Be on time with Watch

The many ways that Ap­ple’s wear­able helps you avoid late­ness

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Matt Bolton

The point of hav­ing a watch is to make sure that we do what we need to in a timely man­ner. The Ap­ple Watch is chang­ing how we do that — ex­pand­ing from “telling the time” to add things like let­ting you know when your next cal­en­dar ap­point­ment is, or buzzing you with an alarm when it’s time to do some­thing, or even let­ting you know that the traf­fic is bad so you don’t wind up late.

The au­ral and hap­tic feed­back from the Watch also makes it ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to miss an im­por­tant no­ti­fi­ca­tion or alert, so even though your iPhone can do all the things we’re talk­ing about, wear­ing the Watch re­ally is the best way to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

In this tu­to­rial, we’ll show you how to set alarms and timers right from your Watch it­self, and how its built-in map­ping tools can help avoid those afore­men­tioned travel woes.

There are even dif­fer­ent ways to get a view of what you have com­ing up de­pend­ing on which Watch face you choose, so we’ll run through that as well. Be­ing able to quickly look ahead and check what’s on your plan­ner for the day is def­i­nitely an­other bonus to hav­ing a mini-com­puter on your wrist.

One thing we don’t men­tion is no­ti­fi­ca­tions, be­cause we’ve as­sumed you use Ap­ple’s built-in apps. If you use third-party apps — a cal­en­dar app such as Fan­tas­ti­cal, for ex­am­ple, or a re­minders app such as Due — you’ll need to make sure you have no­ti­fi­ca­tions turned on for those apps on your Watch, oth­er­wise you might miss some­thing.

In the Watch app on your iPhone, you can con­trol the no­ti­fi­ca­tions for ev­ery app in­di­vid­u­ally (in the No­ti­fi­ca­tions op­tion). We’d sug­gest turn­ing on the red dot to in­di­cate un­read no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Then scroll down un­til you see the list of third-party apps. You can flick the switch on any one to make no­ti­fi­ca­tions for that app on your Watch mir­ror those on your iPhone.

The fi­nal step is to make sure that you no­tice the alerts! In the Sounds & Hap­tics menu, make sure the audio alerts are loud enough, and hap­tics are buzzy enough for you to feel them.

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