Emailing on Apple Watch

You can do more than just read emails on Apple Watch. You can reply to them, too!

When the Apple Watch first launched, the Mail app was painfully limited. You could read an email, but you couldn't respond to one. Now, Apple has made it possible for you to respond to emails from your wrist, which is no small feat considering there isn't a keyboard on that tiny screen.

How to create a default response to use in the Mail app on Apple Watch

One of the best additions with watchOS is the ability to send default email responses in the Mail app. You can customize what you want to say and send it with one tap when the time comes.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap Mail.
  3. Tap Default Replies.

    Opening the Watch app on iPhone

  4. Tap one of the pre-made default replies.
  5. Type in your new custom default reply.

    Customizing the default responses for emailing on Apple Watch

How to send a default response in the Mail app on Apple Watch

When you prepare your default replies ahead of time, it makes it easy to quickly respond to an email with just one tap. You can tap reply on a notification to respond immediately, or you can respond at any time using the Mail app.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on the Apple Watch to get to the Home screen.
  2. Open the Mail app.
  3. Select the email you wish to respond to.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reply (Or, press firmly on the screen until the options menu appears and tap Reply.)

    Replying to an email in the Mail app on Apple Watch

  5. Tap one of the default replies.
  6. Tap Send.

    Sending a default response in the Mail app on Apple Watch

How to send an emoji response in the Mail app on Apple Watch

Sometimes, pictures are worth a thousand words. If that's true, Emoji must be worth a thousand-and-one. Easily. You can tap reply on a notification to respond immediately, or you can respond at any time using the Mail app.

  1. Press the Digital Crown on Apple Watch to get to the Home screen.
  2. Open the Mail app.
  3. Select the email you wish to respond to.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reply. (Or, press firmly on the screen until the options menu appears and tap Reply.)

    Replying to an email in the Mail app on Apple Watch

  5. Tap the emoji icon. It looks like a smiley face.
  6. Tap an emoji.
  7. Tap Send.

    Sending an emoji in the Mail app on Apple Watch

How to send a voice dictation respond in the Mail app on Apple Watch

You don't have to settle for default replies or emojis when sending an email from your Apple Watch. Thanks to voice dictation, you can respond exactly the way you want.

  1. On Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to get to the Home screen.
  2. Open the Mail app.
  3. Select the email you wish to respond to.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap Reply. (Or, press firmly on the screen until the options menu appears and tap Reply.)

    Replying to an email in the Mail app on Apple Watch

  5. Tap the voice dictation icon. It looks like a microphone.
  6. Speak what you want the email to read. Don't forget to include punctuation, like "period" and "Comma".
  7. Tap Done when you are finished.
  8. Tap Send.

    Using Voice Dictation to respond to an email in the Mail app on Apple Watch

With the ability to respond to emails on Apple Watch, you can get to inbox zero a lot easier without having to pull your iPhone out of your pocket.

Any questions?

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