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Your Apple Watch is only as useful as you allow it to be. There are some very practical ways you can maximize its potential. Make sure you are taking advantage of these 8 tips and tricks.
1. Transfer a call to your iPhone. If you answer a call on your Apple Watch and want to transfer it to your iPhone, just swipe up during the call and send it on over. Simple, right?!
2. Craft clever replies. The stock replies in the watch might be convenient, but they’re also pretty matter-of-fact and boring. If you want to spice up your default replies, just go to Messages and Default Replies, where you can craft your own.
3. Ping your iPhone. Keeping track of all of your devices can be a pain. If you’re wearing your watch and can’t find your iPhone, just go to the Settings glance (swipe up from the bottom bezel) and choose the iPhone icon on the bottom.
4. Wipe your Notifications. Notifications on the device can be overwhelming. To wipe all of your notifications, swipe down from the top of the screen, and you’ll see a chronological list. Long press the screen and select “Clear All” to wipe all of the notifications.
5. Conserve your battery. The smartwatch’s battery life has gotten a lot of flack, so it’s only natural to want to conserve it as much as possible. To enter Power Reserve Mode and really make your battery life last, press and hold the second button, and you’ll see a power menu. Select the Power Reserve button and drag it to the right.
6. Flip controls for left-handed users. Left-handed people usually wear their watches on their right hands, which makes the placement of the Digital Crown highly inconvenient. To flip the display the way you want it, go to the iPhone companion app and go to General > Watch Orientation. You can then flip the display.
7. Sync music and photos. Just mark your favorite photos on your iPhone to personalize your photo album watch face. To listen to music from your phone, create a playlist then go to the Apple Watch companion app and select the music app on the list. It should start syncing your playlist automatically.
8. Use Apple Watch as a camera remote. One of the coolest features of the Apple Watch is that you can use its display as a viewfinder for your iPhone's camera. In other words, you can set up your iPhone at a distance, monitor the scene via your Apple Watch, and snap a photo remotely.