iPhone Life Magazine - - How To - BY SARAH KINGS­BURY & TODD BERN­HARD

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.


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.


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.


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.

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