Passcode/Wrist Detection is upsetting

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by BiggiePhat, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. BiggiePhat macrumors regular

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    Is there a reason as to why I need wrist detection on to use :apple:Pay?

    Why cant I just press the crown?

    The wrist detection is very poor (ie too sensitive).
     
  2. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    The answer is kind of obvious. Security! You want someone to grab your watch and use it to buy a Big Mac or two?? :cool:
     
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  4. scwinsett macrumors 6502a

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    it works fine for me. you may not have it on tightly enough?
     
  5. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

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    "You're wearing it wrong" :p
     
  6. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

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    I am having problems with the wrist detection, it asks for the passcode every time I wake it form sleep, even when it's on my wrist. I have a Milanese Loop SS with it plenty snug, but i do have fairly hairy arms. Ideas?
     
  7. alia macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have this problem with the Milanese Loop - is the sport band just not sitting securely enough?
     
  8. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

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    My problem is occurring with the Milanese Loop. I've tried even starting from scratch and power cycling the device and phone to no avail. :(
     
  9. alia macrumors 6502a

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    Is your wrist really bony? I have a protruding bone on my wrist, but I set the band a little higher up my wrist in a fleshier area.
     
  10. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

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    Up and down my wrist. Not very boney either.
     
  11. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    I've got a 38mm Milanese loop with no issues, either. It sounds like a sensitivity issue. Do you need to tighten your band, maybe?

    Nearly everyone in my house except my husband and his grandma tried mine on today. Two men, a teenaged boy with bony arms, a woman (well, two if you count me) and a 14yo girl.

    Detected every wrist perfectly.
     
  12. zmunkz macrumors 6502a

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    But if someone takes it, they can just put it on their own wrist... No?
     
  13. arminta7 macrumors regular

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    I haven't had to try hard at all to get mine to work. Even with my milanese strap loose and the watch flopping around it still works. Have you done the setup appointment and asked them? It may be a defect in your watch...
     
  14. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    The point is that whenever it's removed from a wrist, a passcode has to be added to access the features of the watch. If someone puts on your watch, they'd have to know your passcode to use it, even if they put it on.
     
  15. anez macrumors 6502

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    I think the point of this as a security feature is that if it's been in constant contact with the wrist of someone who knows the code since it was turned on (and code is requested at reboot), then it's secure.

    Once it's been removed, the Watch can no longer be sure a verified person (i.e., someone who has the code) is using it, so the code is requested. It's a good system, but only if it actually recognizes when it's being worn.
     
  16. ajg1977 macrumors member

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    Maybe shave a little patch where your watch sits?
     
  17. KingCoffee macrumors member

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    Hahahahahahahahahhaha. Yeah, you should shave your wrist!
     
  18. redman042 macrumors 68030

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    Make a Genius appointment. It sounds defective.
     
  19. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    For the record, I have pretty hairy arms and have never had this issue.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    Wrist detection works best if your band is strapped tightly onto your wrist. Ive noticed this myself.
     
  21. Ergates-thi-Ant macrumors 6502

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    That implies you're wearing the watch too loosely for it to detect that you're wearing it. Could this be a possibility?
     
  22. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

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    Welcome to the board Tubacca!

    :)
     
  23. pollos macrumors member

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    I've been pretty impressed with the wrist detection actually. I tested this last night. With the strap fairly loose i was able to lift the watch body so it was not in contact with my wrist at all, leaving about 5-10mm space and the watch did not lock. Only when i took the band off did it lock. I assume the watch somehow combines wrist detection with the motion of removing it completely to decide when to lock.

    My previous watch had a leather strap, i find the rubber of the sport band not quite a comfortable as leather and sometimes need to just move the watch a little if it gets sweaty/itchy. I was concerned that doing this would lock the watch, thankfully it does not. Still going to order a 3rd party leather band once they become available.
     
  24. goinskiing macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried all kinds of tightness and still no luck. Up and down my arm at varying tightness and both arms (orientation set accordingly). The gal at Apple walked me through several debug steps and was very polite. It seems more and more like a defective unit. :-(
     
  25. aamoren3 macrumors member

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    Robin Williams was my first impression :p. Just kidding! 42mm fits you well.
     

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