button press away. The Apple Watch lets you set up your most frequent and important contacts that way, as "Friends", so you can access them quickly. And that's just one of the ways you can communicate on your Apple Watch.
- How to set up Friends on your Apple Watch
- How to tell if you have unread digital touch messages
- How to send someone a sketch with Apple Watch
- How to send someone a tap with Apple Watch
- How to send someone your heart beat with Apple Watch
- How to make Apple Watch sketches that don't suck
- Should you get a stylus for your Apple Watch?
- How to make phone calls with Apple Watch
- How to answer a call with your Apple Watch
- How to listen to voicemails on Apple Watch
- How to quickly silence an incoming call on Apple Watch
- How to quickly read and respond to messages with Apple Watch
- How to create and send a new message on Apple Watch
- How to send a message with Siri on Apple Watch
- How to add custom message responses to Apple Watch
- How to send animated emojis with Apple Watch
- How to send your location with Apple Watch
- How to send audio notes with Apple Watch
- How to manage emails with Apple Watch
- How to transfer a call, message, or email from Apple Watch to iPhone
How to install and use glances and apps on your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch includes a bevy of built-in apps like Messages, Photos, Workout, and more, but you can also enable App Store extensions from your iPhone for many of your favorite third-party apps. You can manage all your apps on your Apple Watch, or use the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and manage them on the bigger screen.
- How to add glances on your Apple Watch
- How to arrange glances on your Apple Watch
- How to remove glances on your Apple Watch
- How to find and install App Store apps on your Apple Watch
- How to force quit apps on your Apple Watch
- How to delete App Store apps on your Apple Watch
- How to check the weather on Apple Watch
- How to check stocks on Apple Watch
- How to check the calendar on your Apple Watch
- How to check maps on your Apple Watch
- How to use use your Apple Watch as a remote shutter for your iPhone
- How to control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch
- How to read your mail on Apple Watch
- How to set the default weather, stock, and world clock for your Apple Watch
How to setup 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.
- How to set up and add credit and debit cards to Apple Pay on Apple Watch
- How to pick a default payment card for Apple Pay on Apple Watch
- How to make an Apple Pay purchase with Apple Watch
- How to remove credit or debit cards from Apple Pay on Apple Watch
How to set up and use Activity and Workout on your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch includes new and novel health and fitness features that can help motivate you and keep you on track. Out of the box, your Apple Watch can count your calories and steps, track your workouts, and even monitor your heart rate. Whether your goal is losing weight, gaining cardio, monitoring your health for medical reasons, or to live a better life, the Apple Watch and its built-in Activity, Workout, and Health apps can help you do just that.
- Apple Watch and activity tracking: 5 things you need to know
- How to set a calorie goal with Activity for Apple Watch
- How to view activity levels on Apple Watch
- How to add the Activity app to your Apple Watch's clock face
- How to view your step count with Apple Watch
- How to check your heart rate with Apple Watch
- How to pair an external heart rate monitor to Apple Watch
- How to track athletic progress and achievements with Apple Watch
- How to track a workout session with Apple Watch
- How to pause a workout with Apple Watch
- How to view goal metrics in Workout for Apple Watch
How to transfer music and set up a Bluetooth headset on your Apple Watch
Apple Watch and iPhone may be two devices that become even better together, but Apple's wearable is still powerful in its own right. If you leave your iPhone at home, there's still a lot you can do with your Apple Watch on its own. That includes some basic things like checking the time and looking at photos, but it also includes playing music stored locally on your Apple Watch. All you need is a playlist... and a Bluetooth headset.
- How to sync music playlists from your iPhone to your Apple Watch
- How to play local music on your Apple Watch
- How to pair your Apple Watch to a Bluetooth headset
How to set up and use Accessibility on your Apple Watch
Apple Watch includes a broad range of accessibility options. That includes VoiceOver, Zoom, Greyscale, Bold Text, Reduce Motion, Reduce Transparency, On/Off labels, Mono Audio, and more!
- How to set up and use Voice Over on Apple Watch
- How to set up and use Zoom on Apple Watch
- How to enable grayscale mode on your Apple Watch
- How to enable bold text on your Apple Watch
- How to reduce motion on your Apple Watch
- How to reduce transparency on your Apple Watch
How to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch lets you easily take a screenshot you can save with yourself or share privately or socially. Sure, taking a screenshot might be obvious to some, but it's not something Apple explains when you first get your Apple Watch. So, if you want to capture a conversation or a score, a piece of news or a bug, it's absolutely worth knowing how to do it. Best of all, it's as easy as clicking on a couple of buttons. And because your Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone, you can find and share your screenshot from either device!
How to reboot your Apple Watch
A reset, restart, or reboot — whatever you want to call it — is sometimes the best way fix a problem, even on the Apple Watch. It could be unusual battery drain, it could be erratic performance, it could just be your need for a fresh start. Whatever the reason, just like an iPhone or iPad, the Apple Watch can be easily turned off and turned back on again. Yes, that means the oldest trick in troubleshooting works even with the most modern gadget on the market, your Apple Watch