Apple Watch suggestions: 9 settings it’s best to change instantly

Apple Watch tips: 9 settings you should change right away

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After taking your shiny new Apple Watch out of the field and connecting it to your iPhone, it is easy to really feel overwhelmed. There are such a lot of choices and settings buried in each the Watch app in your cellphone and the Settings app on the watch itself. 

Whether or not you are shopping for a brand new Apple Watch Collection 7 or have already got the Apple Watch SE or Collection 3, all of them run the identical WatchOS 8 software program and have (principally) the identical options and settings. Regardless if it is your first watch or an improve, there are many settings it’s best to know. For instance, typically the digicam roll turns into overrun by errant screenshots. However it would not need to be like that. 

Additionally, do not let the variety of apps put in in your watch overwhelm you. And positively do not get annoyed that Siri retains randomly speaking to you. There are easy fixes for a few of these annoyances. 

We’ll stroll you thru altering seven settings that can make your Apple Watch expertise a easy and gratifying one. 

Modify your your entire Exercise objectives

With the discharge of final 12 months’s WatchOS 7, Apple added the choice to vary your objectives for the period of time you stand and train. Beforehand, you possibly can solely change your Transfer (or energy) objective. 

So as an alternative of utilizing the defaults — half-hour of train and a cumulative 12 standing hours a day — you possibly can change both one to suit your precise each day routine. 

This small change will make it potential so that you can hit your personal targets once you truly begin your day, not when Apple tells you to. For instance, if you happen to use sleep monitoring in a single day and must cost your watch extra usually within the morning, you will not really feel such as you’ve misplaced an hour of time to shut these rings.

Open the Exercise app in your watch then scroll to the underside and faucet Change Objectives. Make your changes for all three metrics and begin closing these rings. 


You now have full management over what it takes to shut your exercise rings. 

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So lengthy, random screenshots

Taking a screenshot on the Apple Watch is finished by urgent the Digital Crown and aspect button on the identical time. It is a easy and handy technique, until you are like me and end up continuously triggering it by chance, filling up the pictures app with random photos of your watch face. 

To show off the flexibility to take screenshots altogether, open the Settings app in your watch or use the Watch app in your cellphone and go to Basic and scroll down till you discover Screenshots. Faucet this selection and toggle off the swap subsequent to Allow Screenshots for a litter free digicam roll. 

Select the Portrait mode pictures you wish to see in your wrist

Now that Apple’s WatchOS 8 replace has arrived, you possibly can set Portrait mode pictures because the background in your watch face. However first, it’s a must to dig into the settings within the Watch app in your iPhone. To get began, launch the Watch app and navigate to the Face Gallery tab on the backside of the display screen. Then, faucet the Portraits choice underneath the New Watch Faces class. Faucet the Select Photographs choice underneath Content material to pick as much as 24 pictures that can rotate mechanically once you increase your wrist or faucet the display screen. 


Apple’s new Portrait watch face enables you to set pictures taken in Portrait Mode because the watch’s backdrop. 

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Cease each app from mechanically putting in

Each time you put in an app in your iPhone, it’s going to mechanically set up its Apple Watch counterpart if there may be one. This could litter up your watch’s app grid fairly fast, making it onerous to seek out the apps you do wish to use in your watch. 


The Apple Watch is a lot greater than a strategy to view your notifications. 

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Within the Watch app in your cellphone, go to Settings > Basic after which slide the swap subsequent to Computerized App Set up to the Off place. You may also do that on the watch by opening the Settings menu, tapping App Retailer and toggling the swap subsequent to Computerized Downloads.    

Going ahead, you possibly can set up particular person apps in your watch by opening the Watch app in your cellphone, then scrolling to the underside the place you will discover a listing of accessible apps. 

Make textual content simpler to learn by growing the font dimension

Studying notifications and information headlines could be tough on a display screen that is so small. Fortunately, you possibly can improve the font dimension on the Apple Watch to make issues a bit simpler in your eyes. To take action, launch the Settings app in your watch and scroll right down to Textual content Measurement. Rotate the digital crown, or faucet the letters that seem on both aspect of the meter, to regulate the textual content dimension in your watch. In the event you’re planning to purchase the Apple Watch Collection 7, you will have extra dimension choices for enlarging the textual content, because it has an even bigger show. 

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Stop those annoying AF reminders to Breathe

Every few hours your Apple Watch will beep and tap your wrist, reminding you to take a moment to breathe. The first time it happens it’s kind of comical; why do I need a reminder to breathe, crazy watch?! Then it happens again. And again. Every four hours, by default for a physiological act that is literally involuntary. 

The Breathe reminder is designed to help you take a few minutes to clear your mind and control your respiration, in turn lowering your heart rate and potentially helping you feel more centered and calm. But if you’re like me and never follow the prompt, take a few seconds to turn it off so you no longer have to be reminded to breathe. 

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, then scroll down and tap the Mindfulness app option. Next, select Notifications off. (Note: If your watch isn’t yet running WatchOS 8, this will appear as Breathe instead of Mindfulness.)

Make it easier to find your apps

The honeycomb app grid looks great in promotion photos and at first glance, but it can be difficult to find the app you want to launch, particularly if you have a lot of apps installed on your watch. Instead of using the grid, the watch can display all of your apps in an alphabetical list. 

Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch and tap App View > List View. Now, when you press the Digital Crown to leave your watch face, you’ll see a list of apps that you can quickly scroll through and find what you’re looking for. 


See, doesn’t the app list look better? 

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Control when you’ll see Siri

There are three different ways to activate Siri on your Apple Watch. You can raise your wrist towards your mouth and start talking, long-press the Digital Crown or use the wake phrase, “Hey, Siri.”

I’ve found that I often accidentally trigger Siri when trying to check the time or read a notification while I’m talking to someone else (but my watch thinks I’m trying to talk to Siri). It’s annoying, but thankfully it can be changed. 

Either in the Watch app on your phone or in the Settings app on the Watch, select Siri and there you’ll find three buttons to control when you’ll see Siri. Slide each button to the Off position for any of the options you don’t want to use. 

This is a hidden feature that you should memorize right now. 

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Rearrange Control Center

Just like Control Center on your iPhone, Control Center on the Apple Watch is where you go to quickly adjust settings like “do not disturb” and airplane mode, and activate the flashlight. 

You may find the default list of options in Control Center not the best fit for how you use your watch, however. For me, that means moving the Bedtime toggle from near the bottom of the list to the top. That way when I want to track my sleep over the weekend when I don’t have sleep goals set, I can swipe up and tap the icon. 

To access the Control Center on your watch, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face, or when in an app you can long-press on the bottom of the screen until you see Control Center start to slide up, after which you just need to slide your finger up to access it. The same trick works to view your notifications from anywhere. 

Change the order, or hide some buttons in the Control Center by tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the list. The icons will begin to jiggle, and show a red minus sign to hide an option. Drag and drop the icons into your preferred order, or tap the red minus button to remove the option altogether. 

When you’re done, tap Done or press the Digital Crown on the side of your watch to go back to the watch face. 

There are plenty more Apple Watch features that are worth checking out. For example, the ECG app can help identify heartbeat irregularities, there are new workout options for Pilates and Tai Chi, and you can even share your custom watch faces.

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