Are you among the lucky few to receive their new Apple Watch today? Perhaps you’ve placed an order and are expecting your Apple Watch in the next few days or weeks?
Either way, there are a lot of things you can do with this new product. In fact, there are so many apps, features, and settings included with the Apple Watch, and so many ways to customize it to your liking, that it can all be a little overwhelming. Don’t fret: we’ve compiled a list of a few tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your new Apple Watch!
You can mix and match any band with any case
Despite Apple separating the Watch cases and bands into different collections, you can purchase additional watch bands and they will fit on any of the three Watch cases (aluminum Sport, stainless steel, or gold Edition). Not every band is available to buy separately, some use metal or gold accents that may not match your watch, and some are priced pretty high, but at least you’ll have choices!
You can control Apple Watch notifications
Using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, you can decide which apps can send notifications to your Watch. By default, any notifications that come to your phone will appear on your watch, but you can turn notifications off for any app at any time. This is a great opportunity to consider which notifications really matter and whether you need to leave them all turned on. Life can be a lot less stressful when only the most important people and apps can command your attention with push notifications throughout the day.
You can set the time ahead
If you’re the type who tends to run late, Apple Watch will let you set the clock face ahead making it look later than it is and giving you a few extra minutes. Apple promises all your notifications and alerts will still come in at the correct time; this setting merely changes the time displayed on the watch face.
You can wear it on either wrist, with the crown on any side
With the Digital Crown placed on the top right side of the device, Apple Watch was clearly designed for right handed people. Fear not, fellow lefties! The Apple Watch includes a setting to choose which wrist you want to wear the device on and even which side you’d like the crown on. Hooray for choice and accessibility! Speaking of…
You can use Accessibility features
Just like the iPhone, the Apple Watch includes a number of Accessibility features. VoiceOver, Zoom, Reduce Motion, On/Off labels, and Text Size settings are all included on the Apple Watch and function just like their iPhone counterparts. You can access these settings on the Watch itself or in the Apple Watch iPhone app.
You can call Siri at any time – no buttons required!
Apple Watch includes an “always listening” mode for Siri so you can activate her without pressing any buttons. Just raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri” when the screen turns on! This setting can of course be turned off, but having it on will make Siri much quicker to use and a lot more convenient. This feels like the way Siri was meant to be used.
You can store Music on your Watch
If you like to go for a walk or jog without your phone, you can save Music on your Apple Watch and play it without your phone connected. The Apple Watch app on your iPhone lets you choose a Playlist of songs to store on your Watch. However, since the Watch doesn’t have a headphone jack you’ll need to connect Bluetooth headphones or earbuds to listen.