In this lesson we take a look at the various settings on your Apple Watch. As a side note, depending on which Apple watch you have, your settings may vary from what I’m going to show you here.
Accessing Settings from the Apple Watch
To access your settings on your Apple Watch, you need to go to your Apps. To do that you press in on the Digital Crown. By default your app you have available will be icons. The settings app is the one that looks like a gear. Tap on it to open it up.
Tip: To view your Apps as a list, which is how I prefer to view them, gently press down on your Apple Watch while viewing your app icons. You’ll have an option for viewing your apps as a list. Tap on list view. Now scroll to the Settings app and tap on it.
Time – When I tap on Time, the Apple watch allows me to set the time that is displayed on the watch face. To change the time, I just use the digital crown. To go back, I tap on Time in the upper hand left corner or what I can do is I can swipe from the very left edge back over to the right.
Airplane Mode – I tap on this and I can turn on airplane mode.
Bluetooth – When I tap on this it puts my Apple watch into search mode. So this is how we can pair bluetooth devices to the Apple watch. To go back, either swipe from left or right or tap on bluetooth on the upper left hand corner.
General Settings>About – This gives us information about our Apple watch.
General Settings>Orientation – If you’re left handed, you may want to tap on this and change your orientation. What this will do is this will change the orientation of the Apple watch so you can wear it on your other wrist.
General Settings>Wake Screen – Wake Screen sets if you want to have your Apple watch wake when you raise your wrist. If you no longer want to have it to do this, you just tap on this to turn it off. There are also a couple of other settings in here that set what app is going to show when you raise your wrist and when you tap on this screen, how long you want to have your Apple watch to be awake.
General Settings>Wrist Detection – If you’re using a passcode, wrist detection will lock your Apple watch when you’re not using it. It’s a way to keep your information secure on your Apple watch. I turn this off temporarily when I want to show off my Apple watch. Otherwise when I take it off my wrist, it just locks it. Turn this off, it no longer locks it.
General Settings>Nightstand Mode – When you connect your Apple watch to your charger and turn it 90 degrees, the Apple watch will show the time. It will only show for a few seconds. To get the time back on, you just tap the nightstand or surface your Apple Watch is on. The accelerometer in the Apple watch will detect this and then display the time. It will turn off automatically after a few seconds.
General Settings>Accessibility – When you tap on this you can turn on and off voice over, zoom, reduce the motion as well as label buttons with on and off.
General Settings>Siri – This is where you can turn on and off Siri. If we turn a Siri on all we have to do is raise our wrists and say, “Hey Siri” and Siri will open up on the Apple watch.
General Settings>Reset – Tap on reset and this is where you erase your Apple watch.
Brightness and Text Size – This is where you can set the brightness of your Apple Watch as well as change the text size and make the text bold so it’s easier to read. If you are having a hard time reading the text on your Apple Watch, I recommend setting the text to bold. This is how I have my Apple Watch set.
Sounds and Haptics – This is where you set the alert volume of your Apple watch. You can also set the Haptic strength of the Apple watch. This is the tap that you feel on your wrist.
Passcode – If you want to place a passcode on your Apple watch and tap on this and enter in the passcode you’d like to use.
See this Lesson in Action
If you want to see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.