All Articles by Allyson Kazmucha

How to create and manage alarms on Apple Watch

Alarms on your Apple Watch are separate from your iPhone alarms, but they can work together.

Just like your iPhone, your Apple Watch comes with a built-in Alarms app to keep you from missing — or sleeping through — anything important. The two can work together quite nicely, or you can choose to just use one device's Alarms app. Here's everything you need to know.

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How the Apple Watch gave developers a second chance to win me over

After just a week, over 3500 apps are already optimized and available for Apple Watch.

That's a pretty incredible number, and one that will no doubt continue growing rapidly. I've only had my Apple Watch for a week so far and I'm quickly realizing that not all Watch apps are created equal. While I expected Apple's smartwatch to change my usage habits, I didn't expect it to make me completely rethink what apps I used and depended on regularly — but here I am.

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How to add the Activity app to your Apple Watch's clock face

Having the Activity app on your Apple Watch's clock face lets you see your progress with just a wrist raise.

If you want to stay on top of how active you are throughout the day, you'll likely want to check the Activity app on your Apple Watch. But instead of swiping or tapping your way to the app itself, you can add Activity's progress rings to the clock face of your Apple Watch; it makes easy work of staying on top of your move goals. Here's how!

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How to search for Twitter usernames and hashtags with Spotlight

Searching for Twitter users or hashtags on iPhone and iPad is now as simple as launching Spotlight.

While most of us have our favorite Twitter apps, if you don't have yours handy, or you're already using Apple's Spotlight search tool, you can now bring up links to popular people and trending tweets by typing in an @username or #hashtag.

Note: Spotlight isn't searching Twitter per se. It's including Twitter in the pool of information it digs through, but it will only show Twitter results if they're especially relevant. So, Spotlight won't show every username or every hashtag, just really popular ones around the time and place you're searching.

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Five tips for better organizing your Apple Watch home screen!

The Apple Watch's limited screen real estate makes app organization more important than ever.

Fumbling around the tiny screen of an Apple Watch to hunt down a single app isn't very convenient or practical. You don't have the help of Spotlight, a keyboard, or folders to help find and organize apps like you can on iPhone and iPad. You can always use Siri, but if talking to your watch would be awkward or inappropriate, a better home screen layout can make it much easier to find apps.

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Get more out of automation and app integrations with Zapier

Having trouble getting your most used apps and services to play nice together? There's a zap for that!

Zapier is an integration and automation service that helps you tie together the services and apps that you already use. Tired of manually creating tasks from recurring emails? Zapier can do that for you. Maybe you want to automatically save email attachments to Dropbox. It can do that too.

Zapier lets you automate what can be automated so you can free up more of your most valuable resource, your time.

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How to rename your Apple Watch

By default your Apple Watch is named [Your Name's] Apple Watch. And defaults are boring.

If you want to give your Apple Watch more pizazz and personality, you can easily change its default name to something... with more pizazz and personality. Maybe you want to name it after a favorite character or setting, or according to a special system. Whatever it is, you can change your Apple Watch's name as easily as you can change your iPhones. Here's how!

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How to view your step count on Apple Watch

If you're coming from a conventional fitness tracker, you may notice that counting steps isn't the top priority of the Apple Watch. Luckily, Apple Watch will still tell you your steps, you've just got to know where to look.

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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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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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