When Apple first came up with the Apple Watch, many people were skeptical. Did you really need an extension of your smartphone on your wrist? Well, that’s not all that an Apple Watch can do! The watch has consistently improved over time. It can now fully track your health and physical activity. And it has a range of other popular quirks as well. The sleep mode, nightstand mode, and native apps are only a few of the amazing features that this article will elaborate on.
The Apple Watch brings a lot of functionality. It is more than just an expensive accessory to wear on your wrist. There are so many good features that you might have missed a few great ones. Of course, you need an internet connection for most of these to work. You can connect wirelessly to your Spectrum cable internet network, or even connect via your phone data. When connected, here are some tips you can use to make the best out of your Apple Watch:
#1: WatchOS 7
If you haven’t updated your Apple Watch, you should do it now. The new operating software brings a ton of new settings to the Watch. It allows new and expanded Watch faces and has four new workout modes. You can do a lot more with the updated software as well. So, update now if you don’t want to miss out on the new settings. You can upgrade if you have iOS 14 on your iPhone and one of the following Watch models:
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
- Apple Watch Series 6
- Apple Watch SE
Not all of the new features are available for all models, though.
#2: Siri Language Translator
The new WatchOS 7 makes the Apple Watch multilingual. You can use Siri to translate different languages. For instance, if you want to translate something to English, activate Siri. Then say, “Hey Siri, how do you say ‘…..’ in English?”. Fill in the gap with the phrase you want to translate. Siri will announce the translation on audio, and it will also show on your Watch screen. The feature can be really convenient, especially when you are traveling to countries that have different languages
#3: Do Not Disturb Mode
Apple Watch allows notifications from your phone to your wrist. However, if there is a ping every time you get a notification, it could quickly be annoying. Don’t worry, because the Apple Watch allows you to manage your notifications by controlling their frequency and time. The Watch has had a “Do Not Disturb” mode since the last OS update that allows more control over each app’s notifications. You can choose whether an app should deliver notifications quietly, or not at all. Similarly, the notification grouping feature assembles all notifications from the same app together.
You can trigger the Do Not Disturb mode manually from the Control Center. You can choose to keep it on until you manually switch it off. But you can also choose to activate DnD for a specific time, or until you leave your current location. The last one is probably the most interesting feature. Suppose you are at the gym, and don’t want notifications till you’re done. Toggle the DND and it will hold notifications until you leave the gym.
#4: Bedside Mode
Your Apple Watch can also double-up as a bedside clock. You can change the setting from wearable to Bedside Mode. Go to Settings -> General -> Turn Bedside Mode on. When in this mode, the Apple Watch will show the date, time, and all active alarms. Ideally, you should charge your Watch while in Bedside Mode. When the time of your set alarm is close, the Watch screen will brighten up automatically.
#5: Find Your iPhone
The Find My app is probably one of the best features on any Apple device. Most people forget where they put their phones or wearables and have to search for them in a panic later on. Moreover, if your phone or device gets stolen, it can be difficult to get it back. The Apple Find My feature changes all of this. You should always keep this setting on as you never know when you may have to use it.
You can even configure this feature on your Apple Watch. Swipe up on your watch face and tap on the icon that has an iPhone with vibrating rings around it. If your phone is in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth range, it will make a pinging sound. You can then follow the sound and locate your phone easily.
#6: Health Features
The new Health tracking features also include Sleep Tracking on your Apple Watch. There is a learning curve for this setting, though. You will have to adjust your Watch charging times with your sleep schedule. You will need enough battery if you want your Watch to last through your sleep cycle. The Apple Watch will suggest how long and when it needs to charge so it can track your sleep all night. It might take a few days, but you will get the hang of it.
The Health app also has additional features like hearing health, ovarian cycle tracking, and ECG. There is a dedicated app that continuously tracks your heart rate. It can also auto-detect when you are working out and start playing saved workout tunes for you.
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