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

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Does the Apple Watch Studio offer any band types that can't be purchased from the Apple Store directly?

Last September, Apple introduced both an online and in-store experience called the Apple Watch Studio that allows a customer to pick and choose both a Watch case and band type (https://www.macrumors....
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Does the Health app store weight information entered within the Watch app on my iPhone, or is this stored separately?

Assume the following: When initially setting up my Apple Watch, I set up my health profile and when asked for my weight, I enter 90kg Several months later, I then go into the Watch app on my iPhone ...
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Customizing Wallpaper for Apple Watch Infograph Watch Face?

I wanted to create a watch face that has a customizable wallpaper, and 8 complications like the Infograph watch face. According to this page, the only customizable feature of Infograph watch face is ...
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Is texting required for Apple Watch fall detection?

The Apple Watch Series 4 and above fall detection function transmits your location after a fall. Is this information sent as a text? If I have a talk-only phone plan without texting, for example, ...
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Is it possible to enable Dictation on an Apple Watch whilst leaving it disable on its paired iPhone?

When looking within the Watch app on an iPhone, it appears that there's a "Dictation" setting that allows for Dictation to be enabled on the paired Apple Watch. Using this setting, is it ...
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Apple Watch deletes all songs from its internal store after iOS sync

I have an iTunes playlist with 150 songs set to sync with Apple Watch. I sleep, let the Watch on its charger, then by morning I have all 150 songs on it working fine. I can confirm this by going into ...
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How can I enable unlocking my Mac Mini while sharing the screen?

For reasons I can only guess are somehow related to security, it is not possible to unlock macOS with an Apple Watch if you're viewing the screen over the network rather than over a dedicated monitor ...
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Apple Watch can't send/receive SMS while using cellular plan

I've been using Apple Watch Series 3 for a while. I just upgraded to a Series 5 and while I love it for the most part, I have noticed that if the watch is on cellular and my phone is not nearby the ...
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What are the major differences between Apple Watch versions? [closed]

With all the different versions of the Apple Watch, what are the major differences between them? Apple no longer lists tech differences between hardware they don't sell, so it's difficult to find the ...
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Siri shortcut fails to launch saying “The calendar is read only.”

I've created a simple shortcut on my iPhone app that saves current date/time to reminders. It requires access to Location and Reminders. It works fine when I launch it on the iPhone (saying "...
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Apple Watch locked when restarting after long powered-down state

I've kept my Series 5 Apple Watch switched off for a long time and restarted it today. It shows "Device Locked. Unlock iPhone to start using Apple Watch" message when I wear it. On my iPhone ...
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Stand Minutes data empty on Activity App on iOS

I recently noticed that under the TRENDS Tab in Activity App on my iPhone that the “Stand Minutes” Trend isn’t being calculated. I am getting “Stand Trend”, which has been calculated ever since I ...
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Pair an Apple watch with an iPhone for display in an Apple store?

I have an Apple Watch upgraded to WatchOS6 and I have only an old iPhone with iOS12 so this Apple Watch is blank and can't be associated to this iPhone (I'm using those devices for test - I'm not ...
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Would an Apple Watch charge any quicker if connected to a 12W USB power adapter?

I understand that all Apple Watch models ship with a 5W USB power adapter in the box, but I'm curious as to whether the Watch would charge quicker if paired with a 12W power adapter. Is there any ...
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Why does the Watch app on my iPhone state that my apps will need to be updated during setup when I already have the latest versions installed?

When pairing an Apple Watch to my iPhone, I've noticed that even though the App Store lists all of my apps being up-to-date, the Watch app on my iPhone states that several of my iOS apps will be ...
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How to repeat a dismissed notification in Apple Watch?

I've read and accidentally dismissed a notification in Apple Watch. But I want to see it again. How can I do it?
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Usefulness of the Apple Watch Series 5 to a Cyclist: does it have electric sensors instead of, or in addition to, optical heart-rate sensors?

Update: Motivation for the question The motivation for the present question is to determine whether it is possible for a cyclist 1- to measure the heart rate without touching the crown, which would ...
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Unlocking new Mac not working with Apple Watch

I've grown accustomed to the convenience of being able to unlock my MacBook Pro with my Apple Watch, but I just got a new Mac Mini, and no matter what I do, it is not unlocking it for me. I have ...
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Is it possible to disable macOS requesting permissions via Apple Watch, but still use it to unlock Mac?

I've found that it's quite slow to go from typing my user password to unlock/allow something in macOS by double clicking the side button on my Apple Watch. So is it possible to keep the unlock my ...
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Does the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch only display an icon on the Watch face if at least one contact has been added?

My understanding is that if at least one contact has been added from within the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and you have the feature enabled, upon waking the Watch an icon is briefly ...
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Calendar days diappearing from Apple Watch

My Apple watch regular loses the ability to show me calendar appointments for a day, roughly once a week. I've tried Watch->General->Reset->Reset Sync Data multiple times to no avail. Whenever this ...
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From a technical point-of-view, how is the Apple Watch able to unlock doors?

When the original Apple Watch was released back in April 2015, one of the features that appeared to get lots of attention at the time was the ability for the Watch to unlock doors (https://9to5mac.com/...
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Can I answer an incoming phone call on my Apple Watch using Siri command?

Is it possible to add a Siri command like "Answer the phone" when I have an incoming phone call on my Apple Watch? The use case is to be able to do that while doing any surfing-like activities with ...
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Apple Watch locking during runs

I have been doing runs with my Apple Watch (Series 4) during lockdown. Before lockdown, my watch would always do what it should do while a workout was in progress but even though it is only supposed ...
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When enabling Water Lock on the Apple Watch, do the hardware buttons also stop responding to input?

When using an Apple Watch Series 2 or later, there's an option that can be activated from within the Control Center that locks all screen input; this is useful when swimming whilst wearing the Watch, ...
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Having text message notifications on my iphone (and apple watch), despite receiving notifications on macbook

I have enabled receiving text messages from my iphone in Messages.app on my macbook. The problem I have, is that when my macbook is unlocked, any text messages I receive are displayed in macOS ...
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Apple Watch will not activate: Pair→Update→Pair→Update→etc

iPhone 7+ updated to 13.4.1 this morning. Refurb Apple Watch 3 delivered this afternoon. Pairing always says "must update to latest Watch OS to finish pairing. Tap update, says "may take a few ...
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How does Watch determine distance walked if Location Services are off?

Apple Watch 3 (newly purchased) and iPhone XR I rarely enable Location Services on my phone. When I go for an ‘Outdoor Walk’ the ‘Activity’ app tells me my step count and the distance covered. If ...
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Does the watchOS version of the Voice Memos app enforce a time limit for audio recordings?

As of watchOS 6, the Voice Memos app is now included allowing for on-the-wrist recording of audio content. Is there a hard-limit on the total duration of recordings made directly on the Apple Watch?
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Unlocking Mac Mini with Apple Watch

I've got Mac mini (2018) and a Macbook Pro 16". On Macbook Pro, unlocking with Apple Watch works every time. On Mac mini it just doesn't work. There's a spinner animation for a second or two and then ...
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Are there any watchOS-based apps that allow playback of audio content from a URL via the Apple Watch's built-in speaker?

I'm a big fan of listening to live radio, and would love to be able to do this without the use of a phone or another larger device. Are there currently any apps that allow the playback of audio ...
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What does the Auto Hotspot setting do on the Apple Watch?

When taking a look at the Apple Support article that explains how to manually connect an Apple Watch to Wi-Fi (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209071), the page makes a mention to a setting entitled ...
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For Apple Watch + Cellular models, how do they manage active calls when going out of Bluetooth range from their paired iPhone?

The following example assumes that we have an Apple Watch Cellular model that is connected over Bluetooth to its paired iPhone: An incoming call is received by both the Apple Watch and its paired ...
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If a watchOS-based app is updated directly from an Apple Watch, will the app also be updated on the paired iPhone?

As of watchOS 6, it's now possible to purchase and install apps directly from the App Store on an Apple Watch. When taking a look at the article posted to Apple Support that explains how to manage ...
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Apple Watch Update Error

My Apple Watch Series 2 refuses to update to WatchOS 6.2. The error message on my phone (in Dutch) says "Unable to install update", "An error occurred installing the newest WatchOS version on your ...
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Find iPhone using Apple Watch

I’m imagining a scenario in which I lose my iPhone. There's nobody about so I cannot go to Find My on iCloud. But I still have my Apple Watch on my wrist. Can my Apple Watch do one or both of these: ...
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Is there a way to force podcasts to Apple Watch?

I get podcasts on my Catalina Mac and then take a walk playing a podcast on my Apple Watch. Then it stops. Apparently it only partially loaded. Eventually the rest of it loads. I'm not sure ...
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Which Apple Watch Faces Support Modular Large Complications

I've been searching everywhere for this and I can't find it anywhere. I'm learning how to develop WatchOS apps. In the tutorial I'm working with they're working on building a Modular Large ...
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Question: Will an Apple Watch 4 work/pair with an iPhone 6 that has IOS 12.4. but IS NOT an activated phone?

I can't seem to find any reference to this scenario. I have the iPhone wiped, updated, and set-up with a new apple ID. But I would prefer not to activate it as that would require a dedicated plan. I ...
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Can the number given to the Cellular version of the Apple Watch be reached over the PSTN?

From previous experience, my understanding is that if a Cellular Apple Watch is purchased and then a plan added to the Watch from a supporting carrier, the watch is given its own mobile number. Can ...
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watchOS battery drains quickly

I have a GPS-only Series 4 Apple Watch (44mm) running watchOS 6.1.2 (17S796). I bought the Watch new in November 2018. Prior to updating to updating to 6.1.2 (Jan 28, 2020), I had no problems with ...
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Lap time data uploaded from my Apple Watch doesn't match the lap times listed on my iPhone

I uploaded my health data from my Apple Watch to keep track of my lap times. But the lap times recorded in the XML file that I uploaded are consistently shorter than the ones listed on my watch. ...
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Apple Watch notifications get lost forever while it is charging

My main use for my Apple Watch 4 Cellular is receiving push notification without having to carry the iPhone with me (I use another phone). Since the notifications of third party apps are dispatched ...
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Apple watch stopped unlocking due to Chrome Remote Desktop's screen sharing

I think I found the culprit - Chrome Remote Desktop - but is there a way to fix it? Even though it's not actively running (i.e. a remote connection), I get this on the lock screen: With the little ...
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Apple Watch development Freeze on Running Xcode

I face a problem with Xcode and Apple Watch development. I create a simple app in Xcode, and everything works flawlessly in the simulator. When I try to build the app on my Apple Watch to check the ...
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Closing your Apple Activity rings when watch is being repaired (and unpaired from iPhone)

Is there any way to be able to have Activity data tracked on the Activity app when you have had to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone so it can be repaired? Using a third-party app to create a ...
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I accidentally hid the native Timer app on my Apple Watch, now I can’t find it an it’s trying to get me to download a busted third party app

Just got an Apple Watch for Christmas and when I first got it I decided to clean up the app display to minimize clutter. One of the apps I moronically hid was the native Timer app. Now that I realized ...
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Apple Watch not syncing activities

I have an Apple Watch "series 0" running watchOS 4.3.2 and an iPhone 11 running iOS 13.3. Ever since iOS 13, activity sync seems to have become less reliable, sometimes taking hours or even a day and ...
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How to remove time from the watch face?

I have zero interest in knowing what time it is. How can I remove the current time from the main screen on my Apple Watch?
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How to post Apple Watch activity of a group to slack?

Lots of people in my office are using Apple Watch. I think it would be nice if when someone finished a workout or completing activity ring, the info is posted on slack. Is there anything I could use ...

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