There's a definite work flow for Apple Watch.....

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by spiderman0616, May 6, 2015.

  1. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    At least for me. I decided when I got my Apple Watch that I was going to try for the 853rd time to lose weight and get healthy. I'm using My Fitness Pal to track calories, the Apple Watch to track movement and workouts, and the Health app to aggregate it all into one place.

    Because of that, I found myself opening the "rings" app a lot to see how I'm doing, and it's just too many crown clicks and taps to get that info and get back to my watch face. I was completely disregarding Glances at first, but I have come to realize that this is the very thing they set out to solve.

    I'm using the Modular watch face to display time, date, battery, sunrise/sunset, and temperature, but also the digital interpretation of the rings. If I want to see the rings themselves, a swipe up shows me the glance and a swipe back down gets me back to the watch. If I want more than that, then I launch the actual app.

    The more I try to use shortcuts to things and Siri for everything else, the smoother it gets to use this watch. It's almost becoming like second nature. And twice now I have accidentally left my iPhone at the house because I'm getting so used to doing everything on my Watch.

    This little wrist computer is nuts!
     
  2. orangerock macrumors regular

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    Great post and exactly how I plan to use my watch.
     
  3. oftheheavens macrumors 68000

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    Just today my son came out like it was emergency yelling daddy your phone is ringing!!! It scared him that he saw my phone and couldn't find me lol

    I would have WIGGED OUT if I left my phone inside while I was outside, now I don't even notice. I even find myself playing my iOS games less because I am not as tempted throughout the day to have my phone out.
     
  4. susan12369 macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree with you, and part of my self-justification for purchasing this was the prompts to get up and move more, as I too am on my 853rd time trying to lose weight.

    The rings are great, and I am looking forward to upping my goals soon. I also have noticed when I look at the graph in the Health app for steps over the past month, there is a noticeable difference in the before watch/after watch! This, to me, totally sells me on it and makes me very happy :p
     
  5. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I didn't really get the need for the Health app until I got my Watch, but now I have seen the light. The Watch feeds it steps, workouts, etc, My Fitness Pal feeds it calorie intake, and Health feeds step tracking and workouts to My Fitness Pal. But out of all of that passing back and forth of information, the only thing I really have to do is start/stop/save my workouts on the watch and input my food.
     
  6. flur macrumors 68000

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    This is how I use it also - glances for the things I need to see regularly and Siri for everything else. I've also minimized my glances - for instance, I don't need the maps glance because I can just ask Siri for directions and that's faster. Having fewer glances means less scrolling around.

    I've also arranged the app icons so that the ones that I use most that *don't* have glances are in the middle (and big) and I don't have to scroll around to get to them, I can just press the dial and tap the app I need. For the apps with glances, I just press the glance to get the app.

    I could shortcut things further by making use of complications, but I really like having an understated watch face.
     
  7. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I did the same thing with my app icons--favorites are in the middle and it moves out from there. Doing little things like this make the Watch much more efficient.
     
  8. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    If you have the rings on your watch face as a complication you can tap the rings to open the app. Scroll back and forth to view each ring detail and use the crown to scroll up for digital graph of the ring. After you're done just push in the crown to return to the watch face.

    No need to have the activity in the glances if its already on the watch face. You can of course but its faster to just click on the rings from the face.
     
  9. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, I can also launch it from the activity readout on my watch face, but I try to eliminate any crown clicking that's not necessary, so I save that for if I REALLY want detailed info. Otherwise, it's a swipe up and a swipe down for the glance.
     
  10. maconut macrumors member

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    This is one of the best threads I've read about the watch. Thanks!

    I'm also on my 853rd time trying to lose weight, and I'm also hoping the activity functions of the watch will help, if my watch ever shows up ;)
     
  11. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    You don't even need glances. Just tap the rings from the watch face. Opens the app to the right place.
     
  12. Cory Bauer macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, and then double-pressing the crown will return you to the previous app, which in this case would be the watch face.
     
  13. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

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    I exercise daily, but this watch helps me push even more. I never really know how much calories I burn, and I don't know how accurate the Apple Watch measures, but as long as it is consistent, I'll be pushing my goal of at least 700 calories a day. I'll adjust it over time.
     
  14. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I currently have mine set to 500, but I think I may up it to 600 next week. If I do one workout and one walk around the neighborhood a day, I could easily burn 600. Trying not to overdo it for the moment because I haven't done my workout routine in a year.

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    My goal is to eliminate the crown presses as much as I can. Just makes everything easier. But yeah, I know that's one way to do it.
     
  15. AtheistP3ace macrumors 6502a

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    This is exactly why I got the watch. For the fitness stuff. So far loving it and enjoying filling my rings up everyday. Glad you are falling in to a nice flow of use. I am still learning my own little ways of using it but loving every second.
     
  16. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Every day I find a new little tweak for it. Today I figured out that if I turn on my bluetooth speaker, the iPhone automatically connects to it and then I can remote control what plays through the speaker from my Watch. Comes in handy when we're grilling or entertaining outside.

    One thing I can't seem to decide on is whether I like the built in Weather glance or the Dark Sky glance better. For now, I think the Apple weather app has the edge.
     
  17. Julien macrumors G3

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    My favorite :apple:Watch Face too. Also you can just touch the CAL/MIN/HOUR Complication and it will take you straight to the Activity App.;)

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  18. CellXor10 macrumors regular

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    The Hand-off and general connectivity between the iPhone and the Apple Watch is definitely one of the highlights of the Watch IMO. The way they interact is (IMO- and experience) leaps and bounds better than the Continuity and general connectivity between the iPhone and my Macbook.
     
  19. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yep--this is almost exactly how I have mine configured aside from the color. Super convenient.
     
  20. Julien macrumors G3

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    I change color every day to 'mix' it up. I even change to match my shirt sometimes. :D
     
  21. mrboba1 macrumors regular

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    You can show the Cal/Min/Hr text in the Utility face as well, if you put it at the bottom.
     
  22. Julien macrumors G3

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    I use it sometimes too, but less detailed and not as much 'in your face'.:eek:
     
  23. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

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    I walk a lot, 3 hours a day, everyday. I can burn about 700 calories from what I've seen so far with my watch. For some reason it varies, sometimes less, sometimes more. Maybe depending on BPM because of environment (temperature varies on different days).

    Starting tomorrow, for the week coming up, I should be able to burn at least twice that much per day while I'm walking around at Disney World. I'll keep a monitor on it.

    I don't know how accurate the calorie measurements are, but hopefully it's consistent.
     
  24. Armen macrumors 604

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    The Apple watch definitely makes you self conscious about your activity levels and I appreciate that very much. Tracking steps was one thing with my 6+ but the Apple watch takes it a step further.
     
  25. spiderman0616 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So funny that you mention that--we're going to Disney World in December, and I was just thinking about that the other day: what will my activity levels be from walking around amusement parks for 4 days?
     

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