How to use Siri on the Apple Watch

Siri, of course, makes an appearance on the Apple Watch. With a lack of keyboard, Siri and the voice-to-text software it runs on are very important to interacting with the Apple Watch. To activate Siri, you can either raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri” or press and hold the Digital Crown.

Unlike Siri on the iPhone, Siri on the Apple Watch doesn’t speak to you and instead relies on text to reply to your commands. With that being said, Siri is usually the faster option when performing a wide range of tasks, such as sending texts or setting an alarm. Instead of having to go into the Alarm app, force touch, add a new alarm and then manually set the time of the alarm, you can say “Hey Siri, set an alarm for 7:30am” and it’ll be done almost instantly.

Siri seems to be limited on the Apple Watch though. With the iPhone version of Siri, you can ask it almost anything and it’ll generate an answer using its Wolfram Alpha integration. This isn’t the case with the Apple Watch, as when you ask a general knowledge question, Siri prompts you to use your iPhone.

How to use Apple Pay on the Apple Watch in the UK

Apple Pay was another big part of the Apple Watch announcement, enabling users to be able to pay for their purchases using their Apple Watch. Before you get too eager and try to pay for your McDonalds with your Apple Watch, it’s worth noting that there’s no UK support for Apple Pay – yet. 

How to use the Apple Watch with Android

Android users may be excited to get their hands on an Apple Watch, but much like Google’s Android Wear that is only compatible with Android devices, the Apple Watch is only compatible with the iPhone. You could still use the Apple Watch to measure your fitness, but a) that’s one expensive fitness tracker and b) you still need an iPhone to complete the initial setup.

How to use the Apple Watch with Windows Phone

As we mentioned above, the Apple Watch is only compatible with the iPhone so you won’t be able to use it with a Windows Phone. 

How to measure your heart rate on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch boasts heart rate sensors, which it uses to keep track of your active calories, among other things. To manually measure your heart rate, first make sure that the Apple Watch is tight (but comfortable) on your wrist. Then all you need to do is swipe up from the watch face to access your Glances, then swipe over to the heart rate monitor glance. Your heart rate should then be taken and displayed. Recent reports are suggesting that if you have a tattoo on your wrist, especially a dark one, the heart rate sensor may not work as intended.

Strangely, there’s only one way to take your heart rate – there’s no accompanying Apple Watch app that allows you to look over previous measurement results. If you want to review your BPM (beats per minute) range for the day, you can have to revert to the Health app on your iPhone. Simply tap Health Data > Vitals > Heart Rate and toggle “Show on Dashboard” which enables you to see your heart rate readings whenever you open the Health app.

How to monitor activity on the Apple Watch

One of the Apple Watch’s biggest selling points is that it doubles up as a fitness tracker, meaning you don’t have to wear two separate devices at the same time. It has a host of on board technology that allows it to track your movement/exercise, active calories and how often you’re stood up. But before it starts to track your activity, it requires a short setup.

Access the Activity app via the home screen and fill out all your basic information, including Sex, Age and Weight. It’ll then ask you how active your lifestyle is – Apple advises you to aim on the low side if you’re not too sure. Then, using all this information, the Apple Watch will generate a suggested daily calorie burn goal. You don’t have to accept this though, as scrolling up and down with the Digital Crown will allow you to fine tune your target. Then tap “Start Moving” to complete the setup and initiate activity tracking.

You’ll then be able to browse through the Activity app, swiping between the panels to display how well (or badly) you’re doing for each of the three measurements: active calories, exercise and standing. By using the Digital Crown to scroll down on each panel, you’ll be able to access extra information – such as how far you’ve travelled in a day, how many steps you’ve taken, etc.

You can view your progress at any time easily by accessing the Glances menu on your Apple Watch, and swiping to the Activity glance. This will display three rings, representing the three measurements – when a circle is complete, your target is complete. You can also get a more in-depth look at your activity by accessing the accompanying Activity app on your iPhone, which should appear once you set up the Activity app on your Watch.

How to use Apple Watch Digital Touches: send your heart beat, draw a picture, tap friends on the Apple Watch

Digital Touches are unique interactions that you can send to other friends that also have an Apple Watch. To send your friend a Digital Touch, you must first make sure that they have been added to your ‘Friends’ list on your Apple Watch, which can be done via the ‘Friends’ menu on the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Once they’ve been added, press the side button (underneath the Digital Crown) to access your Friends, and select the friend you want to message.

You’ll then be presented with a thumbnail and three icons: the left icon is to call them via your Apple Watch, and the right icon is to send them a message. The middle button is used to send the contact a Digital Touch, and will only appear if they also have an Apple Watch. Tap the middle icon, and you’ll be taken to a black screen, which is where you decide on the kind of Digital Touch you want to send.

The first type of Digital Touch is a drawing. Simply draw your picture with your finger, and after a few seconds of inactivity the drawing will animate and disappear, reanimating exactly as it was drawn on your recipients Apple Watch. The second way to communicate via Digital touch is to tap them on the wrist, and this is done by tapping a pattern on your Apple Watch display. This pattern will then be sent to the recipients Apple Watch, where they’ll feel your tap pattern on their wrist.

The third, and probably most intimate Digital Touch of the three options available is to send your recipient your heart rate. To do this, simply place two fingers on the display – you’ll know that it’s working thanks to the animated heart beat on-screen. This will then be sent to the recipient, where they’ll be able to feel your current heart rate on their wrist.

How to change the strap on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch boasts the ability to easily swap watch straps, so you can find the perfect watch and strap combination. You can buy official watch straps from the UK Apple Store website, or you can opt for third party accessories that allow you to attach any standard watch strap to the Apple Watch. 

Apple has designed the watch straps to be easily removable, and the process of replacing them is fairly straight forward. To remove your current watch strap, simply press the small button on the bottom of the Apple Watch and slide out the strap that’s closest to it, repeating the process with the other button to remove the second half of the strap. Then, to replace it with a new one, simply slide it into place. We told you it was easy. 

How long does the Apple Watch's battery last?

Apple claims that the Apple Watch has an “all day battery life”, lasting around 18 hours with typical use. Typical use, according to Apple is “90 time checks, 90 notifications, 45 minutes of app use and a 30-minute workout with music playback from Apple Watch via Bluetooth, over the course of 18 hours.” 

There have been reports that the Apple Watch doesn’t quite last that long, and that the Apple Watch also has a negative affect on the iPhone’s battery life. One Twitter user shared a screenshot of the Apple Watch app being responsible for 31 percent of their iPhone’s power usage. While this may be an issue that Apple could fix via a software update, it could also be down to the fact that the Apple Watch is a new device and new users are using it more frequently than they usually would. 

How to charge the Apple Watch: Can I use any wireless charger with the Apple Watch?

The Apple Watch uses a form of wireless charging known as “inductive charging”, using magnets to snap the charger into place directly on the heart rate sensor on the bottom of Apple’s first wearable. It’s the first time that Apple has added wireless charging to a device as standard, which is surprising as in 2012 marketing chief Phil Schiller said “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated”.

To charge your Apple Watch, simply plug the supplied charger into a wall (or USB port using just the cable) and place your Apple Watch on top of the circular port at the end of the cable. When your Apple Watch gets near, the charger should snap into place, thanks to the magnets inside the charger and watch.

If you think that this means the Apple Watch can be charged using a Qi charger, you’d be mistaken. The Apple Watch charger was designed to supply a constant voltage to the Apple Watch and the use of any other wireless charger risks damaging your Apple Watch, and will void your warranty.

How to fix a water-damaged Apple Watch

The Apple Watch comes with an IPX7 water resistance rating, which means that it can be submerged in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. This means that taking a shower, getting caught in the rain or washing your hands won’t cause any damage, but activities like swimming would be harmful. Even though it has an IPX7 water resistance rating, Apple doesn’t recommend that you submerge the Apple Watch as water damage voids the Apple warranty.

If you end up with a water-damaged Apple Watch, there are a handful of options available to you. The important thing is to make sure you don’t turn on your Apple Watch if its water-damaged. Instead, wait until you think the Watch has dried out before you see if it works.

The first (and best) option you have is to put the Apple Watch in a bowl of rice for 24 hours. Rice is great at absorbing water, and should extract any water from your Apple Watch. If after 24 hours your device is still unresponsive, place it back into the bowl of rice for another 24 hours, but if it still doesn’t work after three or four days, it’s probably time note down the time of death.

There are other options available if you don’t have rice to hand, such as placing your Apple Watch in a warm airing cupboard in your house to help draw out any moisture inside the device. It’s important that it’s warm and not hot or damp, as that could make the situation worse. You could also substitute rice for silica gel, the random white pack that seems to be in every box of new trainers. 

See also: How to dry out a phone, smartwatch or activity tracker