Top 10 Hidden Force Touch Features on Apple Watch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Force Touch is one of those Apple Watch features that's so discreet and unassuming it's easy for users to forget it even exists. That's a shame, because just like 3D Touch on iPhone, Apple has implemented the haptic feedback technology across the entire watchOS interface, putting additional hidden functionality right at your fingertips.

    In this article, we've collected 10 of our favorite Force Touch features that work on Apple's digital timepiece. Some are more well known than others, but hopefully you'll learn at least one thing new about what a firm press on your Apple Watch screen can do.

    1. Clear All Notifications


    The Apple Watch's notifications dropdown can get busy pretty quickly, especially if you often forget to dismiss an incoming alert after reading it. Rather than deleting notifications one by one, you can clear all of them with a Force Touch gesture. Simply press firmly on the Notifications panel and tap the Clear All option.

    2. Create and Remove Watch Faces

    To create a custom watch face with a background picture, open the Apple Watch Photos app and select a photo. Next, press firmly on the display, tap the Create Watch Face option that pops up, and then select the Photos Face. Alternatively, you can select Kaleidoscope Face to make the picture the basis of a new animating Kaleidoscope.


    When you're done, return to the current active watch face and swipe left or right to find your new creation. If you later decide you don't like your new watch face, press down on it to enter Customize Mode, and swipe up on the offending item to delete.

    3. Compose a New Message

    Opening the Mail and Messages apps, you'd be forgiven for thinking the Apple Watch only supports replies. That's because the option to compose a new message is revealed with a Force Touch gesture: Press firmly on the display and tap the New Message button that appears.


    You'll now be able to choose a recipient from your Contacts, input a subject if it's an email you're sending, and write your message using dictation, a scribble, or a short pre-defined phrase. Tap send when you're done.

    4. Change Move Goal and Get a Weekly Activity Summary


    Press down on the Activity screen to reveal a Weekly Summary option that shows how many times you've beaten your daily move goal so far this week.

    If you're beating your move goal far too easily - or if you need a little help closing that long red ring on a daily basis - press down on the Activity screen again and tap the Change Move Goal button to adjust the amount of calories you're aiming to burn.

    5. Stream Music to an AirPlay Device


    If you store music on your Apple Watch, you probably listen to it over connected Bluetooth headphones. But did you know it's also possible to stream it to any audio device that supports AirPlay?

    Next time you're on the Music app's Now Playing screen, press firmly on the display and tap the AirPlay button that appears. Choose a nearby AirPlay-supporting device from the list, and you're good to go.

    6. Share Your Location With a Contact


    To quickly send your location to someone in an iMessage, open the Messages app on your Apple Watch, select an existing conversation, and activate Force Touch by pressing firmly on the screen. Then simply select the Share Location option from the menu options that appear.

    If you haven't enabled it already, you'll be asked to let Messages access your location while using the app (allow it to, otherwise this feature won't work).

    7. Switch Map View and Search Local Amenities


    Whenever you're looking at a map in the stock Maps app, don't forget that you can change to the Transit/Public Transport view at any time with a simple Force Touch. The same action will also bring up the Search Here option, which lets you dictate or scribble a search term or look up local amenities by selecting from the Food, Shopping, Fun, and Travel submenus.

    8. Switch App Screen to List View


    To re-arrange Apple Watch apps in the standard Grid layout, long press the app in question and drag it to where you want it. If you still can't get on with the default Grid view, press down firmly on the screen and try the List view instead.

    9. Hourly Temperature Forecast and Chance of Rain


    The standard forecast display on the Apple Watch's stock Weather app shows the general weather conditions for the day ahead. But there are two more forecasts available to you. A firm press on the same screen will let you check either the likelihood of rain or any changes in temperature over the next 12 hours.

    10. Control Camera Settings Remotely


    It's not just the shutter of your iPhone's camera that you can remotely control from your wrist. With the Apple Watch Camera app open, press firmly on the screen to reveal a hidden submenu offering access to your iPhone's HDR, Flash, Live Photo, and Flip controls.

    Article Link: Top 10 Hidden Force Touch Features on Apple Watch
  2. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Why do they have all these great features and then hide them so people don’t even know they exist?
  3. MrGimper Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Found the one to switch apps to list view by accident a while ago. Now use this view all the time.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I Think partly it's because the Apple Watch can't expose every feature and they have to condense some of this information to make navigation easier with the Apple Watch with such a small display.

    But I see force touch much like 3D Touch, where Apple has not emphasized much of its functionality, leaving the user having to find it for themselves, which prohibits the user experience. None the less, useful technology if it was promoted more.
  5. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    Yep reason I also hate 3D Touch. Its just not intuitive or natural.


    had no idea this list view grid view thing was possible :eek:
  6. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    they need to figure out a way to let the users see where they can force/3d touch.... almost noone is going to hard press on everything just to try it out....
  7. MrGimper Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    List view is much better IMO
  8. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    If you never used an iOS device before how would you know how to attach a photo or video in a new mail message? Or select and copy/paste/look up text? How is Force/3D Touch any different than long press in terms of intuitiveness?
  9. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    They aren't hidden. That's like saying you never knew Mario could jump cause you never pressed the B button or why is copy and paste hidden away with a key command.
  10. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    They’re like right click, I believe.
  11. iLoveDeveloping macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2009
    HOW are they ‘hidden’? I’d say Apple is failing to tell users how to use devices and what the devices do. Like they used to!! Remember the iPhone or iPad websites at it told you everything that phone did, and how to use it as did some of their ads. Now it’s just pretty pictures and a buy button. Apple don’t care anymore about informing users they just think well, everyone should know by now. Such a stupid move. Anyway, these things aren’t hidden, I found all of these in about half hour of using my watch - but I understand a lot of users would never know, because Apple never told them. Dare I say Tim Cook’s name although at this point it’s probably more the top execs fault, Tim is just a face doing photo shoots, no one is running Apple anymore, Steve would be shoving his foot up their asses by now.
  12. TheQuest89 macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2018
    Already knew these force touch features existed. Nothing new to me.

    their are lot of secret features the average apple watch user don't realize they can play with.
  13. TrueBlou macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2014
    Good list this time chaps. Although there’s nothing new to me (no surprise there considering) there are going to be a lot of people who find at least a few of these tips new to them. I know if it wasn’t for me my wife, for instance, would have had no idea about many of the hidden features in iOS/watchOS.

    My personal favourite has got to be the list view for apps. I have never liked the shambles of the, well I won’t even call it a grid view. So the list view is a godsend to me. They had the perfect Watch app layout with the old iPod Nano’s way back. They should have kept a form of that as the default. Unless they plan to switch to a round screen at some point. Then I can see the disheveled layout fitting in more.
  14. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
  15. BaconFace McGee macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2018
    I knew 99% of these.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 30, 2018 ---
    I love Force Touch!! I use it all the time. I didn’t know about the grid view either.
  16. TheQuest89 macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2018

    you probably didn't know about it cause it feature on WatchOS 4 which has only been out for few months when Series 3 was releases. Which apple did show at WWDC 2017.
  17. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Yeah, I didn't know about it either, until just now - but why can't you reorder the list items? It'd be simpler to manage than rearranging the grid icons...
  18. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    I don’t buy the “force touch is too hidden” and neither do Apple’s sales, it would seem.

    How many things are “intuitive”, really? Acquiring the necessary skills for a task can take days, months and often years, and you’re telling me it’s too hard to google “where can I force touch”?
  19. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    Didn’t know about the clear notification one
  20. ErikGrim macrumors 68040


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    It’s one I use multiple times a day.
  21. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Wait, how does that math work? You knew 99% of 10 items? ;) :D
  22. miniyou64 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2008
    Thank you. People jumping all over me for what I said. Im a power user. I could figure out most of this stuff by playing around. Im gonna go ahead and say 90% of customers don’t know these features exist
  23. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Since 1990 I've noticed those in the corporate work space (Windows/Mac) ever increasingly are not aware of Copy/Cut/Paste keyboard command shortcuts. In my head I play out a role where I'm shaking and strangling those by the neck and wonder how on earth did they pass secondary education in any form! AI will truly wipe the floor with them.
  24. cweaver64 macrumors newbie


    Sep 16, 2017
    Very helpful thx. Had zero idea
  25. HMFIC03 macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2011
    Good to know, my wife and I have had every gen of the Watch and didn’t know these existed. Thanks!

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