Useful Tips, Tricks, and Walkthroughs for New Apple Watch Series 4 Owners

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    If you got a new Apple Watch Series 4 for the holidays, this article is for you. We've gathered up all of our Apple Watch-related how tos and guides to help you learn the ins and outs of your new Apple Watch.

    Even if you've had an Apple Watch before, the Apple Watch Series 4 introduces exclusive new features like the ECG function that lets you take a quick electrocardiogram right from your wrist. In the space below, we've organized our Apple Watch-related how tos into different categories for quick and easy access.


    If you didn't get an Apple Watch Series 4 but got an older Apple Watch model instead, many of these tips and tricks are still relevant.

    For Beginners

    [*]How to Force-Quit Misbehaving Apple Watch Apps
    [*]How to Add a Passcode to Your Apple Watch and What to Do if You Forget It
    [*]How to Specify Your Activity Type in the Apple Watch Workout App
    [*]How to Customize Your Apple Watch Workout Metrics
    [*]How to Customize Default Replies on Apple Watch
    [*]Using the Timer, Alarm, and Stopwatch Apps on Apple Watch
    [*]How to Make Icons and Fonts Bigger on Apple Watch
    [*]How to Use Apple Watch to Get Directions
    [*]How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones and Listen to Music on Apple Watch
    [*]How to Answer and Make Phone Calls on Apple Watch
    [*]How to Use the Activity and Workout Apps on Apple Watch
    [*]How to Send and Respond to Messages on Apple Watch
    [*]How to Use the Flashlight on Your Apple Watch
    Useful watchOS Tips

    [*]How to Browse the Internet on Apple Watch Through watchOS 5's WebKit Integration
    [*]How to Turn a Photo Into an Apple Watch Face
    [*]How to Use the Siri Raise to Speak Feature in watchOS 5
    [*]How to Use Walkie-Talkie
    [*]How to Use the Podcasts App
    [*]How to Start an Activity Competition With a Friend
    [*]How to Enable and Disable Automatic Workout Detection in watchOS 5
    Hidden Features

    [*]How to Control Apple TV Using Your Apple Watch
    [*]How to Customize the Monogram on Your Apple Watch
    [*]How to Unlock Your Mac With Your Apple Watch
    [*]How to Rearrange the Control Center Icons
    [*]How to Use Theater Mode on the Apple Watch
    [*]Top 10 Hidden Force Touch Features on Apple Watch
    Advanced Tricks

    [*]How to Divide Your Apple Watch Workouts into Segments
    [*]How to Stop Your Apple Watch From Launching the 'Now Playing' App When Audio Plays on Your iPhone
    [*]How to Use Emergency SOS on iPhone and Apple Watch
    [*]How to Get More Battery Life Out of Your Apple Watch
    Must-Watch Videos

    We've created a selection of useful videos that highlight tips, tricks, and other information that's useful if you're a new Apple Watch owner. Make sure to check them out!

    More Info

    Do you have useful Apple Watch tips and tricks that we've missed in our how tos and that new Apple Watch owners should know? Make sure to share them in the comments!

    If you want to know more about the Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch, make sure to check out our Apple Watch Series 4 and watchOS 5 roundups.

    Article Link: Useful Tips, Tricks, and Walkthroughs for New Apple Watch Series 4 Owners
  2. G5isAlive macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2003
  3. niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
  4. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
  5. miniyou64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2008
    Is there a way to not burn your eyeballs with the PWM flicker of the OLEDs?
  6. Dominicanyor macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2012
    Thanks for the info. I'm finally an apple watch 4 owner! So i'm looking for a screen protector for it and the many ones that i've seen they all have bad reviews. If anyone have screen protector for their apple watch and it works very well i would love the help. thanks!
  7. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
  8. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    An article that's nothing more than a compilation of older articles? Slow news day? :confused:

    Just kidding! :D

    Merry Christmas to MacRumors staff and members everywhere!
  9. coachgq macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    How long do you stare at your watch?
  10. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    I guess it depends on the activities you do are and if you needed a screen protector for a normal watch.

    Really? On the watch? Feel sorry for those select few who suffer from PWM on an Apple watch. I'd imagine most people don't actually look at their watch for more than a minute at a time. Reading or sending a text would be the longest I look at mine and if possible, I'll use siri for that.
  11. dilbert99 macrumors 68020

    Jul 23, 2012
    What do you mean by that? A person looking at the screen or someone looking at a recording of the screen?
    I have a series 1 watch and don't notice any flicker.
  12. Christoffee macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2012
    I love technology, but have never fancied a smart watch. I was not opposed to them, just didn’t fancy it.

    I got a Fitbit Versa for Christmas. I love it! It feels like a gateway drug to the Apple Watch! The Apple Watch is in my future now!
  13. DNAppleGold macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2009
    For most people a screen protector isn’t needed. I had a series 0 since and series 4 both since launch. The sport edition. I don’t baby them and have had no problem. If you’re wearing in situation with a lot of dust etc maybe. But I would think twice
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Quite a few forum members have used Armorsuit for the Series 4, adequate protection and it includes two screen protectors.
  15. bbednarz macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2017
    Do not do this. A couple of tiny scratches are much better than a piece of plastic covering your screen.
  16. miniyou64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2008
    Only Series 4 has OLED and has the PWM flicker problem.
  17. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I wish Apple would let us change complication colors as well. I love the Infograph face but it feels like I'm looking at a rainbow every time I check my watch.
  18. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
  19. Schizoid macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2008
  20. Col4bin macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2011
    El Segundo
    I once thought the same as you when receiving my Apple Watch Series 3 Nike Edition. Only took a month or so for those “tiny scratches” to turn into full fledge cracks and screen chipping/breaking. And this was all through normal wear and tear—not sports or anything extra curricular. If you are vain and can’t put a small protector on your screen, at least purchase an Apple Care warranty. (Or purchase the high end Apple Watch with sapphire screen.)
    --- Post Merged, Dec 26, 2018 ---
    My normal daily wear resulted in a severely damaged screen on my Apple Watch Series 3 Nike Edition. Not happy with the screen quality. Lesson learned.
  21. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Apple Watches have all had OLED screens from the very beginning.
  22. Jamers99 macrumors regular


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lutz, FL
    Some very handy tips here. I appreciate it. Thanks.
  23. dilbert99 macrumors 68020

    Jul 23, 2012
  24. miniyou64 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2008
    Wow, looks like you’re correct. My Series 0 doesn’t seem to give me any issues. But the Series 4 does. Thanks for this info, I learned something new.
  25. deckard666 macrumors 6502


    Jan 16, 2007
    Funny that - don’t notice on mine or my sisters or seen any mention on any review ever ...

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