Phone calls and mes­sages

Com­mu­ni­cate in new ways with your Ap­ple Watch

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One thing that im­me­di­ately struck us about Ap­ple Watch is its ef­fec­tive­ness as a com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool, whether you’re mak­ing phone calls like Dick Tracy, or send­ing an­i­mated emo­jis.

51 Start a call

Set up your Friends list in the Watch’s com­pan­ion app on your iPhone, then press the Watch’s side but­ton, se­lect and tap a friend, then tap the phone icon. To an­swer a call, just press the green an­swer icon when the in­com­ing call ar­rives.

52 Re­spond with a mes­sage

If you don’t want to take a call you can re­spond with one of the stock mes­sages. When a call is in­com­ing, use the Dig­i­tal Crown to scroll down. Tap Send a Mes­sage and pick a stock an­swer to send in­stead, or dic­tate your own.

53 Switch to iPhone

If you’d rather an­swer the call on your iPhone, don’t just leave the phone ring­ing as you fum­ble around for it. In­stead ro­tate the Dig­i­tal Crown and tap An­swer on iPhone.

54 Turn up the vol­ume

Use the Dig­i­tal Crown dur­ing a phone call to ad­just the vol­ume.

55 Get your­self heard

Look on the op­po­site side of the Watch to the Dig­i­tal Crown and you’ll find two holes. The larger one at the top is the speaker, and the small pin­hole near the bot­tom is the mi­cro­phone. Don’t shout if you want to be heard more clearly: in­stead move your mouth closer to the mic.

56 Dic­tate text or send au­dio

When dic­tat­ing a mes­sage, you can choose to send the au­dio of you speak­ing or a tran­script of it. Make ei­ther a per­ma­nent de­ci­sion from your iPhone, un­der My Watch > Mes­sages > Au­dio Mes­sages.

57 An­i­mated emoji

In Mes­sages, vari­a­tions of an­i­mated emo­jis are se­lected us­ing the Dig­i­tal Crown. 58. Clever Dic­ta­tion Siri is a lot more pow­er­ful for dic­ta­tion than many peo­ple re­alise. You can say “cap” be­fore a word to cap­i­talise its first let­ter, “caps on” to use sen­tence case, or “all caps” to look like you’re shout­ing. Check out sir­iuser­­ta­tion-guide for more.

59 Change emoji colour

Per­form­ing a deep press on ei­ther the smi­ley or heart emoji changes its colour.

60 Regular emo­jis

The first three emo­jis are an­i­mated – and they re­main so when viewed on iOS 8 and OS XYosemite. If you swipe one more page to the right you’ll find regular, static ones.

61 Send your lo­ca­tion

Per­form a deep press when view­ing a con­ver­sa­tion in the Mes­sages app to re­veal a but­ton that sends your lo­ca­tion.

62 Call de­tails

Use a deep press within a Mes­sages con­ver­sa­tion and then tap De­tails to view in­for­ma­tion about the other per­son: scroll down to find ad­dress in­for­ma­tion, or tap the phone icon to quickly switch to a phone call.

63 Dig­i­tal Touch

If you know an­other per­son with an Ap­ple Watch you can use Dig­i­tal Touch to com­mu­ni­cate, if they are in your Friends list. Press the side but­ton, se­lect the per­son and a Dig­i­tal Touch icon ap­pears in the mid­dle at the bot­tom of the screen. Draw with one fin­ger on your screen and it’ll in­stantly ap­pear on their Watch.

64 Change colour

Tap the icon at the top-right of the Dig­i­tal Touch screen to re­veal a colour se­lec­tion wheel, and then tap the one you want to use.

65 Share your heart­beat

Hold two fin­gers on the Dig­i­tal Touch screen to share your heart­beat with the other per­son. They will see a pul­sat­ing heart graphic and feel a hap­tic beat in time with your heart. 66 Change the stock text replies The Mes­sages app pro­vides a list of canned replies such as “What’s up?” and “Sorry, I can’t talk right now”. You can change th­ese for up to six of your own in the Watch’s iPhone app, un­der My Watch > Mes­sages > De­fault Replies.

You get a lot of com­mu­ni­ca­tions op­tions with the Ap­ple Watch. Dig­i­tal Touch is the most in­ter­est­ing, en­abling you to tap a rhythm, draw, and share your heart­beat with an­other Watch owner. You can do more with Mes­sages and phone calls than you might re­alise, too, and it’s easy to quickly share your lo­ca­tion.

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