- The Apple Watch is one of Apple’s best inventions.
- It can do many things better than other Apple devices; it also does things that are truly unique.
- We’ve rounded up the best Apple Watch tips and tricks that can make your life easier.
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About two months ago, I purchased Apple’s latest Apple Watch, the Series 4. I’m convinced it’s one of the best products Apple has ever released.
In the course of experimenting with the Apple Watch, I discovered lots of things the Apple Watch does better than other Apple products. I also found a bunch of tricks only the Apple Watch can pull off. I even asked readers to send in their favorite features, and dozens of you helped me delve even deeper into the Watch’s capabilities.
If you don’t own an Apple Watch, just got one, or you’ve had a Watch for years and want to compare notes, these are the best Apple Watch tips and tricks I’ve found so far.
Use the Apple Watch to unlock any Mac computer you own.
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I have two computers in my apartment: a Mac Mini, and a MacBook Pro.
Both computers require passwords, but both of them instantly unlock if I approach them while wearing my Apple Watch.
It is such a cool and futuristic feeling, to see your computer unlock instantly and to simultaneously feel a ping on your wrist to know it was the Watch.
To activate this feature, visit the System Preferences app on your Mac, click Security & Privacy, then click "Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac."
Use the Apple Watch as a remote control for the Apple TV — you’ll never lose it!
The Apple TV comes with a remote control, but like every remote control, it’s slippery and easy to lose in your couch cushions.
Meanwhile, owning an Apple Watch means you’ll never lose your remote control, since it’s literally attached to your wrist. It doesn’t have Siri – of course, the only time Siri is useful, it’s not available — but you can still use your Apple Watch to play, pause, scroll, and navigate menus.
To activate this feature, just open the Remote app on your Watch — it looks like a blue play button. I keep the Remote app in my Dock, which you summon by pressing the side button on the Watch, for quick access.
Use the Dock to create shortcuts for all the apps you use the most.
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Single-pressing the Watch’s side button summons the Dock, which is basically an app drawer.
You can choose if you want your Dock to show you recent apps, or a list of favorite apps.
To customize the Dock, go into the Watch app on your iPhone, and click "Dock." There, you can choose if you want recents or favorites to be shown. I went with favorites, so I can manually arrange the order of the dock and which apps are highlighted.
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