How to Access Local and World Time on Apple Watch

By Marc Saltzman

It should be obvious that Apple Watch will offer you many ways to view the time, including local and world time. That’s what a watch is for, right? Just use the following tips to display time however you choose.

Accessing time on Apple Watch

If you’ve mastered how to select a watch face and customize it —and even if you still need to do those things — you might want to know how to access the clock on your Apple Watch.

It’s actually quite easy — even if you’re in another app.

By default, Apple Watch shows you the clock screen when you raise your wrist. Therefore, you need not do anything if you like this setup. The screen stays on for about four to six seconds — whether you look at it or not — and then goes back to sleep again (presumably to save on power).

If you tap the screen or press the Digital Crown button or the Side button, however, the screen stays on for about 15 to 17 seconds before fading to black.

Want to see something other than the time when you raise your wrist? No problem. Grab your iPhone, as you need it to change the default setting to one other option, and then follow these steps:

  1. From the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, choose my Watch→Settings →General.

    Near the bottom of the screen, you should see the words Activate on Wrist Raise.

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  2. If you like seeing the time when you raise your wrist, do nothing. But change it to Resume Previous Activity instead of Clock Face if you’d prefer to see the last app used when looking at your wrist.

    Resume Previous Activity is another way of seeing the last app you were in. You can also do this in the Settings app on the Apple Watch itself. Tap Activate on Wrist Raise and then change it from Clock Face to Resume Previous Activity. Perhaps Apple will give you more options in a future update, but these are your only two for now.

Not entirely sure what Last Used App means? If you were in, say, the Calendar or Messages app and you lower your wrist to get on with your day, you can choose to see that app first whenever you raise your wrist again.

You can also easily see the time whenever you’re in any app. Simply double-press the Digital Crown button and you immediately see the watch faces appear on your screen. Now double-press the Digital Crown button again and you return to the last app you were in.

You have a third way to get the time on your Apple Watch — and you don’t even need to look at your wrist at all. Can you guess what it is? Give up? You can ask Siri what time is it. Press and hold down the Digital Crown button and ask “What time is it?” or simply say “Time.” Alternatively, you can ask “What time is it in ____ (and name a city around the world)”? You can also raise your wrist and say into your wrist “Hey, Siri, what time is it?”

Accessing world time

Some people like to know what time it is in another part of the globe. You know, in case you want to Skype or Facetime with someone and you’re not sure if it’s the middle of the night where that person is.

Whether it’s for personal or professional reasons, a world clock could be a handy thing to have — and your Apple Watch can help you with that.

To use the World Clock app on your Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Digital Crown button to go to the Home screen.

    Regardless of the app you’re in, you should see the screen with all the small icons on it once you press the Digital Crown button. If you don’t see what you want at first glance, swipe your finger around to view other bubble-shaped icons.

  2. Tap the World Clock app, which is represented by an orange icon with a white globe on it.

    The app launches full screen and you should see the time in another city. If you haven’t added another city yet, Apple Watch might say “No World Clocks,” such as it does on an iPhone.

  3. If you have more than one city selected, you can swipe left or right to navigate between them.

    The top right of the screen is your local time. But then you should see the remote city highlighted by an orange dot on a map, the name of the city, the time there, the time zone, and sunrise and sunset information.

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  4. If you don’t have any locations installed or if you’d like to add more (or remove one), open the Settings tab on your iPhone’s Apple Watch app (under General). When you’ve made your selection you can just exit the app.

    Of course, you can also ask Siri for this information, such as “What time is it in Warsaw?” or “What time will the sun rise in Tokyo?”