If you just unpacked your new Apple Watch this morning, there are a number of tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your new carrying device. Read a few instructions on our favorite Apple Watch features for health, activities, customization and more.
Apple Watch activity ringing
For many people, the Apple Watch is primarily a wearable equipment that focuses on fitness. The key to this is a trio of rings, each represented by a different color: red for movement, green for exercise, and blue for the pedestal.
By default, the green exercise ring closes when you report 30 minutes of intense activity, the blue stand or rolling ring closes when you move for at least 1 minute from 12 different hours, and the red exercise ring closes when you meet a personal goal for active calories burned in one day.
However, this year, for the first time, Apple added the ability to customize your exercises and achieve your goals. You may be recovering from an injury and 12 hours of standing paired with 30 minutes of exercise is too much for your body. People are also urging Apple to integrate holiday days into the Apple Watch’s bell system, and the feature at least gives users more control over their goals.
Here’s how to change Apple Watch’s movement, practice and goal setting with watchOS 7:
- On the Apple Watch, open the Activity app
- Scroll to the bottom and look for the “Change goals” button
- Use the + or – keys to adjust your goals or use the digital crown
- Touch “OK” to confirm the changes.
The exercise ring can be lowered or raised at intervals of five, to a minimum of 10 minutes or a maximum of 60 minutes. The target of the stand can be changed at intervals of one hour, up to a minimum of 6 hours. You cannot increase the stop target beyond the default 12-hour mark.
Adjust the dial of your watch
The centerpiece of your Apple Watch is the faceplate. You can add pieces of information known as complications to the clock dial, including things like time, activity data, heart rate data, and more. The easiest way to make an Apple Watch feature is by using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
On the “Face Gallery” tab in the app, you can find the entire library of face faces, and while you’re creating them, you can add faces to your personal collection. Once you create multiple dials, you can swipe between them from the Apple Watch, making it easy to customize on the go for different scenarios.
Apple Watch App Store
Apps built specifically for the Apple Watch can be found in the watchOS App Store. Simply press the digital rosary on the Apple Watch and look for the App Store icon. Here you will be able to easily find and install dedicated Apple Watch apps without using an iPhone at all.
One of the ways I like to stay motivated with my Apple Watch is by sharing activity data with friends and family. When you do, you can see when your friends finish training, how much progress they have made in achieving their goals, and when they are earning new rewards.
Follow these steps to share information about Apple Watch activities with others:
- Open the Fitness app on your iPhone
- Tap the share icon in the lower right corner
- Touch the “+” button in the upper corner
- Start typing the name, then tap the name you want to add. If the other person has an Apple Watch, the name will turn red
- Tap the Submit 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 functions
The Apple Watch is useful not only for intentionally tracking progress in fitness, but also for passive tracking in the background.
One such feature is called Fall Detection and uses a gyroscope and accelerometer to detect if you have fallen, and more importantly, if you have fallen and cannot return. By default, crash detection is disabled for users under 65, but you can manually enable it in these steps:
- Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone
- Touch SOS for emergencies
- Look for a drop detection switch
- Apple warns that more physically active users can start crash detection even when you haven’t fallen. This is due to high impact activity and can occur as a fall.
- Touch Confirm
In the Apple Watch app on iPhone, you can also enable a range of features that will allow the Apple Watch to help you take care of your heart. Simply open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and look for the Heart category. You can enable the following features in this section:
- Install an ECG app to take electrocardiograms from your Apple Watch (Series 4 and later)
- Set Cardio Fitness levels and notifications that are a strong indicator of your overall health
- Irregular rhythm notifications to receive notifications when Apple Watch identifies multiple heart rhythms that may be atrial fibrillation
- High heart rate notifications to receive notifications when the Apple Watch detects a heart rate that rises to a certain level while you look inactive
- Low heart rate notifications to receive notifications when the Apple Watch detects a heart rate that falls below 50 BPM for 10 minutes
Oxygen in the blood
If you use the Apple Watch Series 6, you also have support for measuring blood oxygen readings with your device. Apple Watch can also take measurements in the background so you have data that you can think about regularly. Simply open the Watch app on your iPhone, search for the Blood Oxygen category and enable the settings as desired.
Rule your notifications
The Apple Watch is incredibly easy to keep up to date with your notifications. Each time the app sends a push notification, you will touch the wrist and hear a sound. However, for many people this can actually be overwhelming and unnecessary.
To manage notifications on the Apple Watch, open the Apple Watch app on iPhone and select the Notifications category. Here you can see a list of applications and manage notifications as needed. My recommendation is to limit the notifications as much as possible on your Apple Watch, otherwise you might be overjoyed.
See Apple Fitness +
One of the latest features of the Apple Watch is deep integration with the new Fitness + APple subscription service. Apple Fitness + offers access to a library of hundreds of on-demand workouts in popular categories such as running, cycling, HIIT, rowing, yoga and more.
Apple Fitness + has deep integration with the Apple Watch, displaying live data from your Apple Watch on the screen during your workout. Plus, if you recently got a new Apple Watch, you’ll probably have 3 months of free access to the service.
You can find 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 might want to complement your new Apple Watch with accessories like docks and watch straps. Here are a few of our favorites.
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