A beginner’s guide to Apple Watch

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2021-03-23 07:06:47

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch on the market right now, and its heat is showing no signs of stopping. If you are using an Apple Watch for the first time, follow the article below.

Step 1: Unbox the Apple Watch

Apple is known for its sleek product packaging, and the Apple Watch is no exception. Whether you order it online or buy it in a store, your Apple Watch comes in a minimalistic white box with the Apple Watch logo embossed on the top.

Remove the nylon and open the box to reveal a new watch. In the box should have enough:

  • Apple Watch
  • The strap you chose
  • Charging cable for Apple Watch
  • Documentation titled “Designed by Apple”

You may have noticed that there are no more power adapters in the box since the Apple Watch Series 6. You will need to use an adapter cord that was already available or purchased separately from Apple to charge your watch.

To attach the strap to your Apple Watch, slide each end of the strap into the watch slots until you feel them snap into place. Make sure that the silver connector on the strap is facing the bottom of the Apple Watch.

How to disassemble the Apple Watch strap

If you need to remove the strap, press and hold one of the strap release buttons, then slide the end of the strap out of the slot.

Step 2: Connect Apple Watch to iPhone

After attaching the strap to your Apple Watch, put it on your hand, pointing the Digital Crown towards your hand.

Now hold on button next to Digital Crown to turn on Apple Watch.

When Apple Watch boots up, place the iPhone close to the watch to begin the setup process. Usually, you need an iPhone to use an Apple Watch. But if you don’t own an iPhone, you can use the iPhone of a close friend or family member to set up your Apple Watch.

Connect Apple Watch to iPhone
Connect Apple Watch to iPhone

Follow the instructions on your iPhone to set up your Apple Watch. These steps include scanning a vortex on your watch face, generating a passcode for your device, and turning various settings on or off.

You should enable all settings on your Apple Watch when you start using it. You can always turn them off in the app Settings when you feel that the functions are not too necessary for you.

You should always download the Watch app to your iPhone (or some of these have built-in apps).

Step 3: Select the watch face

Once the setup is complete, you should see your watch face appear on your Apple Watch. The Apple Watch Series 6 has a display that stays on every time you raise your wrist to watch.

There are a ton of different watch faces available to choose from directly on the Apple Watch, from kaleidoscope models to Mickey Mouse photos. You can find and choose from a variety of watch faces for the Apple Watch.

You can also choose from a bunch of different features to show up on your Apple Watch. These are small application icons or pieces of information that appear on the watch face. You can use them to see the weather or quickly access apps like Workout.

To change the watch face, touch and hold the watch face. Next, swipe left and select Add (+) to create a new watch face. Use the Digital Crown to pull through all the different options. Once selected, touch and hold the watch face again, and select Edit.

Each watch face has different editing options. But in general you can choose the color, number type, and complications that you want to add.

Once customized, you can even share your Apple Watch watch face in watchOS 7.

Swipe left or right on the watch face to switch between different watch faces.

Step 4: Open the application

Of course, the Apple Watch is more than just a watch for normal time. The Apple Watch comes with around 20 pre-installed apps and tons of other apps from the App Store.

You can choose to install apps available on iPhone.

Click Digital Crown to view all apps on Apple Watch. Turn Digital Crown to zoom in or out and tap an app to open it.

Take a moment to open up all the apps available on the Apple Watch. This not only helps you get used to the app, but also to see if it’s working properly. Many apps don’t work at all until you open them for the first time.

Follow the instructions and thoroughly explore each application to start learning how to use it. Then press on Digital Crown to exit the app and try another app.

You can also click the side button to cycle through the apps you’ve just used.

Step 5: Download more applications

Surprisingly, some of the top features of the Apple Watch Series 6 are not enabled by default. If you want to take an electrocardiogram, measure blood oxygen, or turn on a hand wash timer, you need to turn these features on manually.

Open the app Settings on Apple Watch and select Handwashing to activate the hand washing timer.

Then open the App Store on Apple Watch to download the ECG and Blood Oxygen apps. Use Apple’s own apps, not a third-party developer.

Step 6: Open the Notification Center and Control Center

Once you’ve set up your Apple Watch, you’ll immediately start getting iPhone notifications on it. These icons appear whenever the watch vibrates or rings. In addition, you can also see all of your notifications at any time in the Notification Center.

Swipe down to access the Notification Center
Swipe down to access the Notification Center

From the watch face, swipe down from the top to see notifications on Apple Watch.

Tap each notification to see more details, or swipe left, tap X to delete.

If you see a red dot on Apple Watch, it means you are having unread notifications.

You can also quickly change various settings on your Apple Watch via the Control Center just like you would on an iPhone. Swipe up from the bottom to access the Apple Watch Control Center.

Swipe up from the bottom to access the Control Center
Swipe up from the bottom to access the Control Center

You can see a lot of icons in Control Center:

  • Icon Wifi or Mobile Data: Turn on / off Wifi or mobile data.
  • Icon Iphone: Play a sound on the connected iPhone if you want to search.
  • Icon Batery percent: Display the remaining battery percentage or activate a power saving mode.
  • Icon Bell: Activate silent mode to mute the sound.
  • Icon theater: Theater mode, reduce screen brightness and turn off notifications.
  • Icon moon: Turning on Do Not Disturb will temporarily not receive notifications.
  • Icon bed: Activate sleep mode, reduce screen brightness, and turn off notifications.
  • Icon Flashlight: Use the Apple Watch screen as a flashlight.
  • Icon planes: Turn on airplane mode to turn off Wi-Fi, mobile data, and Bluetooth.
  • Icon country: Turn on water mode to prevent accidental physical touches on the screen and protect the speaker from water damage.
  • Icon AirPlay: Open the AirPlay menu to send a sound to the connected device.
  • Icon radio: Turn on / off the Radio feature to easily communicate with fellow Apple Watch users.

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