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26 Essential Apple Watch Tips And Tricks

A guide to the smartwatch's swipes, taps, and touches.

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2. Force Touch vs. Tap

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Because the watch is pressure sensitive, it knows when you've tapped versus when you've pressed. A tap is obvious, just tap an item to select it. "Force Touch" is a long, firm press. In most apps, Force Touch unlocks hidden options. For example, Force Touch changes an emoji's color.

3. Raising your wrist to activate the watch

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This will activate the display and tell you the time. When you receive a notification, lifting your wrist will show you the notification instead of the time. If you raise your wrist and say "Hey Siri," you will activate Siri.

4. Scrolling with the digital crown to zoom and adjust

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Moving the crown allows you to navigate the homescreen and adjust certain elements, like the timer or your daily "Move" goal. You can also use the crown to zoom into maps and photos.

5. Swiping up for "Glances"

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Pretty straightforward, but swiping is how you'll get around most of the watch's apps. Swipe up from the watch face to see calendar events, weather, heart rate, location, and other bits of information (Apple calls this feature "Glances"). Tap one for more detailed info.

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24. Unlock your Apple Watch with your iPhone by going to the Apple Watch app > My Watch > Passcode > Unlock with iPhone.

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This will unlock your Apple Watch (while it's on your wrist) once you've unlocked your iPhone.

26. Press and hold the side button to enable the battery-saving "Power Reserve" feature.

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Power Reserve shuts down everything but the clock watch face. To disable Power Reserve, you'll need to shut down and restart the watch.

Disclaimer: Apple provided an Apple Watch on loan for the purposes of review.

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