The first Apple Watch update appeared a few days ago. This update brings with it “improved performance” for Siri, different elements of activity tracking, accessibility and third party support. 1.0.1 also brings Brazilian Portugese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai and Turkish language support. And a few minor security issues were addressed. In short, you might want to run this one… To do so, first make sure your phone is close (less than 20 feet in my opinion) and that the watch has at least half a charge. To run the upgrade, start by opening the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. From the default screen (My Watch), tap on General and then tap on Software Update. From the Software Update screen, tap on Download and Install and let the watch do it’s thing (note, you’ll be prompted for a passcode if you have one configured). The update usually takes around 15 minutes. Don’t reboot or get the phone more than 20 feet from the watch during the update. Enjoy your Brazilian Portuguese!
I keep looking for more and more ways to have my Apple Watch be really functional without having it talk to my phone when I need the function it’s performing. One of those can easily be looking at photos. One of these is to sync some photos to the watch so that if my battery dies or I leave my phone on my desk, I still have access to photos if I want to get to some. To sync pictures from your First, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Then tap on Photos in the list of apps under the default My Watch tab. From the Photos screen, choose to be notified of alerts. I leave this set to Mirror My iPhone. Then, set the Synced Album to any album on the phone that you’d like to sync to the watch. This might be Camera Roll, the default, or you can select any album that you’ve created. After I did this, I’ve created a new album call watch that syncs all the pictures I want on my watch. Tap on Photos Limit to configure how much space you allow the photo album to fill up on your watch. You can select 25, 100, 250 or 500 photos, which nets 5MB, 15MB, 40MB and 75MB respectively. Then tap Then wait. The photos will be sync’d to your Watch.
When I first got it, the battery on my Apple Watch didn’t last throughout a day. I knew that I had to charge it every night before I bought it, but I thought it would have lasted me all day. Now it does. Don’t kill the functionality that you want from an Apple Watch. Instead, pick and choose the things you don’t mind loosing, otherwise the watch might just be somewhat useless to you. So here’s a list of the things I experimented with:
- Put the device into Power Saving Mode: OK, so this basically kills the use of the watch. You could also put the watch into airplane mode. This stuff is really if you won’t be using the watch for awhile. You know, like on a flight.
- Disable the heart-rate monitor on the watch during your workouts. This only helps during workouts and has a negative impact in that you aren’t tracking heart rate and you get less accurate active calorie data. But if you’re running an ultra-marathon, you probably wanna’ do this. To do so, open the Apple Watch app, tap on the entry for the Workout app and then tap on Power Saving Mode.
- Reduce notifications. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and then tap on Notifications. From here, check out this article for more information on managing notifications.
- Disable wrist detection. I’m remiss to tell anyone to disable this option, but it is one way to make the watch battery last longer; especially if you gesticulate a lot! To do so, open the Apple Watch app and then tap on General. Then just slide the Wrist Detection entry into the OFF position.
- Similarly, the Reduce Motion option reduces the number of automations when opening and closing apps. I love these animations and I’ve found that unless you’re doing a lot on the watch that this doesn’t really help with battery as much. But if you spend a lot of time during the day opening and closing apps, then this can be a nice bump.
- Pick a watch face that isn’t a power hog. Watch faces with animation kill the power. I use the default watch face, which is bit of a drain because it pulls weather and shows your activity. But if you are really active, you might benefit from a very basic watch face that isn’t polling information on your phone to, for example, update the weather all the time. To switch between watch faces, Force Touch (press and hold) on a watch face and then swipe horizontally to select a new one.
- Reduce the brightness on your device. One of the reasons that the Apple Watch is so awesome is that the screen is the prettiest on the wearables market. Reducing the brightness will only make the screen less and less awesome. But if you need more battery life, it will help! To turn down the brightness, open the Apple Watch app, tap on Brightness & Text Size and then slide the BRIGHTNESS entry to the level of brightness you can deal with. You can also go grayscale, on that same screen. It’s kinda’ sad to go this route, but if you’re about to do a Marathon with the watch, you might as well. You can always go back to a normal screen afterwards.
And so ya, I guess I have an Apple Watch… Here’s my own little guide on the darn thing. It’s fun. http://krypted.com/guides/apple-watch/
By default, the Apple Watch acts as a control mechanism for the Music app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch can play music without an iPhone present as well. But first you’ll need to sync a playlist to the watch. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and scroll down to the Music app listing. From there, you’ll see an option for Playlist Limit and Synced Playlist. First, we’ll limit the amount of space on you watch that the music from your playlist can take up. Tap Playlist Limit in the MUSIC STORAGE section. Here, I’ll tap on 2.0 GB. This will limit the amount of storage that can be taken up by the music from the playlist that we sync to the device. Then tap < Music to go back to select a playlist. At the Synced Playlist option, select a playlist from your phone. I’m going to select one I created for this purpose called Local. Once you do so, the music from the playlist will start syncing to the watch. You can then play it to a bluetooth device without having your phone present. For those who didn’t want an Apple Watch because they wanted to go on runs without a phone on them, you’re in luck. Now you just need a pair of bluetooth headphones.
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.
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.