Questions tagged [watchos]

watchOS is the operating system designed specifically for Apple Watch, Apple's first foray into wearable computing devices. This tag should be used for questions relating to the software used on Watch.

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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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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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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 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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Can I prevent music through an AirPod from pausing when a single pod is removed?

Right now, when I remove one AirPod from an ear, the currently playing track pauses in the other ear. Instead, I want to continue playing the track. My control over this using bluetooth settings is ...
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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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How can I get OS X El Capitan and watchOS and iOS 9 without being a developer?

I'm looking to get a hold of Apple's WWDC announced OSs in 2015 before they are released to everyone in the fall of 2015. Can I get any or all without being a paid developer?
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Which are the ways to access “Now Playing” in WatchOS 3?

I make use of the Now Playing view on Apple Watch to switch between songs playing on my iPhone's Soundcloud app. However, I haven't yet found a satisfying (fast) way to access this view. In WatchOS ...
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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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How to get Apple Watch 2 to calculate VO2 Max data?

I have an Apple Watch Series 2 running WatchOS 4.0, and an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.0.1. One of the new features of the new OS on the Apple Watch is the ability to calculate a VO2 Max for any run ...
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Does updating iOS force you to update watchOS?

First there was watchOS 1 which shipped with iOS 8.x. Then there was watchOS 2 which shipped with iOS 9. Now there is watchOS 3 which ships with iOS 10. The question: if you start with watchOS 1 &...
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Can I use the same cell number as my Android phone with an Apple Watch Series 3?

Title says it all. I know I won’t get the most out of an Apple Watch Series 3 using it with my Android phone, but I wonder if I can at least use the same number with an LTE Apple Watch Series 3? I am ...
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Apple Watch Apps Don't Load

I received my 38mm Apple Watch Sport only a little under a month ago. So far, I love it. It works great... usually. Plenty of people online have complained about slow load times when opening apps, ...
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Apple Watch shows only new message from whats app user but not the message itself

I have an Apple watch (2016, V1) and a friend have an Apple watch (2016, v1). On my watch it shows the message directly on the watch. As you can see here: "Person sent you a message: Hey" (Answer ...
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How do I turn off Activation Lock on Apple Watch?

With watchOS 2 it looks like Activation Lock is enabled by default. How do I turn off Activation Lock on Apple Watch? I want to know for when the time comes to sell my watch or have it serviced.
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How long can an Apple Watch stay without an iPhone?

I have an Apple Watch with is paired with my iPhone. When my iPhone is out for maintenance, for how many days can I still use the Apple Watch without losing functionality and without losing the ...
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List of Apple Watch Workouts and Metrics

According to Apple, there are 12 different workouts: The screenshot only shows 4. What are all 12 workouts? Also, Apple says you can select up to 5 metrics. What are all the different metrics?
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Why are Apple Watch activity rings moving on by themselves?

I am observing my Apple Watch activity rings are moving insanely. I did talk to customer service they were also unable to help me. Did anyone face the issue before? What happened today? I wore the ...
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Adjust delay in Watch display when turning wrist

The Apple Watch spends most of its time sleeping with the display turned off. When you twist your wrist, it wakes and displays on screen. Unfortunately, the Watch does not always appear for me. Is ...
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Turn Passcode Off grayed out

Context I have recently acquired a series 1 Apple Watch. When I first started setting it up, I added a passcode out of habit. Now I want to temporarily disable the passcode as I'm continuing to do a ...
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How can I disconnect bluetooth headphones from an Apple Watch without “forgetting device”?

How can I disconnect a bluetooth device from an apple watch without having to forget the device? Do I really have to re-pair things like headphones every time I want to disconnect them?
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Can I mark an email as read on the Apple Watch?

After I receive an email, I can preview it easily from the notification. If it's just an email I don't need to react, my workflow is to just leave it there as read. However, I can't seem to figure out ...
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Is there any way to control Mac volume from Apple Watch?

Is there currently a way to control a Mac's audio volume from the Apple Watch? I use AirPods paired with my Mac to play audio. Unfortunately, Apple didn't provide a convenient way to adjust the ...
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Can you turn GPS off on a Apple Watch Series 2?

Is there any way to turn off GPS when doing a workout to save battery? Cheers
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Non-Midnight “Day” Transition for Apple Watch Activity Rings?

I often work out at the gym late at night. I also often stay up past midnight. But the Apple Watch considers each "day" to begin and end at midnight. This means that I will be in the middle of a ...
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Is there any way to decrease screensaver timeout every time my watch is moved away from the computer or phone?

Using the watch to unlock my Mac is a great feature, but I want the OS to shorten the idle time once the watch goes out of range. This way, if I'm wearing the watch, and I'm not facing the computer (...
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Privacy of “Hey, Siri” on Apple Watch

I recently got an Apple Watch Series 2 and discovered the "Hey, Siri" feature, where you can talk to Siri hands-free after raising your wrist. I know Apple made very clear statements about the privacy ...
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Auto Unlock not working on MBP Early 2013 - iOS 10 - watchOS 3.0 - macOS Sierra GM

For some reason, I cannot get "Auto Unlock" to work. Currently running macOS Sierra GM on a MBP Retina Early 2013, watchOS 3.0 and iOS 10 GM. I've already disabled Two-Step verification and enabled ...
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How does HealthKit calculate activeEnergyBurned and other variables?

I am investigating using HealthKit to supply some data for an application which will run on iOS. We are thinking about using Apple Watch to collect the data. I am especially interested in ...
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Is it safe to change Apple Watch battery with more capacity?

For example, while the original battery capacity for Apple Watch Series 1 (38 mm) is 205 mAh, can I replace it with a 273 mAh (38 mm) battery (originally for Apple Watch Series 2, 38 mm), and assuming ...
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Apple Watch Series 3 ski tracking

Apple Watch Series 3 was announced to have ski tracking possibility. But I cannot find any information on the web if it already possible. Can anyone that has Apple Watch confirm, that you can now ...
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Debugging Apple Watch Wifi

Apple Watch should connect automatically to any network I was previously connected with on my iPhone. At my university I need to register devices for network access by providing them with a MAC ...
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How do I get dual colour theme for numerals duo watch face?

I am using the Beta of watchOS 6. In the keynote, I saw the numerals duo watch face with two different colors for each number. Is this exclusive for series 4 or series 5? I am Series 3 user. I did ...
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Pairing Apple Watch to new iPhone without erasing

My iPhone was lost and I want to pair my watch with my new iPhone. Everything I see says that unpairing the watch will erase it. The problem is I don't have a backup of the watch since it's a new ...
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Check the status of a Finder copy-paste operation from Apple Watch

Today I had to leave my Mac, while a copy-pasting operation was in progress with a large number of files. I found myself wanting to know how long the operation had left (and if it had encountered any ...
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Apple Watch airplane mode disadvantages?

Since a few days I have an Apple Watch and I really like it. I just wanted to know if I could use my watch in airplane mode all day, and at the end of the day I connect it to my iPhone to let all my ...
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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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Determine which device AirPods have connected to using Siri

When I put on my AirPods, they automatically connect to the device that they were most recently connected to. However, without checking each device, I'm not sure which device they've connected to. I'...
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Can Apple Watch faces display reminders other than the scheduled list?

Some of the faces available for the Apple Watch 4 allow me to set "Reminders" as one of the displayed complications. Unfortunately, all it ever shows is "NO REMINDERS" because none of my reminders are ...
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How can I get Apple Watch style Activity reminders on iPhone / iPad

Example: watchOS reminds users to that it’s “Time to stand!”. Is there any way to leverage the default apps provided by Apple to get these notifications on iOS devices? The default reminders app is ...
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Apple watch always displays the wrong high temperature

I'm having trouble understanding the Apple watch high and low temperature values. They are never correct. In Nyc, the high is going to be 81 today. However when I looked this morning it said 72 ...
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How do I make a voice-reply via Apple Watch send, and not delay by a variable amount of time?

When I send an iMessage on Apple Watch there is only a "don't send" button, but I have no confirmation if/when this message is actually sent. Many times when I send a message, later to check the ...
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Is there a way to track a run with a map on Apple Watch 2?

As we know, the Apple Watch 2 has GPS and provides accurate distance and cadence information when going for a run, for example, even without an iPhone. However, I'm having trouble finding a way of ...
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Can Apple Watch Series 2 control Homekit devices with Siri?

Can the New Apple Watch 2 control Homekit enabled devices like the Philips Hue with Siri voice commands like the iPhone can? I'm thinking of buying an Apple Watch and I need to know whether or not I ...
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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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Why doesn’t the watchOS beta profile show up in my list of available downloads?

I am trying to install the watchOS 6 beta profile to my watch from an iPhone X running iOS 13 beta. At https://developer.apple.com/watchos/ I see a link to a downloads page that should link the ...
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iOS 12 Apple Watch app - how to delete “available apps”?

I have deleted the parent app from my iPhone running iOS12, but still see it's Apple watch app in the list of "available apps". How can I remove entries from the Apple Watch phone app under "...
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Apple Watch app fails to install on device

I’m working on an Apple Watch app and see that intermittently it fails to install on the Watch. I tried restarting the watch, deleting the app, but still see the issue: How do I fix Apple Watch app ...