When it comes to a specific value proposition, Watch has become something akin to the iPhone. There isn’t a single reason to buy and use Watch. As with the iPhone, there are a few dozen reasons which add up to create a value proposition that is greater than the sum of the parts.
Anyway, that’s my perspective and I’m sticking to it. What else can you do with Watch to make it even more useful? Some are obvious, others are not, but all the options combine to make Watch more valuable.
Bigger Text – I wear glasses to see over there, but don’t need them to see over here, yet the text on Watch is smaller than my aging eyes prefer. Open the Watch app on your iPhone, select Brightness & Text Size, use the slider to adjust accordingly. I use the largest size. That makes Watch easier to read.
Find iPhone – Where’d my iPhone go? It was here a minute ago. Been there. Done that. Use Watch to find your iPhone by opening up Control Center (swipe up on the screen), select the iPhone icon with the wave, and press it. That makes a ‘ping’ sound on the iPhone. You’ll still need to be on the same Wi-Fi or within Bluetooth distance.
Delete Notifications – Got notification clutter? Delete them from the Watch screen. Swipe down, press and hold until the ‘X’ appears. Tap the ‘X’ and say goodbye to Notifications.
Calendar In Time – This is a cool way to use the Watch crown to view scheduled events– back in time or forward in time. Rotate the crown as needed.
Transfer Calls – So, you received a phone call and answered it on Watch but would prefer to use the iPhone. Again, use the crown. Rotate until you see Answer on iPhone. Tap. Done.
Low Power Mode – If your iPhone could use a few more hours to get through the day on a full charge, turn on Low Power Mode (Settings > Battery). I use it after charging my iPhone and it doubles battery life.
Kill Honeycomb Apps – Does anyone besides the engineers at Apple like that stupid honeycomb app launcher arrangement? Dumb. Icons, yes. Text, no. Switch it to a list. Force touch the app screen, select the List View option, swipe to scroll back and forth.
Left Handed – Yes, I’m a lefty and Watch lets you move the crown from upper right to lower left. Open iPhone Watch app, open General, tap Watch Orientation, select right or left. Watch handles the rest.
Adjust The Time – How many of us set our watches ahead a minute or two to give us an extra minute or two to be late? I used to do that but don’t because the math cluttered my head, but you can add a minute or two or more to Watch. Open Settings on Watch, tap on Time, then tap on +0 and rotate the crown to add or subtract minutes from the actual time.
Get Dry – If you showered with Watch or did a few laps in the pool with Watch, then Watch needs to be dried off from the inside. Swipe up to get Control Center, tap the water drop icon, rotate the crown as directed. That sends a blast of sound into the holes to remove the water.
Apple Pay – If you have Apple Pay on your iPhone then Watch can use the same credit card with little more than a double-tap on the side button (not the crown).
Complications – I use these more and more. Ron McElfresh explains the details on how to set them up because it is a bit convoluted, but the advantages are enormous. Each modular Watch face can have up to five complications which are little more than information displays that also launch an app. Swipe between Watch faces to create even more complications. This is so cool.
Watch is much like iPhone in that usability is greater than the sum of the parts.