Get deep in­side the Ap­ple Watch’s set­tings

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The Ap­ple Watch is a vastly more com­plex crea­ture than you might imag­ine, with myr­iad op­tions spread out across sev­eral ar­eas. The first thing to know is that there are two places to con­fig­ure set­tings. On the Watch’s Home screen you’ll find a Set­tings app that con­tains fun­da­men­tal set­tings. The Ap­ple Watch app on your iPhone presents many more when you tap My Watch, mak­ing it the best place to start.

11 Limit in­ter­rup­tions

Re­ceiv­ing many no­ti­fi­ca­tions on the Ap­ple Watch soon be­comes over­whelm­ing. Calm things down by tap­ping No­ti­fi­ca­tions to view the set­tings for each app. They might of­fer dif­fer­ent set­tings, but most in­clude two op­tions: Mir­ror my iPhone (the de­fault) and Cus­tom. If you se­lect the for­mer, the phone’s op­tions are sum­marised be­low; to ad­just them, go to Set­tings > No­ti­fi­ca­tions on your iPhone.

12 Cus­tomise no­ti­fi­ca­tions

Tap Cus­tom to choose an app’s no­ti­fi­ca­tion be­hav­iour on your Watch. Three op­tions are avail­able: Show Alerts de­ter­mines whether vis­ual no­ti­fi­ca­tions ap­pear on the screen, the Sound switch con­trols au­di­ble prompts, and Hap­tic de­cides whether the Watch gives you a gen­tle tap on the wrist.

Some apps have more com­plex No­ti­fi­ca­tions. For ex­am­ple, Ac­tiv­ity presents sep­a­rate con­trols for stand re­minders (so you can stop your Watch telling you to stand up and move around) as well as progress up­dates dur­ing the day, daily goal com­ple­tions, long-term achieve­ments and a weekly sum­mary.

13 Get rid of the red dot

If you miss a no­ti­fi­ca­tion a red dot ap­pears at the top of the watch face. Turn off No­ti­fi­ca­tions In­di­ca­tor if you find it an­noy­ing.

14 In­crease your pri­vacy

While the Watch’s small screen makes it fairly pri­vate, you might want to hide the con­tent of alerts. Switch on No­ti­fi­ca­tion Pri­vacy and you’ll only see the type of alert and the per­son it’s from, and you’ll only see the full de­tails if you tap the alert.

15 Check for up­dates

One im­por­tant fea­ture found in the Ap­ple Watch app that isn’t on the de­vice it­self is soft­ware up­date. Go to Gen­eral > Soft­ware Up­date and the app will check if a new ver­sion of Watch OS is avail­able and en­able you to in­stall it. Your Watch will need to be charg­ing and have at least 50% bat­tery power though.

16 Auto up­date apps

To save hav­ing to re­mem­ber to in­stall new apps, tap Gen­eral > Au­to­matic Down­loads and switch on Au­to­mat­i­cally Down­load Apps. Now when you in­stall an iPhone app with an Ap­ple Watch com­po­nent, it’ll au­to­mat­i­cally ap­pear on your Watch’s Home screen.

17 Check the us­age

Your Ap­ple Watch only sports 8GB of stor­age, which might quickly fill up be­cause only 5.9GB of it is avail­able to you. You can see what is eat­ing up space in Gen­eral > Us­age.

18 Fast- for­ward the time

If you like to set a watch slightly ahead of time, tap Set­tings on your Ap­ple Watch’s Home screen and choose Time. Tap where it says ‘+0 min’ and ro­tate the Dig­i­tal Crown to de­ter­mine how far ahead you want to set the time, then tap Set. This only af­fects the watch face; the ac­tual time is dis­played else­where.

19 The Set­tings glance

Swipe up from the bot­tom of the watch face to open Glances and then swipe right un­til you reach the left­most one: the Set­tings glance. It con­tains short­cuts that tog­gle Air­Plane Mode, Do Not Disturb, and Si­lent Mode with just a tap.

20 Find your iPhone

The large but­ton across the bot­tom of the Set­tings glance is used to tell your iPhone to emit a ping­ing noise (rem­i­nis­cent of a sub­ma­rine radar). This is ideal for lo­cat­ing your iPhone when you’ve put it down nearby yet can’t re­mem­ber ex­actly where.

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