The Apple Watch has so many features that it’s nearly impossible to remember all of them. Here are five very powerful but rather little-known features that can take your Apple Watch experience to the next level.
Apple understands that users want to do things in as few taps as possible. In fact, when Steve Jobs was presented the first prototype of iPod, he wanted it to be so adjusted that the user could get to the options screen in three taps. The Apple Watch is also based on this philosophy, thanks to Force Touch.
Force Touch is a powerful feature, somewhat like a quick menu. Press and hold your finger on the screen for a couple seconds and a variety of options will pop up. These include deleting notifications, composing texts, changing music source, and a lot more.
Using the Digital Crown, you can see what your battery life or schedule will look like later on. This is a nifty feature that allows you to view what’s on your calendar, and some users might find themselves doing this quite often. The prediction of the battery life, however, is far from being accurate.
Orientation for lefties
If you’re a southpaw, you might have felt being left out in the cold after seeing all the pictures and demos by the right handers. But that doesn’t mean Apple forgot about 10% of its users. When you set up, the watch asks on which wrist you will wear it. If you’re a leftie, you can choose “Right” under wrist menu, and that’s it. You can also change the orientation by tapping My Watch, General, Watch, and Orientation, or even from your iPhone. Sure, the experience isn’t ideal because of the slightly awkward positioning of the crown and the button, but it isn’t bad at all.
Switching between apps
Apple Watch isn’t built for multitasking, but you can switch between apps by double pressing the Digital Crown. Suppose you want to start your workout in the gym, you launch your exercise app, but then you realize you should play your favorite jams; you can go to the music app by double-clicking the crown, choose the song and then go back to the music app with another double-tap.
Screenshots on a smartwatch aren’t as handy as screenshots on your smartphone, but if you ever need to take one, Apple Watch has got you covered. Just press the crown and the button simultaneously and the screenshot will be saved in you iPhone Photos app.
Do you know a trick or tip that we haven’t talk of? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.