You can sync music to your watch. You can then play that music over a bluetooth speaker or headset. To configure that speaker or headset, open the Settings app on your Apple Watch. Then tap on Bluetooth. From the Bluetooth screen, the watch will search for devices and then list any devices located. Speakers and headphones both seem to appear as headsets rather than show their Bluetooth identifiers. When it opens, tap on the device name. Once you’ve configured a speaker, open up the Music app from your home screen. Then play music. Enjoy.
Here’s a list of gestures you need to know on the Apple Watch:
- Lift your wrist to show the display: This is probably the easiest of the gestures. Once you’ve put on the watch, simply lift your wrist and you’ll see the display. You’re not gesturing, but you are. Just not on the face of the watch. But many of these are clicking places anyway…
- Click on the crown: Access your your home screen. You can control the home screen like this: Manage Apps On The Apple Watch.
- Double-click on the crown: Go back to your last app.
- Click on the side button: No matter where you are, the side button will take you to your friends list. Customize this list so your top 10 contacts can receive things like, I don’t know, your creepy heartbeat.
- Double-click the side button to open Apple Pay: Clicking the side button opened your address book. But double-clicking opens Apple’s system for paying via NFC: Apple Pay. If you’ve setup Apple Pay, double-click the side button to see an image of your credit card. Move your wrist close to an Apple Pay credit card reader (like at Subway) to pay for all the stuffs. No card, no password, no germs. Just a sandwich hand crafted by the people that brought you Jared. And probably cloned him…
- Hold down the side button: This brings up a screen that let’s you lock, power off or put the battery reserve on on your watch. You can also force-touch the Power Off button to factory reset the watch. Be careful with that one. If you can actually force touch the right place on the button. Good luck with that. It’s like the worlds best drinking game. But sober.
- Press and hold the crown to talk to your best friend, Siri. She’ll start listening while you’re holding the crown. Tell her something, like all about your feelings (wait, you’re not the Green Arrow, you don’t have to constantly talk about those) and then she’ll do whatever you told her (within reason).
- Swipe down to control notifications: By default, you’ll see the watch face when you initially look at your Apple Watch. Swipe down at the main watch face screen to see a list of notifications. This should be easy to get used to as it’s how things work on your iPhone. Click on push notifications to open them, or swipe to clear them.
- Swipe up to access glances: Glances show information from a lot of apps at once. Swipe up from the watch face, to show glances for battery, music, fitness, 3rd party apps, etc. Swipe vertically to scroll between them. The easiest glance is the first, which shows the control center, similar to what’s on your iPhone. Here, throw the watch into Airplane mode, etc. No flashlight. When you hit a glance that needs to communicate with the phone you’ll see the dots that indicate that it’s communicating.
- Force press to access menus and options to otherwise available: Press harder on the screen and on buttons to force-press. Many apps have different options available to a Force Press, such as changing your goals in the Activity app, shuffling through music in the Music app, searching for a location in Maps, and force resetting the device from the restart screen. Many 3rd party apps will have an option and built-in apps are slowly being documented as people find them.
- Put your hand over the face of the watch to silence it: Yup, you’re sitting in a meeting or at a movie and notifications are bugging you. You don’t want to crash the plane. So, silence the watch. The next time you lift your wrist you’ll be back at a display.
Just like with an iPhone, it’s simple to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch. It’s a similar process as on other Apple devices. To take a screenshot from an Apple Watch, go to the screen to take a screen capture of and then press and hold the digital crown (the round button that spins) while you press the side button down (the little button below the digital crown). The screen will flash for just a second and you’ll hear the camera sound. If you wait a couple of minutes, the screenshot will automatically show up on your phone in the photo library.
If you use Apple Pay, you’ll be forced to configure a PIN code on that shiny new Apple Watch of yours. If you forget that PIN code, you’ll likely end up on Google looking for a way to unlock it. Never fear, the Googs has come to the rescue. There are a few different options. If you selected to unlock with a phone unlock, then you need only unlock your phone. But if you did that, you wouldn’t be here… The next option is to log in and reset the watch manually. But again, if you could do that, you wouldn’t be here… So next, grab your charger and then press and hold the side power button on the watch. This brings up a little Power Off button (along with a Power Reserve and Lock Device button). Then do a Force Touch (press hard) on the Power Off button. It takes me five or six tries to get the button to come up, but when you do it just right, you’ll get the Erase All Content and Settings menu. Then pop the watch back on the charger and when prompted, tap Erase. You’re then able to restore a backup or set the watch up from scratch. Here’s to hoping you didn’t steal it!
The Activity App lets you set a move goal that matches how much you move around in a given day. I decided to set mine to match my FitBit, which was a little high, so I dropped it back down. To change it, open the Activity app and swipe right to the calories display. Then, force-tap inside the circle indicating your status. Use the plus and minus button to set your calorie goal for the day. Note: Interestingly, the calories are active. If you’re used to seeing those listed by the FitBit, or many other devices, you’ll be used to seeing Passive Calories. The Apple Watch can show you Passive Calories, but by default it displays Active Calories.
The Apple Watch is just another wearable with a limited feature set. In much the same way that the iPhone is just another phone. But they’re not. They have apps. And the apps are what make these devices so powerful. Installing apps on an Apple Watch is pretty straight forward. But before we do, it’s worth mentioning that there are two types. the first is a glance. This is just another view for an app that is on your iPhone that the Apple Watch talks to. The second is an actual app. These have more functionality and more options. There are also built-in apps that can be shown or hidden. Apps are managed from the phone. To install either type of app, simply open the Apple Watch app on your phone. From there, you will see any apps that have either an app or a glance available on a device. Tap on an entry and you’ll see whatever is available for that app. New apps aren’t displayed on your Apple Watch. Use the slider to control whether it is displayed or not. Some apps have more options. If so, tap on the app and enable those options if needed. When you enable these apps, you’ll see the icon start loading on the watch, in much the same way that an icon starts to load on a phone when you purchase the app from the App Store. Also, some apps, when you download an update to the app, will even prompt you to install a glance for the app on your phone. The apps show up on right side of the default apps on the watch. Here’s the Nike app. This app only works properly when you open the app on the phone. It sits at a loading screen and only opens when the app on the phone opens. When it shows up, you can then do whatever the app is built to do. In this case, start and stop runs. That’s it. Straight forward. Just be patient. Takes awhile for Apple Watches to communicate with phones and to move data back and forth between them.
You loved your Apple Watch. It was awesome. But then something happened. Maybe it got glitchy. Maybe it got weird. Maybe you want to sell it and so just want to get it back to factory defaults first. Well, either way it’s easy. To reset your watch, open the Settings app. Open the General app. Tap Reset at the bottom of the list. When prompted, tap Erase All Content and Settings on the Apple Watch. Once done, unless you’re getting rid of the watch, you’ll want to pair it again. To do so, follow the instructions in this article: http://krypted.com/apple-watch/set-up-your-new-apple-watch. Or, you can restore your device by selecting a device to restore the backup from.
When I started to write this, I had this idea that I’d write an article that looked at the features and the usability of the Pebble and those of the Apple Watch. Both have the ability to load custom apps, both have app stores, both do many of the same other tasks, etc. The problem with that premise for this article is that they simply aren’t even remotely comparable. Let’s look at why:
- Apps: The Apple Watch can support apps and glances from apps. You can load as many as the thing can take, you can get different types of apps and there are already hundreds (if not thousands – I don’t have the patience to count) of apps that have support for the Apple Watch. The Pebble on the other hand is limited to 8 concurrent apps and I have never actually found more than 5 that I wanted to use that didn’t involve a watch face.
- Watch faces: I don’t change watch faces really. Most of the apps on a Pebble are all about custom watch faces. Pick your favorite school, your favorite Disney character, etc. The watch faces available for the Apple Watch are great and all, but the default face, with instant access to the calendar, your exercise stats, the weather, and of course the time, are is really what the device is about and the best usability option, something Apple has always excelled at. It would be great if the other time zone option on the Apple Watch had some really cool stuff you could swap it out with. If you force tap on the screen, you can certainly select other things, but all the cool stuff is placed in other areas of the default watch face.
- The screen: The screen on the Apple Watch is just a beautiful screen, with full color, lots of pixels, etc. The screen on the Pebble more closely resembles options from an Atari 2600. So, think Wii vs 2600 (aka e-paper)…
- The app that manages the wearable: The Apple Watch app has in app controls for what’s available on phones, can configure which apps/glances are shown, unpair/re-pair, configure notifications, manage Do Not Disturb, put the device into Do Not Disturb mode, configure passcodes, manage sounds and vibrations, configure brightness and size. It’s pretty robust. The app for the Pebble does much less, but is on par given the features available on the device in general.
- Light: The type of light emitted by the Pebble actually makes it a little easier to see in sunlight to me. But if you have sunglasses on then forget about it. Which I usually do when there’s a lot of sunlight. But this is a showstopper for some. Like those who (legitimately) still look for raised keyboards on phones…
- Battery life: The Pebble kicks the crap out the Apple Watch when it comes to battery life. I’ve not charged my Pebble once in a week and it was happily camping straight into the next week. My Apple Watch must be charged daily.
- Older iPhones: The Pebble can work on any iOS 6 compatible device (and up). The Apple Watch needs an iOS 8 device. So if you have an older phone, you’ll likely want a Pebble. Or take this as the opportunity to stop listening to 90s era Brittany Spears and upgrade your phone when you buy a watch.
- App security: There are apps that can muck up a Pebble. This ranges from screen distortion to apps crashing. I tend to think that if an app can cause a device to crash then it could be intentionally designed to do more worser (yes, that was on purpose) things to the device as well. I could be wrong and haven’t spent any real time doing security research on the device, but it seems like a bad thing. Meanwhile, apps that go to an Apple Watch go through the App Store and so have at least some semblance of review.
- Music Control: I like the Pebble more in this respect. It instantly sends commands to music on your phone. The Apple Watch always seems to be just a little bit delayed (not bad, but I can notice the delay). Having said that, the Apple Watch also has a Remote app, so you can also control music streaming out of computers onto Apple TVs.
- Instant Messaging: The Pebble can show you messages. The Apple Watch can as well, but goes a step or 10 further and actually allows you to send voice messages, text messages, animated Emoji and even your heartbeat (which people keep creepily sending me – except that one guy who has none – but we all knew he was a lich so whatever on that).
- Fitness: The fitness options on the Pebble are mostly from apps. The apps are a bit limited, but you can do a few pretty cool things. There are more built-in options on the Apple Watch; however, the 3rd party apps for Fitness tracking are pretty considerable and growing daily.
- Pay for all the stuffs: Apple Pay isn’t the most widely accepted form of payment around, but it is gaining in popularity and pretty cool. Not sure if NFC is really going to be changing the world, but it might, and a wearable that isn’t specifically a fitness tracker is likely going to need it over the coming year.
- Price: The Pebble can be $89. The Apple Watch starts at $350 and goes up to thousands (10 of ’em actually).
As with many a wearable that tracks movement, running and the such, the Apple Watch comes with… Badges. Wait, no, they’re called Trophies. No, crap, sorry, they’re called Achievements. You could just call them gamification incentives. Either way, they’re nice, they’re modern, and to me they’re a little bit more meaningful than some of the others that I’ve seen out there. As with the Fitbit, there aren’t a ton of Achievements to be had (for example, as compared to the Fuelband, which has dozens and dozens of them). There is a unique twist with the Apple Watch Achievements in that many are deferred until you’ve used the device for a few days, a few workouts or a few weeks. This way, you get a little bit of a baseline before you start breaking your own records. One of the smarter innovations, albeit a minor one – shows how much thought was put into minor details on these devices. Another interesting twist is that it primarily uses active calories, rather than just looking at all calories expended. Another twist I like a lot. So here’s how they work. Use the Activity app on the watch to track your progress. When you hit an achievement, the watch tells you. Use the Activity app on your iPhone to see the status of your achievements. Pretty simple. Here’s a list of all of them, straight out of the Activity app:
- First Running Workout: Awarded on your first run using the Workout app on your Apple Watch.
- Workout Record: Awarded after the 5th calorie-based sessions with the Workout app when you hit a new record.
- 7-Workout Week: Earned after doing at least 7 fifteen minute workouts in a single week.
- New Record: Set a new personal record for most calories burned in a day after your first 10 days using the Apple Watch.
- New Award: Set a new personal record for most exercise in a day after your first 10 days using the Apple Watch.
- Move Goal 200%: If you double your daily move goal, you get this cool achievement. (awarded once)
- Move Goal 300%: If you triple your daily move goal, you get this swanky badge, er, I mean achievement. (awarded once)
- Move Goal 400%: If you quadruple your daily move goal, you get this award and simultaneously prove that your move goal is way too low!
- New Move Goal: Earn your Move Goal for the first time. The easiest achievement to hit. Just hit your goal once!
- Perfect Week (Exercise): Hit your exercise goal concurrently, every day from Monday to Sunday.
- Perfect Week (Stand): By default, your stand goal is to stand for 10 minutes an hour for 12 hours in a day.
- Perfect Week (Move): Hit that move goal every day from Monday to Sunday.
- Perfect Week (All Activity): Hit all three goals from Monday to Sunday. And keep in mind. These four goals are not 7 days concurrently, but those 7.
- Perfect Month: Hit your goal every day from the 1st through the end of a month. Not 30 concurrent, but every day in a month.
- Longest Move Streak: Make a new streak for concurrently hitting your move goal.
- 100 Move Goals: Pretty cool to hit your move goal 100 times!
- 365 Move Goals: This is similar to the Every Damn Day Trophy with a FuelBand. Except that you don’t have to hit your goal concurrently, just a total of 365 times. But you should totally go for concurrency.
- 500 Move Goals: You get this bad boy when you hit your move goal total 500 times.
- 1000 Move Goals: We probably won’t see anyone with this achievement for a long time. But this one means that you have hit your move goal 1000 times. Not concurrently, just total.
You waited. And you tapped your fingers on the desk. And you sat and waited some more, for the UPS person. You stared at your mailbox. And then, after all of that, UPS showed up. And you signed. And then you had that box in your hands. The cardboard box, when opened, gave way to a sweet white box. You opened it by pulling the little tag off, and then you pulled the watch out of the box. You tried on the two bands. And you picked the one that fit you the best. So now what? Turn on the watch by hitting the button on the side and watch that beautiful Apple logo light up the screen. But now you need to pair the watch with your phone for it to be useable. So what to do? Well, first of all, make sure your phone is updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS. From there, open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. The app will prompt you to start pairing a watch with the phone. You can only pair one watch with an iPhone. Tap the Start Pairing button. When prompted, line up the screen on the watch with the image and the outline. Wait for the watch to complete pairing and then tap the Set Up Apple Watch button. You’ll then be prompted for which wrist to put the watch on. I used my dominant wrist, so right. You’ll then be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions (aka license agreement) from Apple. Tap Agree. Tap Agree again. Next, when prompted for the Apple ID to use, if you’d like to use an Apple ID with the watch, provide the password for that Apple ID using the Enter Password button, or use the Skip This Step option to skip the Apple ID. At the Location Services screen, tap OK. This is really just informational to let you know that Location Services will be used. It’s kinda’ necessary to use the watch properly. At the Siri screen, again, you’re informed that Siri will be used. Tap OK. At the Diagnostics screen, same thing. You’re informed that diagnostics will be supplied to Apple. Tap OK. At the Apple Watch Passcode screen, choose whether you’d like to use a passcode on the watch. I’m not a fan of using a passcode on the watch; however, you will have to use one if you want to use Apple Pay on the watch. Tap Create a Passcode to set one up now and then provide the passcode you’d like to use. The Apple Watch will sync apps and show glances from apps that are on the phone. Tap Install All to go ahead and install any Apple Watch apps on the device. You can always turn them off later. Or you can tap Choose Later to go ahead and complete setup and wait until later to set up the watch and finish apps setup later. I’d recommend using Install All and then turn off the ones you don’t want later. Then the watch will start syncing with your devices. At the Apple Watch Is Syncing screen, wait. Don’t do anything else or get the watch too far from the phone or you’ll have to start over from scratch. The watch looks like this while it’s syncing. Once the watch is finished syncing, use the My Watch app to sync apps, show glances, setup Apple Pay and configure which built-in apps are shown on the device. The next and most important aspect of your new Apple Watch is to use it and love it. Go for a run, sync some apps, enjoy the hell out of your new watch. It’s great. Now, get to it!