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Mute a specific conversation on an Apple Watch of a Family member without their own iPhone

I want to mute a specific conversation on an Apple Watch of a Family member who does not have their own iPhone. (My AppleID and iPhone was used to set up their watch with their associated AppleId). ...
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Now Playing app stopped working on Apple Watch after upgrading iPhone to iOS 17.4

Since I updated my Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max to iOS 17.4, I can no longer control the audio playback from my Apple Watch Series 2 with the Now Playing app Apple Watch Series 2 Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max ...
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Is there a way to display the same amount of information on the watch face of the Apple Watch but using less complications?

This is all of the information I like being able to access on my watch several times a day without having to go into the list of apps. French time, shortcut to record an activity, numeric US PT time, ...
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How to keep assistive touch always active on an Apple Watch?

I'm using my Apple Watch to navigate my slides with hand gestures. I've set the return-to-clock feature to 1 hour and also disabled the sleep on wrist-down feature. However, the AssistiveTouch lasts ...
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Get Current Timer shortcut now working as intended on WatchOS

I am trying to create a Shortcut that sets a timer based on an input and then retrieve the duration of the timer using the Get Current Timer action (see image below). However, it appears that the Get ...
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How to turn on Apple Watch notifications for SMS messages?

I get notifications on my watch from iMessage(blue) but not sms (green). This happens on watch 4 & 9 and at different watchOS revision. Is this a bug (or feature) or configuration issue or perhaps ...
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Exactly what information does a merchant get via Apple Pay when paying in person at a point-of-sale device?

Apple's Apple Pay security and privacy overview states (emphasis added): When you use Apple Pay in stores When you use Apple Pay in stores that accept contactless payments, Apple Pay uses Near Field ...
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Unable to update watchOS. Always paused

I can't pair an old Apple Watch Series 4. It always stuck at Software Update page and the download is always paused with message "You can resume the download when you are connected to a Wi-Fi ...
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How to Count in an iOS/macOS/watchOS Shortcut?

It feels fairly ridiculous to me that you can't do a simple increment of a counter inside a shortcut that works with all three major shortcut platforms: iOS/macOS/watchOS. There is a repeat_count ...
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How do I keep All Trails on top of an Apple Watch?

I use the All Trails App on my watch in order to provide quickly accessible navigation information when I am cycling. The last time I did so, I also started a cycling workout task via the built-in ...
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Can I stop Apple Watch Now Playing App from defaulting to the watch as the source?

Sometime recently the Apple Watch's Now Playing app has switched to showing the watch as the default source. I rarely to never play anything from my watch and just want to use Now Playing to control ...
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Does the Apple Watch Series 8 track sleep without setting a schedule?

I don't have a natural sleep schedule so it makes no sense for me to set one, it changes day by day and sometimes I don't even sleep. Does the Apple Watch Series 8 track sleep without setting a ...
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How can I fix an Apple Watch that shows a red or green charging cable image with a bolt icon?

I haven't charged my Apple Watch for the past couple of days and the watch refuses to boot while showing a charging cable icon along with a red/green lightning bolt. Is there a reset / fix procedure ...
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Higher Resting Heart Rate after WatchOS update on 23-24 Jan 2023

I have been using Apple Watch SE (1st gen) since September 2022. Recently, I look at my Resting heart rate (RHR), and it shows me that my RHR has been increasing. The spike was on 23-24 Jan 2023, ...
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How could I make iPhone 7 run iOS 16 in order to connect with an Apple Watch with watchOS 9?

I would do anything if I could make my iPhone 7 (now on iOS 15.7) run iOS 16 in order to connect with an Apple Watch with watchOS 9. Would jailbreaking be a solution?
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Apple Watch doesn’t show Race Route

I have an Apple Watch Series 8 with iOS 9.2 and I haven’t been able to get the Race Route feature to work. I’ve run the same route several times using the Workout app. When I open the Activities app ...
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Apple Watch locks apps because of "App free time"

Until 7 am most apps on my Apple Watch can't be used (shown as disabled icons) with the message that it's a app-free time. I've checked all settings. In the Screen Time screen no limits are set ...
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Change Apple Watch Water Lock

After the previous update on my Watch, the water lock feature now requires me to long press the crown. I find the earlier method of opening the water lock (by rotating the crown) more convenient. Is ...
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How do Apple Watch and iPhone communicate with one another in airplane mode?

My iPhone and WiFi-only Apple watch are sync'd in such a manner than when putting the watch in airplane mode, the phone also enters airplane mode. My understanding is that airplane mode disables all ...
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Can I view the watchOS install history to see what version of watchOS I had before the current one?

I just recently updated my Apple Watch to watchOS version 8.7. Long back story, but I'd like to know which version of watchOS I was running before that. Is there any way to find that information on ...
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Using bluetooth on an old Watch App

I have an old watch app called Zepp Tennis. Part of its feature is allowing access to a sensor on the end of a tennis racket which then displays the tennis racket’s speed right on the watch. It ...
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How to enable flashlight from an apple watch complication

Using an Apple Watch SE series 44-mm (Model: A2352), is it possible to set the flashlight function as a complication? Maybe using built in functions, Shortcuts or Watchsmith? I'm using the Infograph ...
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Watch refuses to update minor watchOS version on compatible major iOS version

Having updated an iPhone from iOS 14.3 to iOS 14.8, the paired Apple Watch should be able to update from watchOS 7.3.3 to a newer version of watchOS 7. According to https://www.theiphonewiki.com/wiki/...
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Apple Watch Series 3 refusing to charge only at night

I unplugged my watch (watchOS 8, Series 3, 38mm, Bought in 2020) yesterday and put it on. It was on nightstand mode with the clock & green lightning bolt indicating it was charging (the screen was ...
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How does Apple Watch calculate a new Smart Move Goal?

I've noticed that on the Monday after I get a Perfect Week (Move) award, my Apple Watch (SE; watchOS 7) prompts me with a new Smart Move Goal. However, this week I was perplexed to see that my ...
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Apple Watch series 6 battery draining

hello to apple community. I just bought a new series 6 Apple Watch but I think the battery drains so fast! for example when it is in sleep in about 2 hours it uses 4% battery I just wanted to know if ...
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Apple Watch Series 3 "Cannot Install Update" due to available storage

I'm attempting to update an Apple Watch Series 3 to watchOS 7.4 via Software Update. When I Download and Install the update, I get the error message: Cannot Install Update To install the watchOS ...
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How to view an image full screen on an Apple Watch with no UI showing

I need to be able to display an image (or video) full screen on an Apple Watch, without displaying any UI. Opening an image in Photos shows a small watch icon in the bottom left corner. Opening it ...
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Ways to find out uptime of Apple Watch?

Having to enter a PIN code could possibly mean that wristband wasn't tight enough. Or Apple Watch booted. That question could be easy to answer had Apple provided uptime information directly. Alas, ...
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Disable magic switch to Apple watch

I have had a mt Apple watches for 4 years now (first a series 2 now a series 4) and I always have the following issue: When I active Siri on the watch with my AirPods connected to iPhone (and ...
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Apple Watch won't update to watchOS 7 (update couldn't be verified, your device is not connected to the internet)

iPhone 7 w/ iOS 14.1, Apple Watch Series 5 I've been trying for some weeks now to update my Apple Watch to watchOS 7. Every time I try to install, whether I initiate the installation from the Settings ...
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Apple Watch 6 blood oxygen measurement said I had hypoxia when I in reality was fine. How to know if reading is taken in optimal conditions?

TL;DR: How can I know if the SpO2 reading is in fact taken in optimal conditions ?
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What is this icon with a square and a waveform in Apple Watch Control Center?

I noticed this icon in Control Center on my Apple Watch recently and didn’t recognize it. It’s not listed on Apple’s support pages about Control Center (a b). UPDATE: This page now includes this icon. ...
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Is there any way to use sleep mode on WatchOS 7 without do not disturb activating on my iPhone?

I want to use my Apple Watch for sleep tracking, and want to use sleep mode so the watch display is completely off while I sleep. However, I need my iPhone to NOT turn on Do Not Disturb (I need to be ...
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Unable to update to watchOS 7

I’m having a lot of trouble (and have spent the better part of a day) trying to upgrade to watchOS 7 (on a Series 5, with iOS 14 installed on the paired iPhone). It takes probably an hour or so to “...
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My iPad's MAC address seems to have changed with the iPadOS 14 update. Is this normal?

I was looking at my Ubiquiti UniFi controller webpage and noticed that my iPad Pro 10.5 was seen as a new device. I went to the Insights tab and saw that it has two entries, with two different MAC ...
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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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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 can I make it as easy as possible for someone to make an emergency call?

My mother-in-law lives with us and is in poor health. She is wheelchair bound and has COPD, needing assistance with an oxygen compressor and oxygen tanks. In recent weeks, there have been a few ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Timer stuck in alert state

For the past few weeks, I have been unable to use the Timer app on my Apple Watch Series 3. When I open it, it shows the buttons "cancel|resume" with the last-run time. If I force-quit and reopen, it'...
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Send data to apple watch

I have apple watch series 4 and an iPhone. I want to send data like links,images,text to my watch. Usually I emailed these data to myself and open it on my watch . Is there any efficient way to do ...
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Wallet and Pay and Reminders disappeared after re-pairing Apple Watch with watchOS 6.1

I have Apple Watch 2 Series and iPhone 6S. Recently I've got an update to IOS 13 on iPhone and watchOS 6.1 on Apple Watch. After upgrade Reminders stopped syncing. I tried to resolve the problem by ...
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Is it possible to make Apple Watch Series 5 measure heart rate (pulse), passively, all the time?

I bought an Apple Watch Series 5, because I wanted to measure my heart rate, passively, all the time (24/7). However, I cannot find a way to enable the heart rate monitor, so that it's "on" by ...
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Are there any Third-Party Apple Watch apps that render HTML emails and provide push notifications?

Since Gmail as a service does not support push on iOS Mail, I do not get notifications for emails as they come in unless I use a third-party email app. I have used Outlook for iOS for a long time now, ...
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