If you just tied a new Apple Watch this morning, there are a variety of tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your new wearable use. Read on for some guidance on our favorite Apple Watch features for health, functionality, customization and more.
Your Apple Watch is ringing
For many, the Apple Watch is first and foremost a fitness-centric wearable. The key is the triangle of rings that is represented by each different color: red for walking, green for practice and blue for stand.
By default, the green exercise ring closes when you login to 30 minutes of intense activity, the blue stand or roll ring closes when you turn for 1 minute for at least 12 minutes, and the red move ring closes when you meet your personal goal. Goes burned in one day for active calories.
This year, however, Apple has added the ability to customize your practice and set goals for the first time. Maybe you are recovering from an injury and the 12 stand hours combined with 30 minutes of exercise are too much for your body to manage. People are urging Apple to integrate the Apple Watch’s ring system into the real system, and the feature at least gives users more control over their goals.
Here’s how to change your Apple Watch’s behavior, practices, and goals, including WatchOS 7:
- On your Apple Watch, open the Activity app
- Scroll down and look for the “Change Goals” button
- Use the + or – buttons or digital crowns to adjust your goals
- Tap “OK” to confirm your changes.
The practice ring can be shortened to five intervals and extended to a minimum of 10 minutes or a maximum of 60 minutes. The stand target can vary up to a minimum of 6 hours at one-hour intervals. You cannot raise the stand target beyond the default 12-hour mark.
Customize your watch face
The focus of your Apple Watch is the face of the watch. On the face of your watch, you can add bits of information known as complexity, including weather, activity data, heart rate information, and more. The easiest way to make Apple Watch Face is the Apple Watch app on the iPhone.
You can find a full library of watch faces on the app’s “Face Gallery” tab, and you can add faces to your personal collection as you create them. Once you’ve created multiple watch faces, you can swipe between them from your Apple Watch, making it easy to adjust on the fly for different scenes.
Apple Watch App Store
You can find apps built specifically for the Apple Watch in the WatchOS App Store. Simply press the digital crown on your Apple Watch and look for the App Store icon. Here, you’ll be able to easily find and install dedicated Apple Watch applications without having to use your iPhone.
Sharing your activities
One way I love to stay inspired with my Apple Watch is to share my activity data with friends and family. When you do this, you will see when your friends complete the workouts, how far they have progressed towards their goals and when they have achieved new rewards.
To share data about your Apple Watch activity with others, follow these steps:
- Open the fitness app on your iPhone
- Tap the split icon in the bottom-right corner
- Tap the “+” button in the top corner
- Start typing a name, then tap the name you want to add. If the other person has an Apple Watch, the name will turn red
- Tap the send button, then wait for your friend to accept your activity request. Once accepted, you will receive a notification on your Apple Watch.
Set up health monitoring features
The Apple Watch is not only for intentionally tracking your fitness progress, it is also effective for intensive monitoring in the background.
Such a feature is called fruit detection and it uses a gyroscope and accelerometer to detect if you have fallen and more importantly, if you have fallen and cannot back up. By default, fall detection is disabled for users under 65, but you can enable it manually with these steps:
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
- Tap Emergency SOS
- Find the False Detection Toggle
- Apple warns that more physically active users can trigger false detection without you falling. This may be due to high-impact activity and may appear as falls.
- Tap to confirm
In the iPhone’s Apple Watch app, you can enable a feature suite that will help your Apple Watch take care of your heart. Just open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and look for the Heart section. In this section, you can enable the following features:
- Install the ECG app to collect electronic cards from your Apple Watch (Series 4 and later)
- Set up cardio fitness levels and notifications that are a strong indicator of your overall health
- Apple Watch detects multiple heart rhythms when an atrial fibrillation may occur Irregular rhythm notification to receive a notification
- High heart rate notifications to receive notifications when the Apple Watch detects a heart rate that rises to a certain level when it shows you idle
- Low heart rate notifications for notifications when the Apple Watch detects heart rate below 50 bpm for 10 minutes
If you are using Apple Watch Series 6, you also have the support to take blood oxygen readings with your device. The Apple Watch can also take background measurements so that you have data to reflect on a regular basis. Just open the Watch app on your iPhone, look for the Blood Oxygen section, enable the settings to your liking.
Reign in your notifications
The Apple Watch makes it incredibly easy to stay on top of your notifications. Every time an app sends a push notification, you get a tap on the wrist and hear a sound. In the case of many people, however, it can actually be unnecessary and unnecessary.
To manage notifications on your Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and select the Notifications section. Here, you can view a list of applications and manage the required notifications. My recommendation is to limit notifications as much as possible on your Apple Watch, otherwise, you may be overwhelmed.
See Apple Fitness +
One of Apple’s new fitness is deep integration with Apple’s new Fitness + subscription workout service. Apple provides access to a library of hundreds of on-demand workouts in popular categories like Fitness + Running, Cycling, HIIT, Rowing, Yoga and many more.
Apple Fitness + displays data directly from your Apple Watch on the screen during your workout, featuring deep integration with the Apple Watch. Also, if you recently got a new Apple Watch, you probably have access to the service for 3 months.
You can search Apple Fitness + in the fitness app on your iPhone or Apple TV. It’s also available on the iPad and you can download it from the iPadOS App Store to get started.
Apple Watch Accessories
Finally, you’re looking for a complement to your new Apple Watch with accessories like charging docks and watch bands. Here are some of our favorites.
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