Gone are the days when you had to pull out your iPhones out of your pocket or reach out to the table to pick it up in order to check notifications, answer calls, text & more. With apple series watches, you probably don’t even need one in order to carry out the day-to-day activities you do with your iPhone. Right from checking notifications, answering calls, tracking your health & fitness, there is a lot that Apple has been bringing to the table with its series of watches.
No doubt, apple watch is a powerful device in a small & cool looking wrist band. With the recent Apple series 5 watch, Apple has brought tons of new productive & exciting features to make the best out of your apple watch. In this article, let’s check out step-by-step some of the most interesting features that may help in your day-to-day life!
Some of these apple watch series 5 features may be new & are only available with the new apple watch series 5 while few of them are already present on its predecessors, regardless, they’re worth a try!
So, without any further a due, let’s jump right into it!
1. Always on retina display:
The most awaited feature is the always-on display of the apple watch series 5. It lets you display time & other glanceable information on your watch even when your wrist is down. Kept turned on by default on the watch, it shows the time along with the most recent active app & your watch face.
To save battery, the watch dims the display when your wrist is down or when you cover the display with your hand. You may also choose to hide sensitive information such as your messages, heart rate, calendar events from being displayed.
To turn this feature on, open settings on your apple watch by pressing the digital crown to see home screen > tap settings > open display & brightness > Turn the hide sensitive complications toggle on.
2. Compass app:
The new compass app which is only available with the apple watch series 5 lets you know the direction you’re currently facing, your location & elevation. Similar to iPhone, the apple maps uses the built-in compass sensor to indicate the direction you’re heading which comes in handy while using step-by-step directions to your destination.
For an accurate reading of your compass - hold your watch flat so the crosshairs gets aligned at the center of the compass. As you move, the red cone that surrounds the compass needle shows you the accuracy of the heading. Whereas, a narrow cone indicates better accuracy than a wider cone.
You may rotate the digital crown up to see your co-ordinates, incline & elevation.
To enable compass to access your location, go to settings > privacy > location services > compass > select while using the app.
3. ECG app:
While heart rate monitoring is common amongst all the apple series watches, the Apple Series Watch 4 & 5 is also capable of taking an ECG of your heart. An ECG or electrocardiogram is a test that measures & records the timing & strength of electric signals of your heartbeat.
The ECG app will record your heartbeat using the electrical sensor inside the watch & then check the recording for atrial fibrillation (AFib) which is a form of irregular rhythm.
This isn’t something that you’d be using on a daily basis unless or until you’ve a heart condition or are experiencing any symptoms.
You’d need to set up the app on your iPhone before you take a test. To do so, open health app on your iPhone > click on health data icon > tap on heart > swipe down the heart screen and then tap the entry for ECG > tap setup ECG follow the setup process.
To know more about how to set up & take a test click here.
4. Fall detection:
Another important safety feature that comes on both Apple Series Watch 4 & 5, the fall detection feature calls up emergency services, notifies your emergency contacts when you take a hard fall & fail to respond for a while.
Here’s how it works
After a hard fall, the watch taps you on the wrist, sounds an alarm and displays an alert to either to contact emergency services or to select “I’m OK.” You can also press the digital crown to dismiss the alert and let the watch know that you’re okay.
If you’re moving the watch, it waits for a minute or so for you to respond and won’t call the emergency services. In case you don’t respond for more than a minute, it will call the emergency services automatically. Once the call ends, it will also send a message to all your emergency contacts based on your Medical ID.
To turn fall detection on, follow the steps: Open apple watch app on your iPhone > click on my watch tab > tap emergency sos > toggle to turn the fall detection on
If you’re over 65, this feature gets turned on by default. Apple asks for your age while setting up your Apple watch, hence, make sure it’s correct & the same appears in your medical ID & Health Profile.
To know more about how to set up click here.
5. International emergency SOS:
If you find yourself in any pain or trouble, you can use the emergency sos feature to automatically call your local emergency services & share your location with them. You might also need to select the service you need in some countries. Like in China mainland, you may choose police, fire or ambulance services.
With Apple watch series 5, you can call your local emergency services even when you’re traveling overseas.
To know more on how to call click here.
6. Delete native apps:
Now the watchOS let you delete the stock native apps right from your home screen just the way you do it on your iOS devices.
Simply tap & hold the icon of the app you wish to delete and then hit the ‘X’ button.
Not to worry, you can re download the deleted stock apps from the app store.
The Noise app is available with watchOS 6 on apple series watch 4 or later. With this app, you can enable notifications to protect your hearing from the loud sounds in your environment that could potentially damage your hearing.
It periodically keeps a check on sound levels in your vicinity & notifies you If the average sound level over three minutes reaches or exceeds a chosen decibel threshold.
Here’s how to turn it on:
Open apple watch app > click on my watch tab > tap on noise > select a decibel level. You can do the same from the settings on your apple watch.
To know more about noise app & the ideal sound decibel levels click here.
Well, that’s about it for this article. Hope you enjoyed it! In the next article, we shall dive into the apple watch series tips & tricks in detail.
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