Maybe you just got a brand new Apple Watch, or maybe you’ve had one for a while now, but I’m pretty sure there are a few things you probably didn’t know your Apple Watch could do.
If you’re not using these features, you’re missing out on the chance to make your Apple Watch experience a whole lot better.
With that in mind, here are 7 of the coolest things you can do with the Apple Watch. For additional tips, tricks, and how-tos, check out our complete Apple Watch tips and tricks guide.
1. Take a Screenshot With Apple Watch
If you want to take a quick screenshot to keep some information for later, save a funny joke you just scrolled by, or anything else, press the digital crown and the side button simultaneously.
Your Apple Watch’s screen will flash, and a picture of your current screen will be saved to the photo gallery.
But first, you need to enable that feature from the settings app on your watch. So, open the Settings app on your watch, tap on General > Screenshots, then enable it.
2. Cover Your Apple Watch With Your Palm to Silence It
Ensure that the “Cover to Mute” feature is activated by navigating to the Watch iPhone app. Tap on the My Watch tab, select Sounds & Haptics, then switch “Cover to Mute.”
Cover the display with your palm for about three seconds to mute incoming alerts or notifications until you feel a tap. This straightforward process allows you to easily manage and silence alerts on your device.
3. Quickly Send Your Location in iMessage
You can send your current location to someone by pressing firmly within the conversation and selecting “Send Location.”
Note that this will not send your contact your current location, just your current address. If you move elsewhere, your friends won’t be able to see your location, and you’ll have to resend it.
4. Use Your Apple Watch as a Viewfinder
Tired of trying to cramp everybody’s faces for your group selfie? Just use your Apple Watch as a viewfinder.
The process is straightforward: launch the camera on your iPhone and then open the Camera Remote app on your Apple Watch.
Within seconds, you’ll have a live view of your iPhone’s image on your watch screen. It’s a simple and effective way to enhance your photography or video recording experience.
5. Transfer a Call From Your Watch to Your Phone
First, ensure your iPhone is in Bluetooth range, both your iPhone and Apple Watch are updated to the latest operating system versions, and that Handoff is activated.
When you’re receiving a call, swipe up on the green call bar on your Apple Watch to transfer a call.
6. Find Your iPhone When You Misplace it
Are you tired of having someone else call your phone when you misplace it? You can use your Apple Watch instead.
Tap the digital crown and swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Find your iPhone in the list, and tap “Find iPhone”. Your phone will start ringing with a unique ringtone.
If you’re having issues with the ping feature, here’s how to fix it when your Apple Watch is not pinging your iPhone.
7. Unlock Your Mac With Apple Watch
First, your Mac and watch must meet the system requirements and have Auto Login activated.
To use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac, follow the steps below:
- Go to System Preferences via the Settings.
- Select Security and Privacy.
- Enable the “Use your Apple Watch to unlock apps and your Mac” option.
From there, have your Apple Watch on. On an initial launch, you will have to type in your password, but every time you wake it up after that, wearing the watch will automatically log you on.
8. Control Your Apple TV With Your Apple Watch
Misplaced your Apple TV remote? No worries, you can use your Apple Watch to control your Apple TV.
Open the Remote app, select the Apple TV button, and voila – control at your fingertips. For this to work, ensure your Apple TV is signed into your Apple account.