APPLE WATCH BASICS
C ongratulations! After months of patiently waiting for your Apple Watch to arrive at your doorstep, it's finally on your wrist—but now what? Here's everything you need to know, from managing your apps to customizing your watch face.
THE PERFECT PAIR
First thing's first, you'll need to pair your new Apple Watch with your iPhone. To do this, make sure that you are running iOS 8.2 or later and that your iPhone is no older than an iPhone 5. Make sure to turn on Bluetooth on your iPhone, then launch the Apple Watch app and tap Start Pairing. A yellow box will appear on the screen; center it over an animation on your Apple Watch that embeds its own unique identifier. Once it's paired, tap Set Up as New Apple Watch.
USING THE APPLE WATCH IPHONE APP
So other than pairing your devices, what does the Apple Watch app do? Well, a lot of things, actually. The Apple Watch app lets you go in-depth with your wearable, allowing you to customize some of its most important settings, such as app layout, notifications, and glances. You can also watch how-to videos that explain its different features under Explore, and find and download compatible apps under Featured.
Notifications are a convenient way to receive messages and alerts directly to your Apple Watch—but it's up to you to decide what information gets relayed. Toggle Notifications Indicator on if you would like a red dot to appear on your watch face whenever you have unread notifications. The Notifications Privacy feature lets you block notification details from appearing on your watch face. Tap on individual apps to customize their notifications. The Activities app lets you opt to receive reminders to stand up, progress updates, and weekly summaries of your activity. All other apps will let you choose whether to mirror that app's iPhone notifications or to customize them for your watch.
APP LAYOUT AND GLANCES
You can customize the position of app icons on the watch screen in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone by tapping App Layout and holding and dragging apps into their desired position.
The Apple Watch's Glances view gives you quick access to your most important apps. But Glances become significantly less useful if you have to swipe through 20 of them to get to what you want. To add an app to your Glances, tap the green plus sign next to any app not currently included. To remove an app, tap the red minus sign next to the apps listed at the top. To reorder your app Glances or move an app in or out of the list of included apps, press the three horizontal bars to the right of the app name and drag it where you want it to appear.