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Apple Watch settings you won’t regret changing right now

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I just took your brand New Apple Watch out of the box and tie it is yours IphoneBut what now? With so many options and settings buried in both your watch, iPhone, and the Settings app itself, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Whether you have a new Apple Watch Series 7, The Apple Watch SE or Series 3They all run the same WatchOS 8 It has (mostly) the same features and settings. Regardless of whether it’s your first watch or an upgrade, there are plenty of settings you should know about. For example, sometimes the camera roll is overridden by the wrong screenshots. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Also, don’t let the number of apps installed on your watch confuse you. And definitely don’t get discouraged because Siri keeps talking to you at random. There are simple fixes for some of these annoyances.

We’ll guide you through changing nine settings that will make your Apple Watch experience smooth and enjoyable.

Set all your activity goals

With the release of WatchOS 7 last year, Apple added the option to change your goals for the amount of time you stand and exercise. Previously, you could only change the movement goal (or calories).

So instead of using the default settings — 30 minutes of exercise and 12 hours of cumulative standing per day — you can change either one to fit your actual daily routine.

This small change will enable you to achieve your goals when you really start your day, not when Apple tells you to. For example, if you use sleep tracking all night and need to charge your watch a lot in the morning, you won’t feel like you’ve lost an hour of time to close those loops.

open the Activity the app on your watch, scroll to the bottom and tap they change Objectives. Make your adjustments to the three scales and start closing those loops.

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You now have complete control over what it takes to finish your Activity loops.

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Too long random shots

A screenshot is taken on the Apple Watch by pressing the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time. It’s a simple and convenient method, unless you’re like me and find yourself repeatedly accidentally triggering it, filling the Photos app with random images of your watch face.

To turn off the ability to take screenshots completely, open a file Settings app on your watch or use the Watch app on your phone and go to general and scroll down until you find shots. Click this option and turn off the switch next to Activate screenshots For a clutter-free camera roll.

Choose the portrait mode photos you want to see on your wrist

Now that the Apple WatchOS 8 update has arrived, you can set portrait mode images as your watch face wallpaper. But first, you have to look in the Settings in the Watch app on your iPhone. To get started, run Watch the app and go to face gallery tab at the bottom of the screen. Then press photo option under new watch faces Category. Click on Choose photos option under Content Selects up to 24 images that will automatically rotate when you raise your wrist or tap the screen.

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Apple’s new Portrait watch face lets you set photos taken in Portrait Mode as the watch’s wallpaper.

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Stop installing each app automatically

Every time you install an app on your iPhone, it will automatically install its counterpart in your Apple Watch if there is one. This can quickly clutter your watch’s app network, making it hard to find the apps you want to use on your watch.


Apple Watch is more than just a way to display your notifications.

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In the Watch Application on your phone, go to Settings > general Then move the switch next to Automatic installation of the application to me Turn off Location. You can also do this on the watch by opening a file Settings menu, tapping App Store and toggle the switch next to Automatic downloads.

From now on, you can install individual apps on your watch by opening the Watch app on your phone, then scrolling down where you’ll find a list of available apps.

Make the text easier to read by increasing the font size

Reading notifications and news headlines can be difficult on a very small screen. Fortunately, you can increase the font size on your Apple Watch to make things easier on your eyes. To do this, run a file Settings app on your watch and scroll down to font size. Rotate the digital crown, or click the letters that appear on either side of the scale, to adjust the text size on your watch. If you’re planning to buy an Apple Watch Series 7, you’ll have more size options to zoom in on text, since it has a larger screen.

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Stop Those Annoying Breathing AF Reminders

Every few hours, your Apple Watch will beep and tap your wrist to remind you to take a minute to breathe. The first time this kind of comedy happens; Why do I need an alarm clock to breathe, crazy?! Then it happens again. and again. Every four hours, hypothetically for a literally involuntary physiological act.

Breath Reminder is designed to help you take a few minutes to clear your mind and control your breathing, thus lowering your heart rate and possibly helping you feel more focused and calm. But if you’re like me and never follow this command, take a few seconds to turn it off so it doesn’t need to remind you to breathe.

Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, scroll down and tap Full focus of the mind Application option. Next, select Notifications off. (Note: If your watch is not yet running WatchOS 8, this will appear as same instead of vigilance.)

Make it easy to find your apps

The Honeycomb app network looks great in promotional photos and at first glance, but it can be hard to find the app you want to run, especially if you have a lot of apps installed on your watch. Instead of using the network, the watch can display all your apps in an alphabetical list.

Either in the Watch app on your phone or in Settings Apply to the watch and tap View app > Show menu. Now, when you press the Digital Crown to leave your watch face, you’ll see a list of apps that you can quickly scroll through and find what you’re looking for.

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See, wouldn’t the app menu look better?

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Control when you see Siri

There are three different ways to activate Siri on your Apple Watch. You can raise your wrist toward your mouth and start talking, press and hold the Digital Crown or use the alert phrase, “Hey, Siri.”

I’ve found that I often accidentally launch Siri when trying to check the time or read a notification while talking to someone else (but my watch thinks I’m trying to talk to Siri). It’s annoying, but fortunately it can be changed.

Either in the Watch app on your phone or in Settings App on the watch, select siri There are three buttons to control when you see Siri. Move each button to Turn off A position for any of the options you do not want to use.

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Rearrange the control center

Just like the Control Center on your iPhone, the Apple Watch Control Center is where you go to quickly adjust settings like Do Not Disturb, Airplane Mode, and activate the flashlight.

However, you may find that the default options menu in Control Center is not the most appropriate for how you use your watch. For me, that means moving the sleep time toggle button from the bottom of the list to the top. This way when I want to track my sleep over the weekend when I don’t have specific sleep goals, I can swipe up and click the icon.

To access Control Center on your watch, swipe up from the bottom of the watch face, or when you’re in an app, you can long press on the bottom of the screen until you see Control Center start sliding up, after which you just need to slide your finger up to access it. The same trick works to view your notifications from anywhere.

Change the order or hide some buttons in the Control Center by clicking release button at the bottom of the menu. The icons will start to vibrate, and a red minus sign will appear to hide an option. Drag and drop the icons in your preferred order, or click the red minus button to remove the option altogether.

When you’re done, tap Finished Or press the Digital Crown on the side of your watch to return to the watch face.

There are a lot of Apple Watch features worth checking out. For example, file ECG application They can help identify arrhythmias, and there are new exercise options for Pilates, tai chi, and You can even share custom watch faces.

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