Top 10 Apple tips

Force it to restart

The Apple Watch will sometimes get stuck without apparent reason. Maybe a third-party software has a bug or maybe it’s simply one of those times when you can’t push buttons on your Apple Watch. As the buttons aren’t working, it’s impossible to restart your watch. It is possible to restart the Apple Watch manually though. Press and hold the side button along with the Digital Crown until the Apple logo appears on screen.

Hear the time

Remember the talking clock? You can access the Speak Time setting by going to the Settings app, selecting Clock, and then selecting Speak Time. You can hear the time by placing two fingers on the watch face.

Transfer a call to your iPhone

An advantage of the Apple Watch is the ability to take a call from your wrist. Though if you want to continue the discussion on your iPhone, it’s not a problem.

  • Answer the call by tapping the green phone button on your watch face.
  • On your iPhone, tap the green phone button in the upper-left corner.
  • The call will now automatically transfer from your Apple Watch to the iPhone.

Use Siri as a HomePod translator

Wondering how to say something in another language? Wonder no more – Siri can translate English to French, German, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin. Simply ask, "Hey Siri, how do you say [word] in [language]?" to expand your vocabulary.

Hide sensitive data

Hiding sensitive complications from the Always On display is possible on Series 6.While the always-on display is on, data like your calendar appointments, messages, and heart rate can be hidden when the wrist is down. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone Navigate to Display & Brightness > Display & Brightness > Display & Brightness > Always On Hide Sensitive Complications may be turned on or off.

Use the Digital Crown to Navigate

The ‘digital crown’ on your watch acts similar to the home button on your iPhone performing many of the same functions such as activating Siri and accessing the home screen of your watch directly. Return to the home screen by tapping the digital crown twice. Double-tapping again brings you back to the previous app.

Change Siri's voice on your HomePod

Siri's British accent is very, very robotic, and after a while it can also get very, very irritating. Much more natural are the American ones on offer – both male and female – and the Australian one definitely has the most personality. Head into your iPhone or iPad's Home app, long press or 3D Touch the HomePod's tile and you get the options to switch up some of Apple's personal assistant's settings – language, default voice and the like. You can also choose to mute the Apple digital assistant, if you want.

Use the “Music/Now Playing Glance” to take Photos

Use the “Music/Now Playing Glance” The camera app in the Apple Watch allows you to remote-control and preview your iPhone camera. But how would you take a picture in third party apps like SnapChat or WhatsApp?Here is how: while the third party app is active on your iPhone, swipe up on your Apple Watch to accesses your glances screen then select the ‘Now Playing’ (Music) glance. Turn the Digital Crown on your watch as if changing the volume. This activates the camera shutter and you take a picture straight from your wrist. Another Apple Watch tip: You can tap on the live preview of your iPhone camera’s view on your watch to define what in the frame it should focus on, just like you can on the iPhone.

Grow your music trivia knowledge

Siri's musicologist skills aren't limited to skipping tracks, rewinding and fast forwarding. Apple's digital assistant is quite the music buff – it's got all the knowledge (well, it's got a direct link to Wikipedia, at least). While listening to a song, you can ask things like, "Hey Siri, who plays the drums in this band?"… "What year was this album released?"… "Tell me something about this artist" and so on. Every day is a school day with Siri.

Find your iPhone and Make it Flash

Ping and Find your iPhone You can use your Apple Watch to locate your misplaced iPhone. To use this feature, activate the settings screen on your Apple Watch and tap the iPhone icon that’s located around the bottom of the display. This sends a wireless signal to your phone causing it to ‘Ping’ loudly. Tap and hold the same button activates the phone’s flashing LED giving you visual help to locate it – an Apple Watch tip  especially helpful in a dark environment.