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Apple Watch For Dummies, 3rd Edition

By: Marc Saltzman Published: 11-08-2019

The new and improved Apple Watch does it all--tells time, tracks your fitness, monitors your health, keeps you connected, and so much more! Apple Watch for Dummies covers the latest series and version of Apple Watch, giving you the lowdown on the new WatchOS. Youll learn how to use all the exciting new features, watch faces, improvements to Siri, and how to customize your Apple Watch to suit your needs! From picking the right watch model and learning the newbie basics to must-have apps, troubleshooting, and beyond, this book will help you wrap your head around the Apple Watch!

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Having Fun with Photos on Your Apple Watch

Article / Updated 01-02-2020

You can look at photos of people, pets, and places on your Apple Watch — anytime and anywhere. Apple Watch can let you access your iPhone’s camera to snap the shutter button wirelessly, which is ideal for selfies and group shots. This is available through the Camera app. How to copy photos to Apple Watch If you own an Apple Watch without cellular access, you likely know most tasks require a nearby iPhone. The two devices are wirelessly tethered via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but you can sync some files to Apple Watch just in case your iPhone isn’t nearby. I’m not exactly sure why you’d want to copy photos to your watch, unless you really think you’re going to want to see some pictures when your iPhone isn’t nearby. But those who want to take advantage of this feature must first enable it on the Apple Watch app on iPhone. To copy photos onto your Apple Watch, follow these steps: Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch in the bottom left of the screen. Swipe down until you see the Photos icon and then tap it. Some options appear, including one to mirror your iPhone (where photos are synced), or you can choose Custom to handpick what’s synced to the watch. As shown in the following figures, you’ve got some options in the Photos area of the Apple Watch app on iPhone: Synced Album: Select which iPhone-stored photos are viewable on Apple Watch, even when you don’t have your iPhone with you. By default, it’s your Favorites album, but you can also choose another one, such as Camera Roll. Or select None. Photos Limit: Select the photo storage limit on your Apple Watch. Although this limit is measured in megabytes (MB), you can raise or lower the number, but 15MB is the default number, which translates to 100 photos. Lowering it to 5MB loads only 25 photos. You can raise it to 40MB (250 photos) or a maximum of 75MB (500 photos). Be aware you can also view photos from your iCloud account on Apple Watch. Interestingly, you can also copy up to 2 gigabytes of music to Apple Watch, which translates to roughly 500 songs. Therefore, you can store up to 500 photos and up to 500 tunes. You can’t go over this maximum for photos and music. How to launch photos on Apple Watch Okay, so Apple Watch doesn’t have the biggest screen in your life, but it is always on your wrist; therefore, it’s a conveniently placed digital photo frame. One of the built-in apps is Photos, which is similar to the photo gallery app on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. To use the Photos app on your Apple Watch, follow these steps: Tap the Digital Crown button to go to the Home screen. Tap the Photos app. If you prefer, raise your wrist and say “Hey, Siri, Photos” or press the Digital Crown and say “Photos.” Either action launches the Photos app, which shows you thumbnails of photos stored on your phone (or watch). Twist the Digital Crown button to zoom in and out on individual images. Twisting the Digital Crown away from you zooms out to see more photos, which makes the thumbnails smaller, while twisting toward you zooms into a photo. Zoom in until a photo takes up the entire watch face. Now you can swipe left and right to browse through your photos one at a time. The photos are in the same order as they are on your iPhone’s Photos app, including any albums you’ve created. Why doesn’t Apple Watch allow you to pinch and zoom? Your finger and thumb would cover up your photos. The Digital Crown button works better. Twisting the Digital Crown button to zoom out to see more photos or tap the Digital Crown button to exit the Photos app and return to the Home screen. Speaking of photos, don’t forget Apple Watch can show you images that are embedded/attached to Messages and Mail (email). You should see images just below the text in a given message. Twist the Digital Crown button to see the accompanying photo(s) near the bottom of the screen. Too bad you can’t send a photo to someone from Apple Watch. For that, you need to use your iPhone. Discover the Camera App on Apple Watch Did you know you can use Apple Watch as a viewfinder for your iPhone’s iSight (rear-facing) camera? You can see a preview of your photo before you take it, set the camera timer on your watch, or just take the photo. The Camera app might be ideal for those who want to get in the picture but don’t want to press the iPhone’s shutter button (on the screen or a button along the side of the phone). It can be awkward to hold the camera and take a selfie at the same time or, worse, risk dropping your iPhone and breaking the glass. Or you can use one of those selfie sticks too. To use the Camera app on your Apple Watch, follow these steps: Tap the Digital Crown button to go to the Home screen. Tap the Camera app. Alternatively, you can lift your wrist and say “Hey, Siri, Camera.” Either action launches the Camera app. You should then see a preview of your iPhone’s iSight camera. Frame up your shot by getting your subjects huddled together or centering a landscape photo or whatever, as shown in the following figure. Consider Apple Watch your live viewfinder for the iPhone you’re holding (or one you’ve placed on a tripod). If you want to take a photo, press the white shutter button in the center of the watch — just below the preview window. This instantly snaps the picture and adds a thumbnail to the bottom left of your Apple Watch’s screen. You can tap this thumbnail if you’d like to see the photo full screen. If you want to use the timer, tap where it says 3s (3 seconds) and then tap the white shutter button. You should see a countdown on the screen before the photo is taken. Review what you took, and if you like it, press the Digital Crown button to return to your Home screen. Don’t bother pressing the white shutter button if you don’t like what you see. Frame up a different shot and then press the white button. A quick checklist of what you can do when viewing photos on the Camera app on Apple Watch: View a photo: Tap the thumbnail in the bottom left. See other photos: Swipe left or right. Zoom: Turn the Digital Crown. Pan: Drag on a zoomed photo. Fill the screen: Double-tap the screen. Show or hide the Close button and the shot count: Tap the screen. When finished, tap Close.

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How to Enable and Use the Apple Watch Walkie-Talkie Feature

Article / Updated 01-01-2020

Walkie-Talkie is a fun way to communicate between Apple Watch wearers. As you might expect, it lets you quickly chat with someone, wrist to wrist, using your voice. The Walkie-Talkie app isn’t available in all countries or regions. But no, you don’t need to be near each other like old-school walkie-talkies (like in the Stranger Things TV show)! To get going, you have to fulfill two requirements: You and your friend both need any version of Apple Watch, as long as you have the watchOS 5 operating system or later. You also both need to set up the FaceTime app on your iPhone and be able to make and receive FaceTime audio calls. How to add friends to Walkie-Talkie To do so: Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch (it’s yellow and black). Press the yellow “+” sign and choose a contact. Wait for your friend to accept the invitation. The contact card will stay gray and is labeled “invited” until your friend accepts. After he or she accepts, the contact’s card turns yellow and you and your friend can now talk instantly. To remove a friend, open the Walkie-Talkie app, swipe left on the friend, then tap the red X. Alternatively, you can open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, tap Walkie-Talkie-->Edit, tap the red - (minus), and then tap Remove to confirm. How to start a Walkie-Talkie conversation Now for the fun stuff: Open the Walkie-Talkie app on your Apple Watch. Tap a friend’s contact. Touch and hold the talk button, and then say something. You might see the word connecting on the screen as the watches are attempting to wirelessly connect. After the connection is made, your friend can hear your voice and talk with you instantly. To talk over Walkie-Talkie, touch and hold the talk button, then say something; when you’re done, let go. Your friend instantly hears what you said. To change the volume, turn the Digital Crown. Need a little peace and quiet? To turn Walkie-Talkie off, open the app and turn Available off or on.

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How to Stream Apple Music to Your Apple Watch

Article / Updated 12-31-2019

As you may or may not know, Apple Music is a monthly subscription service from Apple that lets you listen to more than 45 million songs. Unlike paying for and downloading individual songs or albums from iTunes, Apple Music is a streaming service, so all the songs are stored on Apple’s servers in the “cloud” for you to access from your device (as if they were stored locally). Neat, huh? Instead of “owning” the music, you’re essentially renting the songs, if you will, with your monthly fee. In other words, it’s not an “a la carte” model, but rather a buffet-style “all-you-can-eat” approach, giving you unlimited access to many songs, with your one monthly fee. To use this feature, you must have an Internet connection. There is an option to download some Apple Music tracks to an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC in the event you know you’ll be without the Internet for a while. Another part of Apple Music is an Apple Radio feature, which might introduce you to new songs through curated playlists you can stream on-demand. Simply open the Music app on your Apple Watch and scroll up, then tap Library. You can also use Siri to play any song in the Apple Music catalog and listen to custom stations. How to play music from your Apple Watch Not all smartwatches let you store music on your wrist, so you do need a nearby smartphone, but Apple Watch does indeed offer this feature. After all, sometimes, you might not have or want your phone with you, such as when you go out for a jog for a few minutes. If that’s the case, why shouldn’t you listen to your favorite high-energy music to keep you pumped up? This convenience comes with two limitations: Sound: As stated before, Apple Watch has no headphone jack. You need a pair of Bluetooth headphones wirelessly paired with your smartwatch if you want hear anything stored on it. Space: Although you have some storage allocated for many songs, this space is considerably smaller than what your iPhone, iPad, and computer have. Specifically, you’ve got up to 2 gigabytes of internal storage on Apple Watch dedicated to music and podcasts, which is the equivalent of about 500 songs (at roughly 4 megabytes each). If you accept these caveats, follow these steps to transfer music to your Apple Watch from an iPhone: Connect your Apple Watch to your PC or Mac via its USB charger. Use the special magnetic charger that shipped with your Apple Watch. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app. Under My Watch, scroll down and tap Music. You have to scroll down a bit after the Music screen opens because of its many settings, shown in Figure 9-8, along with apps installed on your Apple Watch. You will see Heavy Rotation already listed under the Automatically Add section. This synchronizes the playlists and albums you’re listening to with Apple Watch. To add new albums and playlists, press the orange + icon, next to the words “Add Music.” Now you can search through music on your iPhone using the search window or by browsing through sections. The section will include Artists, Albums, Genres, and Compilations. You should also see custom-made playlists you’ve already created on your iPhone or iTunes (such as “Awesome Driving Tunes,” or “Reggae Mix”). Select what you want to transfer. Based on which selection you make by tapping on what music to sync over, the relevant songs are transferred to your Apple Watch. You should see the words Sync Pending and then Synced. Keep in mind that the more songs you synchronize, the longer it takes to copy them to Apple Watch. Don’t worry about transferring too many tunes over to Apple Watch because Apple won’t let you go over your allotted storage of 2 gigabytes (or about 400 to 450 songs). Have songs stored on your Apple Watch? To listen to music on your Apple Watch rather than your iPhone, follow these steps: In the Music app, scroll up through your album art and select Library. Here you should see options on where to play your music from. Tap Device and you should see you’re able to toggle between your devices. The screen says: “Choose a music source to play from: iPhone or Apple Watch.” Select Apple Watch, as shown in the following figure. After you tap Apple Watch, the screen should say “Pair a Bluetooth headset to listen to music on your Apple Watch.” Tap Settings and then choose a paired device from the list; pick the one you’ve got with you. Now you’re ready to rock, roll, dance, swing, or relax. How to remove music from your Apple Watch If you’ve grown tired of some songs on your Apple Watch, here’s how to remove them: On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab at the bottom left of the screen. Scroll to Music and tap it, then tap Edit in the upper-right corner. You only see Edit if you have music synced to your watch. Under Playlists & Albums, tap the red minus icon next to any music that you want to remove, then tap Delete. You can also turn off any automatically added playlists that you don’t want on your watch from this screen.

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How to Use Apple Pay Cash on Apple Watch

Article / Updated 12-31-2019

Did you know you can send people money through your Apple device? Called Apple Pay Cash, this easy-to-use technology is designed for person-to-person payments. It’s essentially a version of Apple Pay that lets you send or receive money right in the Messages app, or by asking Siri. You can use the cards you already have in Wallet to send money, split a bill at a restaurant, or chip in on a gift for a coworker. The following figure shows this wonder in action. Apple Pay Cash requirements Here’s what you need to get going: United States residency. You also need to be 18 years of age. A compatible device with iOS 11.2 and later or watchOS 4.2 and later. Two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, which requires both a password and one-time code sent to your iPhone to confirm it’s really you. Connection (sign in) to iCloud with your Apple ID on any device that you want to use to send or receive money. An eligible credit or debit card in Wallet. Agreement with the Terms and Conditions, something required the first time that you try to send or receive money. Verification of your identity (you may be asked this). Now, right from your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, friends can securely send and receive money. Just be aware that Apple Cash is for personal use only and not for any business-related activities, such as paying business expenses or paying employees, per Apple. How to set up Apple Pay Cash in Wallet If you’re setting up Apple Pay Cash for the very first time, you’ll need to use any supported device that allows you to sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. To do so: Tap Settings→Wallet & Apple Pay. Tap the Apple Pay Cash card, then follow the onscreen instructions. To enable Apple Pay Cash on Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap My Watch→Wallet & Apple Pay. Now tap the Apple Pay Cash toggle so it turns green and says “Enable sending and receiving money in Message on Apple Watch.” If you turn off Apple Pay Cash for any one device, such as on an iPad, you can still use Apple Pay Cash on other devices where you’re signed in with your Apple ID, such as on an iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple confirms there is no fee to use Apple Pay Cash with a debit card. If you send money using a credit card, though, there’s a standard three percent credit card fee on the amount. If someone sends you money via Apple Cash, it’s automatically kept on your Apple Pay Cash card. You’ll see your new Apple Pay Cash card in your Wallet, and you can use the money to send to someone; to make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, within apps, and on the web; or to transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to your bank account. Use Apple Watch to send cash to friends Once you’re all set up, it’s super easy to send cash to someone through your Apple Watch! Open the Messages app. This may require you to press Digital Crown to see all your apps. Start a new conversation or tap to open an existing one. Scroll down, then tap Apple Pay. Choose an amount by turning the Digital Crown. To enter an exact amount, tap the dollar amount, tap after the decimal, then turn the Digital Crown. Tap Pay. To review the payment information or cancel, scroll down. Your money in Apple Pay Cash will be used to pay first. To send the payment, double-press the side button. To cancel a payment after sending, tap the payment to see its details, then check the Status field and tap Cancel Payment. You can use Siri to send money! Say something like, “Apple Pay 50 dollars to Steve for movie tickets” or “Send 25 dollars to Susan.”

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Apple Watch Games

Step by Step / Updated 12-31-2019

Whether Apple Watch will be a viable gaming platform is still up for debate, and developers have a few obstacles to overcome — a tiny screen, limited user interface, and questionable battery life — but where there’s a will, there’s a way — and an app for that! Gamers love to play anywhere, anytime, and on any device, so “time” will tell whether the wrist will be the new place to game. That hasn’t stopped a number of game developers from creating digital diversions on Apple Watch, many of which were announced even before the watch became available in spring 2015. The following is a look at 10 great games. Remember, to find and download these games and other apps, you can do it in two ways: open the App Store on your Apple Watch or launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and then tap the App Store tab in the lower-right corner of the screen.

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