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The Apple Watch is a watch-like accessory for the iPhone 5 and beyond

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Can I set the "Exercise" goal for my Apple Watch Activity app?

The Apple Watch Activity allows for setting an overall "Move" goal, but I don't see how to change the green "Exercise" goal from the default 30 minutes. Is there a way to ...
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How to undo pressing Don't Trust on Apple Watch

I want to test out my watch app on Xcode. So I plugged my iPhone paired with an Apple Watch Series 2 into my computer. The iPhone displayed a dialog saying whether to trust this computer or not, I ...
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How does Apple Watch Activity app deal with timezone changes?

I have noticed very strange behavior of the rings and Activity.app when traveling. Thus the question: How does the app deal with time zone changes, and how should it deal with time zone changes? ...
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Is there an App for determining the current capacity of an Apple watch battery?

I see from Mactracker that a new battery has a capacity of 205 mAh (38mm Apple Watch Series 1). For the MBP and iPhones I have used coconutBattery to show the decay in battery capacity over the ...
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How do I turn off News notifications on my Apple Watch?

Recently I started seeing News notifications on my Apple Watch: I've confirmed that News is turned off in the Watch app on my iPhone under Notifications: But I keep getting the notifications. I've ...
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macOS Sierra Apple Watch Unlock - persistant iCloud Sign in required dialog

I have a MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015) that I just reinstalled macOS Sierra 10.12.3 and now I am trying to use my Watch to unlock. I had this working before in the past before the ...
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What's the difference between Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport? [closed]

Following the pricing announcements on Apple Watch, it seems that the "Watch" edition is priced 200$ above "Watch Sport" ($349 vs $549 for the 38mm model). I can read the spec sheet but apart from ...
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How does the Apple Watch get the temperature?

The Apple Watch shows the temperature on the clock face. When my Apple Watch is disconnected from my iPhone, the temperature display becomes disabled, but the time is still displayed. That leads me ...
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How do you get the Apple Watch out of Power Reserve mode?

I got it into power reserve but can't figure how to resume normal mode. I have tried tapping and pressing the screen and holding both side buttons.
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Use Apple Watch LTE data for hotspot

I'm paying $10/month for LTE data for my Apple Watch series 4 on Verizon. That gives me 15GB of hotspot data on it and unlimited data for use from the watch. However, my usage always shows 0 bytes. I'...
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Is Apple Pay on Apple Watch safe if iPhone Jailbroken?

When/if a Jailbreak becomes available for iOS 10.2, I am interested in installing it. Since I use Apple Pay (on my watch only), I would like to know that my payment details are safe. Since you can ...
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Can you use the Apple Watch with an iPod touch?

I may or may not be be getting the new Apple Watch. Before I think about it I want to know if I can use it with an iPod Touch 5th generation instead of an iPhone. Is the apple Watch locked to the ...
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Apple Watch won't send iMessages

When I go to send a text message on my Apple Watch, whether it be through Siri or the messages app, it always tries to send a text message (green) rather than a iMessage (blue). I have tried turning ...
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How is the Apple Watch ECG disabled in certain countries?

In Japan there will not be ECG for potentially many years until it makes it through mountains of bureaucracy. I haven't tried a different Apple ID to enable the ECG, but I heard others have tried ...
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How is the Apple Watch connected to the Internet?

The Apple Watch uses the Internet for a lot of things : Siri answers, sending messages... But how is the Apple Watch connected to the Internet ? I have searched a bit, to no avail. This information ...
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Is it possible to use an Apple Watch to authorise sudo in Catalina?

MacOS Catalina let us do some higher privilege actions on our Mac by authorising through a press on our Apple Watch button. Would it be possible to use that feature to authorise a sudo command in the ...
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Where does the Apple Workout app "save" completed workouts?

The Apple Watch Workout app offers an option to "Save" a workout when it has been completed. Where are such saved workouts saved?
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Disable Apple Watch Screen Capture

How can I disable or modify the screen capture feature of the Apple Watch? Although it may one day be a useful feature for me to take a screen capture of my watch, the hardware realities of the Apple ...
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What are "Active Calories"?

The Apple Watch Activity app purports to measure what it calls "Active Calories" which it counts towards its "Move" goal. But Apple's definition of such calories is clearly its own, not counting (at ...
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Why doesn't the Apple Watch activity app count the activity recorded on the iPhone?

When walking around with the iPhone and not the Apple Watch the iPhone records steps. However when looking at the Apple Watch activity app the previously recorded steps are not shown there. Why is ...
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Prevent the Siri Watch Face from displaying Photo Memories

The Siri Watch Face, introduced with watchOS 4, automatically suggests content, including "Photo Memories" from the iOS Photos app. I'm not keen on having year-old photos on my wrist, I much prefer ...
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How to enable stand notifications on Apple Watch even in Do Not Disturb mode?

When working or relaxing I like to keep my watch on Do Not Disturb, but I'd like to still get buzzed when it's time to stand. Is there a way to selectively enable a notification through DND?
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Pair Apple Watch again without erasing

I have accidentally unpaired my Apple Watch on my iPhone. I need to pair my watch with the same iPhone again. (But I think the same problem can probably be faced if one gets a new iPhone with an ...
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How does Apple Watch backup work?

Does the Apple Watch use the same mechanics of the iPhone in terms of backup data in the cloud? For example, if for any reason, such as password forgot or whatever you need to reset to factory ...
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What determines when my Apple Watch uses a haptic tap for a notification?

Some notifications on my Apple Watch (e.g. Viber) use a haptic tap when they appear on my Apple Watch. Others (e.g. Facebook) do not. What determines whether a haptic tap is used or not? Is this ...
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How to play music on iPhone via Apple Watch on watchOS 4?

In watchOS 3 the 'Now Playing' complication played music on your phone when you pressed play, unless you changed audio source to the watch. In watchOS 4 this defaults to the watch, and so far as I ...
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How does the Apple Watch <-> macOS Sierra unlock feature work in detail?

Does anyone know how the Apple Watch unlock feature work in macOS Sierra? I figured out, that I have to be very near my Mac, that the feature works. Does it use Bluetooth (BLE) or WIFI? It would be ...
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How can I remove or hide the stocks app from Apple Watch?

I'd like to hide the icon of the stocks app so it doesn't appear in the collection of circles. Apple's documentation says you can't do this, but I hope someone finds a back door or way to minimize it ...
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How can I copy paste on Apple Watch?

I need to know if I can select some text and copy it, and then paste it on an Apple Watch.
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What prompts breathe reminders on an Apple Watch?

WatchOS 3 included a breathe app that gives occasional reminders to "take a minute to breathe". What prompts these reminders? Does it monitor your heart rate to know when you're stressed, or does it ...
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How did my Apple Watch answer a phone call after my iPhone's battery died?

I have an original 1st generation Apple Watch Sport paired to an iPhone 6. While at home, I had a scenario where my iPhone's battery died while I was typing out a text message. Without thinking, I ...
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Is it safe to stick an Apple Watch charger to a piece of metal when not in use?

Maybe this is a general question for magnetic / wireless charging. I'd like to let my apple watch charger stick to a metal lamp on my nightstand when not in use. Is this safe or will the charger be ...
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Connect AirPods to Apple Watch

My Apple Watch series 1 can play music stored offline without being in wireless proximity to my Apple iPhone 6. My Apple watch connects over Bluetooth and Wifi, and my AirPods connect over Bluetooth. ...
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Use Apple Watch as a handheld Keynote remote?

I have to give a 5-minute Keynote presentation from my MacBook Pro in a few days, and while I'd love to not carry my phone around as a remote, I'm also not a fan of the idea of tapping my wrist every ...
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See other months on Apple Watch Calendar?

How can I see months other than the present one on an Apple Watch in the built-in Calendar app?
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Does the Apple Watch really identify "you"?

In several places in the iOS Apple Watch settings app, important functionality depends on "you" wearing the watch. Critically under the settings for unlocking the watch without requiring a passcode (...
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How to update my weight in the Activity app

I want to change the weight that I originally used to set up the Activity app, but I cannot see a way of editing the setup.
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How can I temporarily turn off the Apple watch display?

The display on the Apple Watch tends to turn on and off too often. This is distracting especially in darker environments. This rapid turn on -then- turn off of the display that occurs when "...
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Apple watch still paired to an iPhone I no longer have

I used to have an iPhone from work and my Apple watch was paired to it. Now that I've bought a new iPhone and given back my old iPhone I am unable to pair my apple watch to the new phone. My Apple ...
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Apple Watch - Getting weight lifting to count towards "move ring"?

Is there any way to get exercise like weight lifting to count towards the "move ring" of the activity app. I realize it will count a small amount just from moving the wrist around, but some days I ...
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How do I transfer data and settings from one Apple Watch to another?

I have an Apple Watch. I have had it for a while. I just bought a new Apple Watch. (Both are Series 1, just different sizes.) I would like to transfer all my data and settings from my old Apple Watch ...
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Apple Watch no longer displays heart rate after watchOS update

Yesterday I updated my Apple Watch to watchOS 5.2.1 and ever since my Heart Rate complication has stopped displaying my heart rate on the watch face. I can still tap it and measure my heart rate, but ...
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What is the Apple Watch to iphone pairing animation called?

I need to build something similar for my own app and am heavily inspired by this animation. I despise QR codes and would love something like this and am comfortable designing it from scratch. Just ...
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What stops step data from the accelerometers on the phone and watch from doubling up?

We see that the Apple Watch sends step data from its accelerometers to the iPhone 6 (and above) which also has accelerometers. When you walk holding both an (recent) Apple phone and Apple Watch - ...
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Is there an easy way to make Apple Watch chime or tap hourly or more?

One of my planned uses of the Apple Watch was to use the Haptic technology to make a discreet tap on the hour and 20 minute marks, to gauge appointment times. But I was dumbfounded to see that Apple ...
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How do I listen to podcasts on my Apple Watch?

I have a few podcasts which I want to listen to on my Apple Watch. I know that it’s possible to transfer music from an iPhone to an Apple Watch, but there doesn’t seem to be a similar option for ...
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Does the Apple Watch need an iPhone to be on the latest iOS to pair?

My S0 sport won't pair with my iPhone 6s on a 11.1.x version of iOS. I can't actually update my iPhone at the moment but this is the only suggestion the engineers have given. The Apple Watch page ...
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How to not show birthdays from Contacts on Apple Watch?

This becomes a more relevant problem with the new Siri watch face. I ended up deleting most birthdays in Contacts to stop birthdays from clustering my Apple Watch screen daily. I tried the below but ...
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Deactivate 'Nike+' exclusive features form AppleWatch 2 - Nike+ edition

For whatever reason* you decide that you want your Apple Watch Nike Plus to function just like a standard Apple Watch: no more running notifications, no ugly watch faces, etc. which are exclusive to ...
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How to stop AirPods Pro from switching to Apple Watch?

It annoys me that whenever I am listening to music on my iPhone and I want to activate Siri on my Apple Watch (to set a timer or reminder, for example), it takes several seconds for the watch to ...
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