Apple Watch & Shopping Lists

Should lists stay available until you clear them?

  • Yes! Fix this!

    Votes: 5 35.7%
  • Meh, other things should come first.

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • You can make shopping lists?

    Votes: 8 57.1%

  • Total voters
    14

Sarcasticon

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Oct 22, 2011
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I was really looking forward to checking off items from a list while shopping for groceries. I've tried Evernote, Wunderlist and Clear. The problem? The lists all disappear and you have to click through 2-4 steps to get it back so you can check off the next item.

This disappearing act has GOT to be fixed in an update. Am I the only one experiencing this problem?
 

Arran

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Mar 7, 2008
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Isn't there a setting for this?

Something to do with displaying the last app (which would be your list-making app) instead of the watch face whenever you "wake" the watch.
 
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Anya B

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Jul 20, 2013
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You have 2 choices, either change watch setting display the last app instead of watch face or double click the digital crown to show the last app used.

I use Clear when I'm shopping and the double click is handy.
 

Arran

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Yep, it's on the watch itself: Settings icon ---> General ---> Activate on Wrist Raise ---> Resume To = Last Used App.

The one thing I don't like about this method is that an unintended wrist raise later in the day will activate your list app and you may check things off without even realizing the screen is on.
 

groovyf

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Dec 15, 2010
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Halifax, UK
Yep, it's on the watch itself: Settings icon ---> General ---> Activate on Wrist Raise ---> Resume To = Last Used App.

That setting actually makes no difference on my watch. It *always* shows last app, even if set to show Clock Face.
Same thing on a friend's watch too.
 

Arran

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That setting actually makes no difference on my watch. It *always* shows last app, even if set to show Clock Face.
Same thing on a friend's watch too.
Interesting. It looks like there's a 25 second "holding period" for your app, even if you have it configured to display the clock face.

Here's what I'm seeing. If I have an app up when the screen darkens and I wake the screen within 25 seconds, the app reappears. If I wake it after 25 seconds, I get the clock face.

I guess it's designed that way so you can work "continuously" with an app - albeit with small interruptions (less than 25 seconds)
 
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groovyf

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Dec 15, 2010
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Interesting. It looks like there's a 25 second "holding period" for your app, even if you have it configured to display the clock face.

Here's what I'm seeing. If I have an app up when the screen darkens and I wake the screen within 25 seconds, the app reappears. If I wake it after 25 seconds, I get the clock face.

Star man! That's spot-on. I hadn't thought about there being a "timer" on it, but it does make sense that it works that way.

Thanks!
 

Haxley

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Oct 14, 2010
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I changed my settings to "display last used app" because of this. Completely worth it, have never looked back. Last used app is usually my watch face anyway and if I'm not there, it's easy enough to get to.
 

sarasera

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Jun 4, 2015
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I was really looking forward to checking off items from a list while shopping for groceries. I've tried Evernote, Wunderlist and Clear. The problem? The lists all disappear and you have to click through 2-4 steps to get it back so you can check off the next item.

This disappearing act has GOT to be fixed in an update. Am I the only one experiencing this problem?
I use Buy me a pie. It dosen't disappear while shopping.
 
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TrueBlou

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Sep 16, 2014
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Now, I'm not trying to promote my own app here, I'm just mentioning it as it's what I use for my own shopping lists. The fact that I make it is just coincidental. I mean I could make a separate account to post as just me, but that would be worse than being open and honest about these things, but I digress.

That out of the way, I use Easily for my shopping lists these days, the latest update improved on shopping lists by adding a tally feature that keeps track of your spending as you go round checking off what you've picked up.

There's a thread about it in the Apple Watch apps section with much more information.

But regardless of the app you use, I'm loving the fact that I don't have to take my phone out of my pocket to check my list or make changes to it. It's the simple things like that I really like the Apple Watch for.
 

Glenn.eu

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Jun 24, 2012
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I wish the iOS app "shopshop" would update with an apple watch update...
I also found "Idealist" free app to test out with a max of 20 items in your list and 2$ for the full version, much lower then 25$ for "Buy me a pie!" :)
 
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