How do I change what the button does on my watch?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by 03sho, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. 03sho macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2007
    Currently when I press it loads the friends page. How do I change this?
  2. Neutral Milk macrumors regular

    Neutral Milk

    Apr 28, 2015
    I haven't seen the use of this as a dedicated button. I can see why they did it, but i have a feeling it isn't useful to a good chunk of people. Maybe they'll realize this at some point and allow changes to the defaults.

    Only thing is there's no other way to get to the friend ring (that I've seen anyway), so they'd have to make an option to access it through a glance or app.
  3. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    Would be awesome if you could change it but you can't.
  4. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    The side button beneath the digital crown loads your friends as well as Apple pay. Friends allows easy access to call/text your closest friend, Girlfriend, Wife...etc. Double pressing side button enables Apple pay.
  5. Tom G. macrumors 68020

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    I have a feeling that in the fall when Watch OS2 comes out that this may change and the developers at least will be able to use it for other purposes.
  6. Mac2me, Jul 4, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015

    Mac2me macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2015
    The side button in combination with the digital crown are also used to do a hard reset when it gets confused and doesn't operate as expected (press and hold both for 10 seconds until the screen turns off and it reboots). So it actually already does perform several different functions.

    Single press - friends access
    Double press - Apple Pay
    Press hold with crown - hard reset
  7. srshaw macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    The only time I have used that button was to reset my watch. I hope for some customisation here in WatchOS 2.
  8. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
    Or a quick press of both the crown and button at same time takes a screenshot of the Apple Watch screen which is saved to iPhone camera roll.
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    ME TOO, as I never initiate a call on my watch and would love to have this button to do as I wish. Right now I never use it as I do not use Apple Pay.
  10. thesmokingsuns macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2015
    I have no friends, they need to change it ASAP
  11. Mac2me macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2015
    Hey, Siri, thesmokingsuns needs friends to add....please fix that. :)

    Ahhh, I also added some of my phone favorites here. Like speed dial on the wrist.
  12. Batman89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    I wish it could be changed. That button is completely pointless imo.

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