Apple Watch - Poor Touch Screen Sensitivity?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by mikzn, Aug 6, 2016.

  1. mikzn macrumors 6502

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    Am wondering if there is a a way to make the Apple watch more sensitive to my fingers - ie for activating an navigating the watch menus ?

    Many of the apps require 3 or 4 taps and repeated tries to end a program or choose an option - for example the workout app takes more than 5 or 6 taps to end the workout - when I am finished a workout - I tap end then it shows a few choices one is "done" - I then click done and it goes back to the work out and continues - then I click end work out again and it displays the same choices and I select done and it goes back to the work out - this goes on for 5 or 6 times sometimes more.

    Is there a way to make the screen more responsive ? More sensitive to selctions and choices activated on the screen?
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Many including myself have noticed that the AW touchscreen is less sensitive compared to that of the iPhone.

    However, if you're working out make sure your fingers are dry. Touchscreen won't respond when the screen/fingers are wet.
     
  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    Also in a pinch rase wrist and "Hey Siri stop the Workout app"
     
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    We may not be good but a dry finger does not work near as well on my watch as a slightly moist one. My AW will completely ignore a dry finger.
     
  5. iPhysicist macrumors 6502a

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  6. Ramic90 macrumors member

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    Do you experience the same problem when the watch is connected to a charger?
     
  7. Hustler macrumors 6502

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    I get it too from time to time and a hard reboot solves it for me, for a couple of days.
     
  8. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    Same issue with me...very frustrating to use the watch sometimes. Takes several taps for it to register while other times it works on the first tap...very inconsistent sensitivity.

    Oddly enough, it works perfectly - like an iPhone - when connected to the charger.
     
  9. Ramic90 macrumors member

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    I had the exact same problem. Off the charger, the touch fails misserably. When connected it's perfectly fine.

    I have replaced it under the warranty.

    There seems to be a problem with failing battery, which gives the lover amperage to the touch screen drivers. Or something like that. It's only going to get worse.
     
  10. sean000 macrumors 6502a

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    I usually only have difficulty when my fingers are wet. A really dirty display probably affects touch performance as well. Other than that I usually don't have any problems... even on my smaller 38mm watch. I wonder if Apple set the sensitivity low enough to avoid registering unintended taps and swipes? The size of the display probably plays a role as well: When you can pack a number of touch targets into a postage stamp sized area, you don't want things too sensitive or people would complain that they always hit the wrong target.

    Sometimes I think the problem is also the watch lagging a little. I have seen it fail to acknowledge a tap when I know I am hitting it spot-on using dry fingers. I have seen this happen more in resource intensive apps like the Workout app. It seems like pausing and resuming a workout buttons don't always respond, but again that's when my fingers might be a little sweaty and my watch face might be a little dirty.
     
  11. mikzn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was just going to post the same thoughts - I think most of the issue is lag and not so much sensitivity, am running 2.2.2 (13V604). I found that if I wait 5 seconds or so between each selection on the watch face / menu it seems to work much better, perhaps that gives the watch more time to process each command before choosing the next option.

    I don't remember having this issue before I installed iOS 10 on the phone - perhaps it is related? Anyway finding the phone works much better if I give it more time between touching the screen for new options. Hopefully this will improve with watch OS3
     
  12. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    Stopping a workout when sweaty is a big time pain. Not really sure what Apple was thinking. There's a button on the side that doesn't care if my fingers are wet or dry. Why not use that?

    Apparently, iOS 10 addresses this issue.
     

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