The wrist of the story: Some tips on wear­ables

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Hayley Tsukayama

Wear­able de­vices such as smart­watches and fit­ness track­ers were pop­u­lar gifts this hol­i­day sea­son. But, once you open up the box, it can be hard to know what to look for out­side of the ba­sic setup. That’s why we’re here to help.

For these tips, we’re fo­cus­ing on in­struc­tions for the Ap­ple Watch and for Fitbit de­vices — the two most pop­u­lar wear­ables mak­ers in the United States — al­though the sug­ges­tions fit most types of wear­ables. Here are three things to think about as you set up your shiny new wear­able de­vice.

Pick a side. I re­al­ize this sounds pretty ba­sic, but choos­ing a wrist can be im­por­tant for fit­ness track­ers such as Fitbit be­cause your dom­i­nant hand tends to move a lot more through­out the day than your non-dom­i­nant hand. That, in turn, can af­fect the way track­ers ac­tu­ally log your move­ment. On Fitbit, for ex­am­ple, you can tell it if you’re wear­ing the de­vice on your more ac­tive hand or not in the app that links with your new tracker.

On the Ap­ple Watch, dur­ing setup you can tell it which wrist you want to wear it on (right or left) and which side you want the dig­i­tal crown — Ap­ple’s lit­tle con­troller wheel — to face. That should take care of every­one’s pref­er­ences for watch ori­en­ta­tion. If you want to change this for any rea­son, you can do so through the Watch app on your phone — just hit “My Watch” and then go to “Gen­eral” set­tings. “Watch Ori­en­ta­tion” should be an op­tion for you. To share or not to share? Many of the fea­tures in smart­watches and other wear­ables have a lot of shar­ing func­tions — so you can share your fit­ness progress through­out the day, or com­pete with friends. For some peo­ple, this is part of the point of get­ting a wear­able. But, for oth­ers, it may be a track­ing step too far.

Get fa­mil­iar with your pri­vacy set­tings. For Fitbit users, you can find your pri­vacy set­tings by head­ing to your web-based dash­board, and div­ing into the set­tings menu. From there, you can con­trol who can see your daily step counts, pho­tos, lo­ca­tion and other things that Fitbit tracks. By de­fault, some things — sleep pat­terns, your age, your weight, pho­tos — can only be viewed by you, but some things are also view­able by every­one, such as your av­er­age daily step count. Ad­just as you see fit.

On the Ap­ple Watch, you can also share your ac­tiv­ity for the day, but that is not set up by de­fault. Where pri­vacy can get tricky with the Ap­ple Watch is in dis­play­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions on your wrist. If you don’t want any­one who glances at your wrist to be able to read the start of your text mes­sages, there is a set­ting that will let you limit what is shown on the watch face. Head to the Watch app

on your phone and hit the “No­ti­fi­ca­tions” menu. If you switch on “No­ti­fi­ca­tions Pri­vacy,” you’ll have to tap to see mes­sages and other no­ti­fi­ca­tion de­tails. It can be a lit­tle less con­ve­nient, but it could also save you some em­bar­rass­ment in a meet­ing. Mind your no­ti­fi­ca­tions. One thing that can quickly kill the joy of a wear­able de­vice is get­ting too many no­ti­fi­ca­tions. It’s great to see who’s call­ing or tex­ting, but it can be pretty an­noy­ing to be ex­pect­ing a mes­sage and then get a tap on the wrist to let you know that an ar­ti­cle about a celebrity you don’t rec­og­nize is trending on Twit­ter. For the Ap­ple Watch, you can set the watch to mir­ror all your phone’s no­ti­fi­ca­tions, but that can be­come over­whelm­ing quickly. A bet­ter ap­proach is to head into the Watch app and find your “No­ti­fi­ca­tions” sec­tion. Scroll down through all the apps to choose what you want to see on your wrist and what you don’t. Keep in mind that you may have to head back here as you in­stall new apps, to set those no­ti­fi­ca­tions as you like them as well.

On Fitbit de­vices, no­ti­fi­ca­tions vary by the type of de­vice you own, but can be con­trolled through the Fitbit app by head­ing to the “Ac­count” sec­tion and then tap­ping on “No­ti­fi­ca­tions.” On most mod­els, you can choose whether you want to be no­ti­fied about calls, texts and cal­en­dar events. On the Blaze, one of Fitbit’s more ad­vanced mod­els, you can also link your e-mail ac­count, as well as some mes­sag­ing pro­grams such as What­sApp.

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Wear­able de­vices were pop­u­lar gifts this hol­i­day sea­son. Koji Sasa­hara,

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