Apple Watch Tips

 

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A quick look at Apple Watch

Front of Apple Watch with a callout to the Digital Crown/Home Button: Press to see watch face or Home screen. Double-click to return to last app. Press and hold for Siri. Turn to zoom, scroll, or adjust. Second callout is to the side button: Press to show or hide Friends. Double-click for Apple Pay. Press and hold to turn off or on. Third callout points to the display: Press to change watch face. In an app, press to see options.
Back side of Apple Watch with these callouts to the side opposite the Digital Crown: Speaker, Microphone. Callout to buttons on top and bottom of the back side: Band release buttons: Press to slide out the band. Callout to disc-shaped raised area on center back: Heart rate sensor and charging pad.

Here are the gestures you need to use Apple Watch and its apps. The Apple Watch display not only responds to touch-based gestures like tapping and swiping, it also uses Force Touch technology to respond to the pressure of your finger.

Four hand gestures are illustrated. The first in the top-left is a finger moving up, down, and sideways with callout: Swipe up, down, left, or right. The second in the top-right shows a finger held down moving in all directions with the callout Drag. The lower-left illustration shows a finger touch with the callout Tap. The lower-right illustration shows an amplified touch with the caption Firmly press the display—don't just tap.

Wearing Apple Watch

You’ll want to wear Apple Watch throughout your day. To make sure you have the best experience, here is some information about potential skin sensitivities, getting a good fit, and proper care and cleaning.

For people who are sensitive to certain materials.

A great deal of care and research go into choosing materials for all our devices. In addition to ensuring that all materials adhere to existing regulations, we developed our own specification for Apple Watch that goes beyond those requirements.1 In fact, every material that touches your skin has gone through extensive evaluation in accordance with our specification. This includes:

  • Thousands of material composition tests
  • More than a thousand prototypes worn for trial studies
  • Hundreds of toxicological assessments
  • Consultations with board-certified dermatologists

A small number of people will experience reactions to certain materials. This can be due to allergies, environmental factors, extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat, and other causes. If you know you have allergies or other sensitivities, be aware that Apple Watch and some of its bands contain the following materials:

  •  Nickel. Apple Watch, the space gray Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands, and the magnets in the watch and bands contain some nickel. However, they all fall below the strict nickel restrictions set by European REACh regulation. Therefore, while nickel exposure is unlikely to be a problem, you should be aware of the possibility in case you’re susceptible to nickel-related reactions.

  •  Methacrylates.
     The Apple Watch case, the Milanese Loop, the Modern Buckle, and the Leather Loop contain trace amounts of methacrylates from adhesives. Methacrylates are found in many consumer products that come in contact with the skin, such as adhesive bandages. Some people may be sensitive to them, or may develop sensitivities over time.

Apple Watch and its bands are designed so that parts containing methacrylates are not in direct contact with your skin.Another potential cause of discomfort is wearing your Apple Watch too tightly or loosely. An overly tight band can cause skin irritation. A band that’s too loose can cause rubbing. If you experience redness, swelling, itchiness, or any other irritation, you may want to consult your physician before you put Apple Watch back on.

A better fit means better readings.

For best results, the back of Apple Watch needs skin contact for features like Wrist Detect, the Taptic Engine, and the heart rate sensor. Wearing your Apple Watch with the right fit — not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe — will keep you comfortable and let the sensors do their jobs. You may want to tighten your Apple Watch band for workouts, then loosen it when you’re done. In addition, the sensors will work only if you wear Apple Watch on the top of your wrist.

Too loose.

If your Apple Watch doesn’t stay in place, or the sensors aren’t reading your heart rate, tighten the band a bit.

Just right.

Your Apple Watch should be snug but comfortable.

Care and cleaning.

Keeping your Apple Watch and bands — as well as your skin — clean and dry will maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to the watch. This is especially important after workouts or exposure to liquids such as sweat, soap, sunscreen, and lotions that can cause skin irritations.2

Clean your Apple Watch with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Because Apple Watch is water resistant, you can dampen the cloth with clean water.

Set up your Apple Watch

To get started with your Apple Watch, pair and sync it with your iPhone.

Set up and pair your Apple Watch

Before you begin

  • To use your Apple Watch, you’ll need to pair it with an iPhone 5 or later running iOS 8.2 or later. You can pair one Apple Watch to your iPhone at a time.
  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is on.
  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network.
  • Turn on your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button next to the Digital Crown until you see the Apple logo.
  • Make sure both devices are charged, and keep them close together as you pair and sync them.

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Then tap a language on your Apple Watch. You can scroll through the list by rotating the Digital Crown or swiping the screen.

Pair your devices.

Tap Start Pairing on your Apple Watch and again on your iPhone. A pairing animation should appear on your Apple Watch.

Hold your iPhone over the pairing animation on your Apple Watch.

Center the watch face in the onscreen viewfinder on your iPhone until a message says Your Apple Watch is Paired.

If you don’t see the pairing animation or if your iPhone doesn’t read it, you can follow steps to pair your devices manually.

Line up Apple Watch in iPhone viewfinder during set up

Set up and pick a wrist.

On your iPhone, tap Set Up as New. If you’ve set up once before, you can tap Restore from Backup on your iPhone and follow onscreen steps to get to the Wrist Preference screen. Pick a wrist by tapping Left or Right on your iPhone. Then read terms and conditions and tap Agree to continue.

Enter your Apple ID password.

You’ll need to sign in with your Apple ID password to enjoy features like Digital Touch, Apple Pay and Handoff.

Review your settings.

Your iPhone settings for Usage and Diagnostics, Location Services, and Siri will transfer to your Apple Watch, and the other way around. So if you change the settings of these services, those changes will apply to both of your devices.

Make a Passcode.

On your iPhone, choose whether to make a passcode for your Apple Watch. You’ll need a Passcode for features like Apple Pay.

If you tap Create a Passcode or Add a Long Passcode on your iPhone, you’ll be asked to make a personal code using your Apple Watch. Then decide whether your Apple Watch will unlock with your iPhone.

Make a passcode for Apple Watch during set up

Sync your apps.

Tap Install All to sync iPhone apps that work with Apple Watch. Only apps that are compatible with Apple Watch will sync. Tap Choose Later to sync only basic information like Mail, Contacts, and Messages.

Your iPhone and Apple Watch will begin to sync. The length of this process varies depending on the amount of data you’re syncing. Keep your devices close together until you hear a chime and feel a gentle tapping sensation from your Apple Watch.

Install All iPhone apps to your Apple Watch or Choose Later to install manually

If you need to pair your devices manually

After you’ve put on Apple Watch, chosen a language, and tapped Start Pairing on both devices, follow these steps:

  1. Tap Pair Apple Watch Manually on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the Info button on your Apple Watch. Your device’s name should show up on the watch face.
  3. On your iPhone, tap the device name that matches the one you see on your Apple Watch display.
  4. A six-digit code will appear on your Apple Watch. Enter that code on your iPhone to pair the two devices. Then follow steps to Set Up.

Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

In some cases, you might need to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone.

Use these steps to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone:

  1. Keep your Apple Watch and iPhone close together as you unpair them.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap My Watch > Apple Watch, then tap Unpair Apple Watch.
    Unpair Apple Watch setting
  4. Tap again to confirm. Your iPhone will create a new backup of your Apple Watch before erasing all content and settings on your Apple Watch. You can use the backup to restore a new Apple Watch. After your Apple Watch unpairs, you’ll see the Start Pairing message.
  5. Use these steps to set up and pair your Apple Watch again.

If you don’t have your iPhone, you can still erase all content and settings on your Apple Watch. On your Apple Watch, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings. This will reset your Apple Watch to the factory settings.

Try these steps if you forgot your passcode.

Adjust the intensity of haptic alerts on your Apple Watch

Apple Watch taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification. Follow these steps to adjust the intensity of haptic alerts.

Increase or decrease the intensity of taps:

  1. Put on your Apple Watch and unlock it. For the best haptic results, the back of your Apple Watch needs skin contact. Use a snug but comfortable fit.
  2. From the Home screen on your Apple Watch, tap Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics.
  4. Under Ringer and Alert Haptics, tap   to increase haptic intensity, or   to decrease it.

You can also adjust haptic alerts using your paired iPhone. Open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > Sounds & Haptics. Under Haptic Strength, drag the slider to adjust the intensity of haptic notifications.

If you’re wearing your Apple Watch and you don’t feel a tap as you adjust the slider, contact Apple Support.

Learn more

To add extra emphasis to your haptic alerts, you can turn on the Prominent Haptic feature. This feature sends you an additional haptic tap that pre-announces your other haptic alerts.

You can turn on Promintent Haptic from your iPhone or your Apple Watch:

  • From your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > Sounds & Haptics. Then turn on Prominent Haptic.
  • From your Apple Watch, go to the Home screen and tap Settings > Sounds & Haptics. Then turn on Prominent Haptic.

Adjust brightness, text size, sounds, and haptics

  • Adjust brightness. Open the Settings app settings icon, then scroll down and tap Brightness & Text Size. Tap a Brightness symbol, then turn the Digital Crown or tap the brightness symbols to adjust. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Brightness & Text Size, then drag the Brightness slider.

Brightness settings screen on Apple Watch with callout to brightness symbols at either end of slider: Tap the brightness symbols; callout to Text Size: Adjust text size; Callout to Bold Text: Make text bold.
  • Make the text larger. Open Settings settings icon, then scroll down and tap Brightness & Text Size. Tap Text Size, then tap the letters or scroll the Digital Crown to increase or decrease the text size. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Brightness & Text Size, and drag the Text Size slider.

  • Make the text bold. Open Settings settings icon, then scroll down and tap Brightness & Text Size. Turn on Bold Text. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Brightness & Text Size, then turn on Bold Text.

    When you turn on bold text from either Apple Watch or your paired iPhone, Apple Watch must reset to apply the change. Tap Continue.

  • Adjust sound. Open Settings settings icon, then scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics. Tap the volume buttons under Ringer and Alert Sounds or tap the slider once to select it, then turn the Digital Crown to adjust the volume. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then drag the Ringer and Alert Sounds slider.

Sounds & Haptics settings screen on Apple Watch. Turn the Digital Crown or tap the volume symbols to increase or decrease the volume of ringers and alerts. Tap Mute to mute Apple Watch.
  • Mute Apple Watch. Open Settings Settings icon, scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics, then turn on Mute. Or swipe up on the watch face, swipe to the Settings glance, then tap the Mute button. You can also open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then turn on Mute.

    The Settings glance where you can see the connection status of your watch and iPhone and set Airplane mode, Do Not Disturb, and Mute. You can also ping your iPhone. Mute is selected.

    You can also quickly mute new alert and notification sounds by resting the palm of your hand on the watch display and holding it there for at least three seconds. You’ll feel a tap to confirm that mute is on. You must first turn on the option in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. Tap My Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then turn on Cover to Mute.

  • Adjust haptic intensity. Apple Watch taps your wrist for certain notifications and alerts, and you can adjust the intensity of these haptics. Open Settings settings icon, then scroll down and tap Sounds & Haptics. Tap the haptic buttons under Ringer and Alert Haptics or tap the slider once to select it, then turn the Digital Crown to adjust the haptic intensity. Or open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Sounds & Haptics, then drag the Ringer and Alert Haptics slider.

Sounds & Haptics settings screen where you can scroll down to Ringer and Alert Haptics, then tap the haptic symbols to increase or decrease the intensity of taps.

Change language and orientation

  • Change language or region format. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then go to General > Language & Region.

Set the system language in the Apple Watch app: Go to My Watch, then General, then Language & Region. Tap System Language to change it.
  • Switch wrists or change the Digital Crown orientation. If you want to switch wrists or prefer to orient the Digital Crown differently, adjust your orientation settings so that raising your wrist wakes Apple Watch, and turning the Digital Crown moves things in the direction you expect. Open the Settings app the Settings icon, then go to General > Orientation. To change the settings in the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, then go to General > Watch Orientation.

Side by side screens showing the Orientation settings on Apple Watch and the same settings in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. You can set your wrist and digital crown preference.

Use accessibility features on your Apple Watch

Learn about VoiceOver, Zoom, Font Adjustments, Mono Audio, and other accessibility features.

Apple Watch has a range of built-in accessibility features to help you get the most from your device.

  • On your Apple Watch, open Settings, then tap General > Accessibility.
  • On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, then tap My Watch > General > Accessibility.

Vision

Learn more about VoiceOver, Zoom, Extra Large watch face, Font Adjustments, Grayscale, Reduce Motion, Reduce Transparency, and On/Off Labels below.

Access VoiceOver or Zoom during setup

From the moment you take Apple Watch out of the box, you can immediately use VoiceOver or Zoom.

  • VoiceOver: After turning on Apple Watch, triple-click the Digital Crown.
  • Zoom: Double-tap with two fingers to enable Zoom.

VoiceOver

VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader that lets you know what’s happening on your Apple Watch — and helps you navigate it — even if you can’t see it. VoiceOver uses simple gestures much like those found in iOS. All native apps are built to be VoiceOver compatible, including Mail, Calendar, Phone, Maps, and Messages. VoiceOver is available in all 14 supported languages including English (U.S.), English (UK), English (Australia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), French (France), French (Canada), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong).

Zoom

Zoom is a built-in magnifier that works wherever you are in Apple Watch. You can use the Digital Crown to move across the screen by rows or use two fingers to move around the screen. With magnification adjustable up to 15 times the native size, Zoom provides solutions for a range of vision challenges.

Extra Large watch face

Apple Watch comes with an option for an Extra Large watch face with numbers that take up the entire screen, making it easier to view the time.

Font Adjustments

When you activate Larger Dynamic Type, the text inside a range of apps in Apple Watch, including Mail, Messages, and Settings, is converted to a larger, easier‑to‑read size. And you can choose bold text to make the text heavier across built‑in applications.

Grayscale

To assist users for whom color might impair visibility, Apple Watch lets you enable grayscale onscreen. After you set the filter, the settings apply system-wide.

Reduce Motion

You can reduce screen motion in Apple Watch. When you turn on Reduce Motion, some screen elements — such as the movement of icons on the Home screen — will be simpler and more directly associated with your navigation gestures.

Reduce Transparency

You can increase contrast on the screen by reducing the transparency of the background behind elements such as alerts, Siri, and Glances.

On/Off Labels

To make it easier to see whether a setting is on or off, you can have Apple Watch show an additional label on the on/off switches.

Hearing

Learn more about Mono Audio and the Taptic Engine below.

Mono Audio

When you’re using Bluetooth headphones, you might miss some audio if you’re deaf or hard of hearing in one ear. That’s because stereo recordings usually have distinct left- and right-channel audio tracks. Apple Watch can help by playing both audio channels in both ears, and it lets you adjust the balance for greater volume in either ear.

Taptic Engine and Prominent Haptic

The unique Taptic Engine provides a gentle tap on the wrist every time a notification comes in.

If you turn on Prominent Haptic, your Apple Watch will also play a prominent haptic to pre-announce some common alerts. To turn it on, tap Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Prominent Haptic on your Apple Watch.

Use third-party apps on your Apple Watch

Find, install, and manage third-party apps for your Apple Watch.

Find third-party apps in the App Store

From your iPhone, you can find third-party apps designed to work with your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap App Store.
  2. Browse apps and tap to download.
    Find apps for Apple Watch on your iPhone in the Apple Watch app
  3. Enter your Apple ID password.

Learn more about the App Store and get help if an app isn’t installing to your Apple Watch successfully.

Manage your third-party apps

You might already have third-party apps on your Apple Watch. When you set up your Apple Watch, you have the option to either Install All or Install Later. If you pick Install All, any third-party apps on your iPhone that are compatible with Apple Watch will automatically sync. And any future updates to third-party apps on your iPhone, or any future app purchases, will automatically sync to your Apple Watch.

If you don’t want all of your future iPhone app purchases to sync automatically to your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap My Watch > General > Automatic Downloads.
  3. Turn off Automatically Download Apps.

If you pick Install Later when you set up your Apple Watch, the apps on your iPhone that are compatible with Apple Watch won’t sync automatically. To manually sync third-party apps on your iPhone that are compatible with your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll to find the app you want to sync, and then tap it.
  3. Turn on Show App on Apple Watch.

If you want to uninstall an app on your Apple Watch:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Scroll to find the app you want to remove, and then tap it.
  3. Turn off Show App on Apple Watch.

Manage Glances for third-party apps on your Apple Watch

You can use up to 20 Glances on your Apple Watch. By default, Apple Watch uses 9 Glances, though you can edit these at any time.

Edit your current list of Glances

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch > Glances.

  • Remove a Glance by tapping  . Then tap Remove.
  • Add a Glance by tapping  .
  • Rearrange the order by pressing and holding  . Then drag and drop the Glance.

Show or hide a Glance for a particular app

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Scroll to find an app.
  3. Tap it to see its settings.
  4. Make sure Show App on Apple Watch is turned on.
  5. Turn on Show in Glances. Not all apps offer a Glance setting.
    Edit an app's Glance setting from the Apple Watch app on iPhone

Manage notifications for your third-party apps

Your third-party apps will use the same notification settings as your iPhone. If you don’t want your Apple Watch to mirror the notification settings on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Apple Watch App on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Tap Notifications, then scroll down.
  3. Turn off Mirror iPhone Alerts.

Get help

If an app isn’t installing to your Apple Watch successfully, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap > My Watch. Tap the app and turn off Show App on Apple Watch. Wait a moment, and then turn on Show App on Apple Watch again.

If you need more help:

  1. Check for updates for your Apple Watch and iPhone.
  2. Restart your Apple Watch and your iPhone.
  3. Contact the app developer for more help.

Listen to music on your Apple Watch

Learn how to store, listen to, and remove music from your Apple Watch.

Listen to music on Apple Watch with Bluetooth headphones

You can keep one playlist on your Apple Watch at a time. Sync the playlist from your iPhone, then listen to your songs using Bluetooth headphones.

Make a playlist

To make a new playlist, follow these steps:

  1. On your iPhone, go to the Music app and tap Playlists > New Playlist.
  2. Name your playlist and tap Save.
  3. Tap either Songs or Artists to search for music to add to your playlist.
  4. When you find a song you’d like to add, tap  .
  5. When you’re finished, tap Done.

If you want to edit a saved playlist:

  1. Open the Music app on your iPhone and tap Playlists.
  2. Pick a playlist by tapping it. Then tap edit.
  3. To delete songs, tap   > Remove. Tap Done when you’re finished. To add songs, tap  . Then find music by tapping Songs, Artists, or Albums. Tap   to add songs to your playlist. Tap Done when you’re finished.

Sync your playlist

  1. Connect your Apple Watch to its Apple Magnetic Charging Cable.
  2. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is turned on.
  3. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  4. Go to Music > Synced Playlist to see your iPhone playlists.
  5. Tap the playlist you want to sync to your Apple Watch.
  6. When a message next to your playlist says Sync Pending, your playlist will begin syncing from your iPhone to your Apple Watch.
  7. Wait until the sync is finished before using your Apple Watch. To see the sync progress, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap Music.

 Enjoy music on Apple Watch by syncing an iPhone playlist

Find the playlist on your Apple Watch

Before you can find the synced playlist on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to connect to Bluetooth headphones:

  1. Put your Bluetooth headphones in pairing mode using the instructions that came with them. You might need to enter a passkey or PIN (Personal Identification Number).
  2. On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > Bluetooth. Your Apple Watch will search for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  3. Choose your Bluetooth headphones and enter a passkey or PIN if asked.

After you’ve connected your Bluetooth headphones, you can find the playlist on your Apple Watch: Force Press the Music app on your Apple Watch. Then tap Source > Apple Watch to see your playlist.

Remove a playlist from Apple Watch

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap Music > Synced Playlist > None. Put your Apple Watch on its charger and your playlist will be removed.

Learn More

Your Apple Watch playlist is limited to 1 GB by default. In the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, you can change this setting to 2 GB, 500 MB, or 100 MB. If you prefer to limit by song number, you can limit your playlist to 15, 50, 125, or 250 songs.

Get a quick glance at useful information

From the watch face, you have quick access to Glances—scannable summaries of the information you view most frequently. Swipe up on the watch face to see glances, then swipe left or right to see different glances.

From any watch face, swipe up to see glances.

Check your glances

Glances appear when you swipe up on the watch face. You must be looking at the watch face, no other screen.
  • Check your glances. Swipe up on the watch face to see the glance you viewed last, then swipe left or right to see other glances. Swipe down to return to the watch face.

  • When a glance isn’t enough. To open the related app, just tap the glance.

Organize your glances

  • See only what you want to see. To choose your glances, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Glances, then remove or include glances. (You can’t remove the Settings glance.)

  • Put them in handy order. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap My Watch, tap Glances, then drag the reorder buttons.

    The reorder buttons are along the right edge of the screen.

Customize your Apple Watch face

You can customize the Apple Watch face so it looks the way you want and provides the functions you need. Choose from a variety of watch face designs, adjust colors, features, and other details, then add it to your collection so you can switch when you need the right timekeeping tools—or whenever you’d like a change.

  • Change the watch face. With the watch face showing, firmly press the display, then swipe to see the faces in your collection. When you find the face you want, tap it.

What you see when you firmly press the watch face. You can swipe left or right to see other watch face options. Tap customize for a watch face to add the features you want.

You can add special functions—sometimes called complications—to your watch face, so you can instantly check things like stock prices or the weather report.

  • Add features to the watch face. With the watch face showing, firmly press the display, then tap Customize. Swipe to select a feature, then turn the Digital Crown to adjust. On some faces, you need to tap a feature to select it. When you’re finished, press the Digital Crown to save your changes. Tap the face to switch to it.

Utility watch face on the left. Tap Customize button. Customize screen on the right with clock detail feature highlighted. Turn the crown to change options.
  • Add a watch face to your collection. Assemble your own collection of custom faces—even different versions of the same design. With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe all the way to the right, then tap the New button (+). Swipe up and down to browse designs, then tap the one you want to add. After you add it, you can customize it.

New watch face screen. Tap watch face to swipe up and down for designs. Tap to add one.
  • Delete a face from your collection. Don’t use a face much anymore? With the current watch face showing, firmly press the display, swipe to the face you don’t want, then swipe it up and tap Delete. You can always add the watch face again later.

Watch face showing. Swipe up to delete watch face.
  • Advance the watch time. Like to set your watch ahead? Open the Settings app Settings icon, tap Time, tap +0 min, then turn the Digital Crown to set the watch ahead by as much as 59 minutes. This setting only changes the time shown on the watch face—it doesn’t affect alarms, times in notifications, or any other times (such as World Clock).

In the Time settings app, turn the Digital Crown to increase the time you want displayed on your watch face.

Status icons on Apple Watch

Status icons at the top of the screen give you information about Apple Watch:

notification iconNotification: You have an unread notification.

charging iconCharging: Apple Watch is charging.

Lock iconLock: Apple Watch is locked with a passcode.

Do Not Disturb iconDo Not Disturb: Calls and alerts won’t sound or light up the screen, but alarms are still in effect.

Airplane mode iconAirplane Mode: Wireless is turned off but non-wireless features are still available.

Disconnected iPhone iconDisconnected from your iPhone: Apple Watch has lost the connection with its paired iPhone.

wireless activity iconLoading: There’s wireless activity or an active process happening.

Back up your Apple Watch

Learn how your iPhone backs up and stores your Apple Watch data.

Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data.Here’s what your Apple Watch backup will include:

  • General system settings, such as your watch face, known Wi-Fi networks, brightness, sound, and haptic settings
  • Language
  • Time Zone
  • Settings for Mail, Calendar, Stocks, and Weather
  • App-specific settings, such as Maps, distance, and units
  • Health and Fitness data, such as history, achievements, and user-entered data
  • iPhone apps that you installed on your Apple Watch

Your backup won’t include:

  • Calibration data from your Apple Watch
  • Playlists synced to your Apple Watch
  • Credit or debit cards used for Apple Pay on your Apple Watch
  • Passcode for your Apple Watch

When you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone, your iPhone automatically creates a backup of your Apple Watch. Unpairing will erase all data from your Apple Watch. If your Apple Watch is unpaired while out of range of your iPhone, the backup won’t be created. When you’re ready, you can pair your Apple Watch again and set it up from a backup.

About Notifications on your Apple Watch

Your notifications will go to your iPhone or your Apple Watch, depending on the device that you’re using.

Where you’ll see your notifications

We’ll send notifications to the device that you’re using, so you can see them as soon as possible.

If your iPhone is unlocked, you’ll get notifications on your iPhone, instead of your Apple Watch.

 

If your iPhone is locked or asleep, and your Apple Watch is unlocked and on your wrist, you’ll get notifications on your Apple Watch.When you dismiss notifications on your Apple Watch, they’re also dismissed from your iPhone.

If you set a passcode on your Apple Watch

When your Apple Watch is locked, your notifications will go to your iPhone. After you put on your Apple Watch and unlock it, you won’t need to unlock it again as long as it maintains skin contact. To keep your watch from locking while you’re wearing it, make sure it’s snug but comfortable.

If your Apple Watch is locked, you’ll see   on your watch face. If you set a passcode, here’s when your Apple Watch automatically locks:

  • When you’re not wearing it. Your Apple Watch can detect when it’s on your wrist, so it knows when you’re wearing it.
  • If it loses contact with your skin.
  • While it’s charging.

Use Activity on Apple Watch

Use the Activity app on your Apple Watch to measure your daily activity. For example, look at the Activity Rings to see how much you move, exercise, and stand from day to day.

Activity on Apple Watch

Apple Watch gives you a comprehensive look at your all-day activity. In the Activity app, three rings offer you a snapshot of how much you move, exercise, and stand from day to day:

  • The Move ring. This shows how many active calories you’ve burned. Active calories, unlike resting calories, are ones you burn by moving throughout the day. Each week, you’ll get a Move goal summary and a suggested daily Move goal for the upcoming week. Since it’s based on your past history, this suggested daily Move goal is realistic and achievable. You can also adjust your daily Move goal at any time.
  • The Exercise ring. This displays how many minutes of brisk activity you’ve completed towards a goal of 30 minutes. Every minute of movement that equals or exceeds a brisk walk, whether it’s working out or playing with your kids, counts toward your Exercise goal.
  • The Stand ring. This represents the number of hours in which you’ve stood for at least 1 minute. You’ll complete the Stand ring if you stand up and move a bit for at least 1 minute during 12 different hours in a day.

You can also set up your Apple Watch to send regular updates and encouraging reminders about your Activity progress. For example, notifications can tell you when you’ve achieved your Stand, Exercise, or daily Move goals. Encouraging messages can remind you to stand when you’ve been sitting for nearly an hour, or let you know when you’ve hit a milestone or earned an achievement.

You can earn achievements in Activity for Apple WatchComplete all goals in Activity on Apple Watch for a perfect weekYou can earn badges in Activity for Apple Watch

Before you begin

Apple Watch uses different kinds of information to calculate your overall activity and caloric burn. The more your Apple Watch learns about you, the more customized its calculations become.

For example, enter some data about yourself when you open Activity for the first time, like your age and weight. This will help Apple Watch make calculations just for you. Then wear your Apple Watch regularly so that the accuracy of your data continues to improve over time. Get the most customized caloric burn and overall activity readings by using your Workout app with your iPhone when you walk or run outside.

Use Activity

There are three ways to open your Activity app:

  • Tap the Activity app from your Apple Watch Home Screen.
  • Swipe up from the watch face to open Glances. Swipe left and right until you find the Activity Glance, and tap it to open Activity. If you turned off the Activity Glance, you can turn it on again in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone under Glances > Activity.
  • If you customized your watch face to show Activity Rings, you can tap them from there to open Activity.

Use Activity to find helpful overviews and details about your daily activity:

Activity on Apple Watch uses rings to show you how much you move, exercise, and stand

Using a graph with three Activity Rings, Activity shows you a summary of your daily Move, Exercise, and Stand goals. When you meet your daily goals, the rings become full circles. If you exceed your daily goals, the rings begin to overlap themselves.

Swipe up on Activity overview on Apple Watch for more details about your activities

Swipe up on the overview of the Activity Rings to see details like how many steps you’ve taken and how far you’ve traveled.

Swipe left or right in the Activity app on Apple Watch for more details

Swipe left or right on the Activity Rings to see your daily Move, Exercise, and Stand goals in greater detail. You can Force Touch the rings to change your daily Move goal.

Swipe up on the Stand goal in Activity on Apple Watch to see more details

From any of your daily Move, Exercise, or Stand goals, swipe up from the bottom of the display to see more information. For example, swipe up on your Stand goal to see a graph. Bright bars represent hours in which you stood and moved for at least 60 seconds, while dim bars display hours in which you didn’t.

Set notifications and see your complete Activity history

To set up notifications and reminders, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch > Activity. From there, you can pick which notifications and reminders to receive throughout the day.

Open the Activity app on your iPhone to see your complete Activity history. This includes details about your achievements, active calories, resting calories, total calories, and workouts completed in the Workout app on your Apple Watch.

Use the Workout app on Apple Watch

Learn how to use the Workout app to set goals and track your progress.

 outdoor runWith Workout, you can track your favorite workouts, get reminders about your milestones during the workout, and get a detailed summary after you finish. To get started, open the Workout app, then choose one of the workout options:

  • Outdoor Run
  • Outdoor Walk
  • Outdoor Cycle
  • Indoor Run
  • Indoor Walk
  • Indoor Cycle
  • Elliptical
  • Rower
  • Stair Stepper
  • Other

Depending on your workout, you can set a Calorie, Distance, or Time goal. Your Apple Watch will alert you when you reach your goal, and give you progress updates during your workout.

Workout also shares information with Activity on your Apple Watch, so that your workouts count towards your activity goals.

 Outdoor Run Goal

Start a workout

  1. Tap Workout.
  2. Scroll to your desired Workout, then tap it.
  3. Swipe left or right to set a Calorie, Distance, or Time goal. To work out without setting a goal, choose Open. You can set your Distance Goal for Miles or Kilometers. Just Force Touch the Distance Goal screen to choose.
  4. When you’re ready, tap Start. You’ll get a 3-second countdown. If you want to skip the countdown, just tap the watch face during the countdown.

To preserve your battery life on long walks and runs, you can turn on Power Saving Mode. Just open the Apple Watch app on iPhone, tap Workout, then tap Power Saving Mode. The heart rate sensor will turn off, but your Apple Watch will still calculate active calories, distance, pace, and elapsed time.

 Outdoor Run Distance

Customize your workout

While you’re working out, you can choose what you want to see on your Apple Watch:

  • Tap the time metric (top-right corner) to change between time of day, elapsed time, and pace/speed (during outdoor distance workouts).
  • Swipe the primary metric to change between elapsed time, pace/speed (during outdoor distance workouts), distance (during outdoor distance workouts), calories, and heart rate.

After you choose your metrics for an activity, you won’t have to set them again. Apple Watch will use your settings as the default for that activity. As you workout, the goal ring will show your progress.

If you want to see your Distance, Calorie, or Time goal numerically instead of as a progress ring, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, select Workout, and turn on Show Goal Metric.

 End or Pause your workout

End or pause your workout

To end or pause a Workout, Force Touch the display to see Pause/End. You can also swipe all the way to the left to see the Pause/End view in Workout.

To see your complete Activity history, your workouts, and your Achievements, open the Activity app on your iPhone. All of your data will also be stored automatically in the Health app, where it can be used by third-party apps with your permission.

Get the best measurement

Your Apple Watch will estimate your measurements during workouts based on the information that you entered during setup, but you can further improve its accuracy using these tips:

  • Wearing your Apple Watch regularly can improve the accuracy of the Activity and Workout apps.
  • Choose the Workout that best matches what you’re doing. For example, if you’re running on a treadmill, choose Indoor Run.
  • For GPS accuracy when you walk, run, or cycle outdoors, select the appropriate Workout and bring your iPhone. This will also help calibrate the accelerometer in Apple Watch for times when you don’t have GPS, such as during treadmill workouts or when you’re running outside without your phone.
  • To get the most accurate heart rate measurement when you use Workout, make sure your Apple Watch fits snugly on top of your wrist. The heart rate sensor should stay close to your skin.
  • You can also use another heart rate monitoring device, such as a chest strap. To pair an external heart rate monitor with your Apple Watch, tap the Settings app on the Home screen, then tap Bluetooth and select it under Health Devices. Learn more about the Apple Watch heart rate sensor, its accuracy, and its limitations.

Calibrating your Apple Watch for improved Workout and Activity accuracy

Apple Watch uses the personal information you provide (age, gender, height, and weight) to help calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity. Additionally, you can calibrate your Apple Watch for even more accuracy.

Workout and Activity appsYou can calibrate your Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of your distance and pace measurements during walking or running workouts when GPS isn’t available (such as when you walk or run outdoors without your iPhone, or use a treadmill).

  1. Bring your iPhone and your Apple Watch.
  2. Find an open, flat area outside that offers good GPS reception and clear skies.
  3. Make sure that Location Services is on. To check the setting on your iPhone, tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  4. Make sure that Motion Calibration & Distance is on. To check the setting on your iPhone, tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.
  5. Hold your iPhone in your hand, or attach it to your body with an armband (preferably) or waistband.
  6. Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch, and choose Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run.
  7. Choose your goal, or select Open, and tap Start.
  8. Walk or run at your normal pace for about 20 minutes.

If you can’t accumulate 20 minutes of outdoor walking or running during one Workout session, you can accumulate 20 minutes over multiple outdoor walking or running Workout sessions with your iPhone. If you frequently walk or run at a variety of different speeds, it’s best to accumulate 20 minutes of outdoor walking or running in the Workout app with your iPhone at each of the speeds you frequently walk or run at.

You don’t need to do anything specific to start this calibration process. It can be done during a regular outdoor walking or running workout in the Workout app when you have your iPhone with you. And, whenever you use Apple Watch and iPhone to walk or run outside in the Workout app, it will continue to calibrate the accelerometer by learning your unique stride length at different speeds, and get more accurate over time.

This calibration process can also help improve the accuracy of your overall calorie estimations in many of the other workout categories in the Workout app, and the calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Activity app. However, it’s not necessary to do this calibration process before using either the Activity or Workout apps.

Calibration data is stored locally on Apple Watch, and isn’t backed up to your iPhone.  Therefore, your calibration data will be lost if you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. 

Your heart rate. What it means, and where on Apple Watch you’ll find it.

Learn how Apple Watch measures your heart rate, and get tips for a more accurate reading.

The average heart rate is 72 beats per minute (bpm). As you exercise, your muscles need more oxygen, and your heart beats faster to deliver it. During workouts, the heart rate sensor in Apple Watch measures your heart rate and displays it right on your wrist. You can also check your heart rate at any time using the Heart Rate Glance. And throughout the day, Apple Watch measures your heart rate every 10 minutes and stores it in the Health app. All this information, as well as other data it collects, helps Apple Watch estimate how many calories you’ve burned. And by checking your heart rate during workouts, you can see how both your intensity level and your heart rate change over time.

How Apple Watch measures your heart rate.

The heart rate sensor in Apple Watch uses what is known as photoplethysmography. This technology, while difficult to pronounce, is based on a very simple fact: Blood is red because it reflects red light and absorbs green light. Apple Watch uses green LED lights paired with light‑sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through your wrist at any given moment. When your heart beats, the blood flow in your wrist — and the green light absorption — is greater. Between beats, it’s less. By flashing its LED lights hundreds of times per second, Apple Watch can calculate the number of times the heart beats each minute — your heart rate.

The heart rate sensor can also use infrared light. This mode is what Apple Watch uses when it measures your heart rate every 10 minutes. However, if the infrared system isn’t providing an adequate reading, Apple Watch switches to the green LEDs. In addition, the heart rate sensor is designed to compensate for low signal levels by increasing both LED brightness and sampling rate.

For best results, start with a good fit.

Even under ideal conditions, Apple Watch may not be able to get a reliable heart rate reading every time for everybody. And for a small percentage of users, various factors may make it impossible to get any heart rate reading at all. But there are things you can do to help Apple Watch get the most consistent and best heart rate readings possible.

Too loose.

If your Apple Watch doesn’t stay in place, or the sensors aren’t reading your heart rate, tighten the band a bit.

Just right.

Your Apple Watch should be snug but comfortable.

What else affects your reading?

Many factors can affect the performance of the Apple Watch heart rate sensor. Skin perfusion is one. A fancy way of describing how much blood flows through your skin, skin perfusion varies significantly from person to person and can also be impacted by the environment. If you’re exercising in the cold, for example, the skin perfusion in your wrist may be too low for the heart rate sensor to get a reading.

Motion is another factor that can affect the heart rate sensor. Rhythmic movements, such as running or cycling, give better results compared to irregular movements, like tennis or boxing.

Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.

If you’re not able to get a consistent reading because of any of these factors, you can connect your Apple Watch wirelessly to external heart rate monitors such as Bluetooth chest straps.

Heart rate is just one of many factors that Apple Watch uses to measure your activity and exercise. Depending on your workout, it selects the most appropriate inputs for that activity. For example, when you’re running indoors, it also uses the accelerometer. When you’re cycling outdoors, it uses the GPS in your iPhone. And even when you’re not in a dedicated workout, it tracks how much you move each day. So Apple Watch can give you the information — and the motivation — to improve your fitness and your health.

Cleaning and wearing Apple Watch

Learn about materials in your Apple Watch, and how to clean it. Get helpful tips on avoiding skin irritation, especially if you have allergies or skin sensitivities.

Learn what’s in Apple Watch

Materials in Apple Watch

  • Apple Watch: 316L Stainless Steel, Sapphire Crystal, Ceramic
  • Apple Watch Sport: 7000 series Aluminum, Ion-X glass, Composite
  • Apple Watch Edition: 18-Karat Gold, Sapphire Crystal, Ceramic

Materials in Apple Watch bands

  • Sport: Fluoroelastomer with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold
  • Milanese Loop: Stainless Steel
  • Link Bracelet: Stainless Steel
  • Leather Loop: Leather with Stainless Steel
  • Modern Buckle: Leather with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold
  • Classic Buckle: Leather with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold

See wearing Apple Watch for additional safety information.

Clean and dry your Apple Watch

Keep your Apple Watch clean and dry. Use a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Some models include one*. Because Apple Watch is splash and water resistant (but not waterproof), you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.

Soaps, cleaning products, and abrasive materials shouldn’t be used on your Apple Watch. Compressed air and external heat sources like hair dryers can cause damage.

To clean Apple Watch, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch, and remove it from the charger.
  2. Clean your Apple Watch with a recommended cloth. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
  3. Dry your Apple Watch with a recommended cloth.

If the Digital Crown isn’t turning smoothly, learn how to clean it.

Clean and dry your band

For leather:

  1. Wipe down the band with the same type of cloth recommended for cleaning the Apple Watch. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
  2. Leather bands aren’t water resistant. Soaking them might cause discoloration, skin irritation, or other damage.
  3. Let the band air dry. Direct sunlight, high temperatures, and humid conditions can cause damage.

For all other bands, buckles, and closures:

  1. Wipe down the band with a recommended cloth. If needed, you can lightly dampen the cloth with fresh water.
  2. Dry the band with a recommended cloth.

Tips to avoid skin irritation, or if you have allergies or skin sensitivities

  • Wearing your Apple Watch with the right fit—not too tight, not too loose, and with room for your skin to breathe—will keep you comfortable. An overly tight band can cause skin irritation, while a band that’s too loose can cause rubbing.
  • Keeping your Apple Watch and bands—as well as your skin—clean and dry will maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to the watch. This is especially important after workouts or exposure to liquids such as sweat, soap, sunscreen, and lotions that can cause skin irritations. These irritants can make skin reactions more likely if found between Apple Watch and your skin.
  • Pick the right Apple Watch and band. If you have known allergies or sensitivities to substances like metals or plastics, check the materials in each Apple Watch and band.
  • If you experience redness, swelling, itchiness, or any other irritation, you may want to consult your physician before you put Apple Watch back on.
  • See wearing Apple Watch for additional safety information.

* Nonabrasive, lint-free cleaning cloths come with all Stainless Steel models that ship with Link Bracelets, and all Apple Watch Edition models.

Get help with the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch

For example, if the Digital Crown isn’t turning smoothly or your Apple Watch isn’t responding to a button press, follow these steps.

Check for debris and wipe down your Apple Watch

If the Digital Crown gets stuck or won’t move, it might be because of dirt or debris. If you find substances like dust or lotion around the Digital Crown, follow these steps to clean, and repeat as needed:

  1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.
  2. If you have a leather band, remove it from your Apple Watch.
  3. Hold the Digital Crown under lightly running, warm, fresh water from a faucet for 10 to 15 seconds.Soaps and other cleaning products shouldn’t be used.
  4. Continuously turn and press the Digital Crown as water runs over the small gap between the crown and the housing.
  5. Dry your Apple Watch with a non-abrasive, lint-free cleaning cloth.

If you can press and rotate the crown, but your Apple Watch doesn’t respond

  • Turn off your Apple Watch and turn it back on.
  • If you can’t turn off the device, or if your Apple Watch isn’t responding, then you can force restart the devices as a last resort: Press and hold both the side button and Digital Crown for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple Logo.
  • If the issue still isn’t resolved, get more help.

Find the S/M band adjustment piece for your new Apple Watch

If you buy an Apple Watch Sport, or an Apple Watch with a sport band, you can use included parts to adjust your band to be M/L or S/M.

When you first unbox your new Apple Watch Sport, or your new Apple Watch with sport band, you’ll find a M/L band attached to the watch. You can adjust the band to a smaller size using the S/M part that’s included with your device. For example, if you ordered an Apple Watch Sport, you’ll find a S/M band part inside the envelope that came with your device:

Put on or change your Apple Watch band

Find your band below to learn how to adjust, fasten, or remove it.

Before you adjust or remove the band, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat.

Change your band

To remove your band, press the band release button, slide the band across to remove it, then slide the new band in. Never force a band into the slot. If the band doesn’t slide out, press the band release button again. Before you remove a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces.

Band release button

If you replace your band, you can check to make sure that it fits your wrist and your watch.

Put on or adjust your band

Use the steps below for your band.

Classic buckle

Classic Buckle

  1. Slide the end of the strap through the buckle.
  2. Insert the pin, and slide the end of the strap through the loop.
  3. Slide the loop toward the end of the strap.

Leather, stainless steel or 18-karat gold buckle. Available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch.

Leather loop

Leather Loop

Slide the band through the loop, and fasten with the magnetic closure.

Leather, stainless steel, magnetic closure.* Available for 42 mm Apple Watch only.

Link bracelet

Link Bracelet

To adjust the length of your band and remove a link, press the quick release button on the inside of the bracelet and pull apart. Store loose links in the links pouch.

To open the butterfly closure, press both of the release buttons. To close, fold in the butterfly closure, one side at a time until you feel and hear a click.

Stainless steel, butterfly closure. Available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch.

Milanese Loop

Milanese Loop

Slide the band to adjust the fit, then fasten with the magnetic closure.

Stainless steel, magnetic closure.* Available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch.

Modern buckle

Modern Buckle

  1. With the inside of the buckle facing up, push both ends of the strap towards the bottom buckle to pop the strap out of the pin.
  2. Slide the strap until it aligns with the appropriate hole.
  3. Snap the pin into the hole. Don’t remove the buckle from the end of the strap.

Leather, stainless steel or 18-karat gold buckle, magnetic closure.* Available for 38 mm Apple Watch only.

Sport band

Sport Band

  1. Snap the pin into one of the holes.
  2. Tuck the end.

Fluoroelastomer, stainless steel or 18-karat gold pin. Available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch.

Get the best fit

Your Apple Watch should fit closely on your wrist. You can check the watch sizing guide before choosing a band. Your Apple Watch needs skin contact for features like wrist detection, haptic notifications, and the heart rate sensor. Use these tips to get the best fit, and learn how to wear your Apple Watch while you workout or use the heart rate sensor.

*Nickel. Apple Watch, the space gray Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands, and the magnets in the watch and bands  contain some nickel. However, they all fall below the strict nickel restrictions set by European REACh regulation. Therefore, while nickel exposure is unlikely to be a problem, you should be aware of the possibility in case you’re susceptible to nickel-related reactions.
Methacrylates. The Apple Watch case, the Milanese Loop, Modern Buckle, and Leather Loop bands contain trace amounts of methacrylates from adhesives. Methacrylates are commonly found in many consumer products that come in contact with the skin, including adhesive bandages, but some people may be sensitive to them, or develop sensitivities over time. Methacrylate exposure from Apple Watch and the bands listed above is unlikely, but customers with known methacrylate allergies should be attentive when wearing the bands until they can determine they are not experiencing an allergic reaction.

Using Power Reserve

Power Reserve allows you to continue to see the time on your Apple Watch while preserving your battery life.

Watch face showing the time in power reserve

Your Apple Watch will automatically enter Power Reserve if the battery gets too low, and you might see Charge icon next to the time. In Power Reserve, press the side button to show the current time in a 24-hour format. The time will display for six seconds.While your Apple Watch is in Power Reserve, your Apple Watch and iPhone won’t communicate, and you can’t access other watch features.

Turn off Power Reserve

To turn your device back on, press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo and wait for your Apple Watch to restart. You might need to charge your Apple Watch first.

Turn on Power Reserve

If you need to, you can turn on Power Reserve. Press and hold the side button until you see the Power Off, Power Reserve, and Lock Device options. Then drag the slider to turn on Power Reserve.

You can also turn on Power Reserve using Glances. Swipe up on the watch face to open Glances, then swipe left or right to find the Battery Glance. Tap Power Reserve, then tap Proceed.

Check battery power and charge your Apple Watch

Learn how to check your battery and charge your Apple Watch.

 Apple Watch battery power Glance

Check your battery charge

  1. Swipe up on the clock face to open Glances.
  2. Swipe left or right to find the Glance that shows your remaining battery life.

If you turned off the Battery Glance, you can turn it on again in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone under Glances > Battery. You can also add specialized functions called complications to a clock face. From your Apple Watch, you can include a battery charge complication on certain watch faces.

  Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable

Charge your Apple Watch

If you see a screen on your Apple Watch with a red lightning bolt  Apple Watch low battery power, it means that battery power is low.

Learn how to handle your Apple Watch and accessories safely, and always take off your device before charging it. To charge your Apple Watch:

  1. Plug the included Apple Magnetic Charging Cable into the included adapter, and plug the adapter into a power outlet. You can also plug the charging cable into a USB port. If you use a computer’s USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports, make sure the computer is on and not in sleep mode. Plug into the computer body instead of an external keyboard.
  2. Position the back of Apple Watch on the top of the charger. The magnets on the charger align Apple Watch properly, and you’ll hear a chime and see a charging symbol on the watch face. If you have an Apple Watch Edition, you can also set your device in its Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Case with the lid open. You’ll feel the magnet in the charger pull the underside of your device into place.
  3. Look for a green lightning bolt on your Apple Watch display  Apple Watch charging symbol, which means that your device is charging. Give your device time to charge. If you’re charging an Apple Watch that ran out of battery power completely, it could be a few minutes before the green lightning bolt appears. If the charging screen disappears, you can bring it back by pressing the side button.

Find the serial number for your Apple Watch

You might need the serial number when you register your Apple Watch or request support.

Check your Apple Watch

On your Apple Watch, there are two places you can find the serial number.

Engraved serial number

Check the back of the watch for the engraved serial number.

Serial Number and Model

Or press the Digital Crown to go to the Home screen, then tap the Settings app. Tap General > About and scroll down.

Check your iPhone

You can also find your serial number on your paired iPhone. Just open the Apple Watch App, then tap General > About.

General > About screen

Set up and use Apple Pay with Apple Watch

Get started by adding your credit or debit card to Apple Watch using the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

Paired Apple Watch and iPhone

Before you begin

Here’s what you need to start using Apple Pay:

Use these steps to set up Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad.

Set up Apple Pay

Even if you already set up Apple Pay on your iPhone or iPad, you need to add your payment cards to your Apple Watch using the Apple Watch app on iPhone. Unlock your watch, then use these steps to set up Apple Pay:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap Passbook & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Add Credit or Debit Card, then tap Next.
  4. If you have a supported credit or debit card on file with iTunes, enter the card’s security code. Otherwise, use the camera to capture the information on your credit or debit card. Then fill in any additional information needed, including the card security code.
  5. Tap Next. Your bank will verify your information and decide if you can add your card to Apple Pay. If they need more information, they’ll ask you to provide additional verification. You can verify your card any time after you’ve added it to the Apple Watch app on iPhone. Just return to the app, tap the card, tap Enter Code, then follow the instructions.
  6. After your card is verified, tap Next. You’ll receive a notification on Apple Watch that your card is ready for Apple Pay. Then you can start using Apple Pay with your Apple Watch.

Use Apple Pay in stores

You can use Apple Pay with your Apple Watch to pay in stores that accept contactless payments. Look for one of these symbols at checkout:

Some stores might have this symbol on their card readers and POS terminals, but they might not be currently set up to accept contactless payments, including Apple Pay. At the current time, this includes 7-Eleven, Jack in the Box, Home Depot, Rite Aid, and CVS. If you can’t use Apple Pay at a store that’s displaying the contactless payment symbol, please let us know using our Apple Pay feedback form.

Payment completed on Apple Watch

Pay with your Apple Watch:

  1. Double-click the side button.
  2. You’ll see your default card. To change cards, swipe left or right.
  3. Hold the face of your Apple Watch within a few centimeters of the contactless reader.
  4. Make sure that you hold your Apple Watch near the reader until you feel a gentle pulse and hear a tone. That’s how you know that your payment information was sent.

Manage your cards

After you add credit or debit cards, you can change the default card, update your card information, or remove a card at any time.

Change your default card

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap Passbook & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Default Card, then tap a card.

Add another card

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap My Watch.
  2. Scroll down and tap Passbook & Apple Pay.
  3. Tap Add Credit or Debit Card, then follow the onscreen steps.

Remove a card

  • To remove a card using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, open the app, tap My Watch, scroll down, and tap Passbook & Apple Pay. Tap the card, then tap Remove.
  • To remove a card from your Apple Watch, tap Passbook on the Home screen. Then go to your card, press it firmly, and tap Delete.

Get help if your Apple Watch is lost or stolen

To remove the ability to make payments using credit and debit cards on your device, go to iCloud.com. Sign in, click Settings, choose your device, and click Remove All. You can also call your bank to suspend or remove your cards from Apple Pay.

*If you turn off Wrist Detect, remove your passcode, or sign out of iCloud, all credit and debit cards will be removed from your Apple Watch.