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How to Change Scribble to Keyboard on Apple Watch
Tap a text field, swipe up, and tap one of the keyboard language options
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- Change Scribble to Keyboard
- Use a Bluetooth Keyboard on Apple Watch
- Use a Keyboard on an Older Apple Watch
- Frequently Asked Questions
What to Know
- On watchOS 8 and later, the keyboard is active by default. Tap a text field to bring up the keyboard.
- If Scribble is active when you tap a text field, swipe up and tap one of the keyboard language options.
- On older Apple Watches, download a third-party app like FlickType or WatchKey.
This article explains how to use a keyboard on your Apple Watch instead of Scribble.
If you have an Apple Watch running watchOS 8 or later, the built-in keyboard is available by default. Go to any app that lets you enter text and tap the text field. Tap the 123 icon on the keyboard to switch from letters to numbers. Tap Done or Cancel to close the keyboard.
If Scribble is active when you tap a text field, swipe up and tap one of the keyboard language options. To switch back to Scribble, swipe up on the keyboard and tap one of the Scribble language options.
Older Apple Watch devices only support the Scribble feature, which allows you to type text with your handwriting. However, it's possible to add a keyboard to an older Apple Watch.
How to Use a Bluetooth Keyboard on Apple Watch
You can also pair your Apple Watch with a Bluetooth keyboard.
Put your keyboard in pairing mode. Check the device's instructions for guidance.
On your Apple Watch, go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Keyboards .
Scroll down and tap the keyboard under Devices .
To adjust the keyboard settings, go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Keyboards .
How to Use a Keyboard on an Older Apple Watch
Older Apple Watches only support the Scribble feature, which allows you to type text with your handwriting. However, it's possible to add a keyboard to an older watch by downloading a third-party app such as FlickType or WatchKey.
Use FlickType on Apple Watch
Once you install FlickType for Apple Watch , open the app on your Watch and give it a try.
Type your message using the keyboard. If you want to use numbers or symbols, select the plus sign on the lower left side and pick one of those keyboards. To switch back, select ABC . Use the arrow in the lower right to backspace.
When you finish typing your message, select Send in the upper left corner.
A new text message window will open with your message populated. Complete the process by selecting a contact at the top and then send the message on its way.
FlickType offers some terrific features and settings. Open the app on your iPhone, make sure Watch Keyboard is selected at the top, and select the gear icon to open the settings.
- Theme : Give the keyboard a different color for a more personal look.
- Auto-correction : Spot and fix your typing mistakes as you make them.
- Slide to Type : Turn on if you'd like to use a swipe keyboard.
- Custom Dictionary : Turn on to help with specific words that you type often.
- Select favorite contact : Make messaging your friends and family quicker.
Select Done when you finish, and your changes will apply to the app on your Apple Watch immediately.
Use WatchKey on Apple Watch
After you install WatchKey for Apple Watch , open it on your Apple Watch and get ready to type. If you see an ad for the premium version that you want to dismiss for the moment, select the X on the top left of it.
Type your message using the keyboard. Select 123 for the numeric keyboard and ABC to return to letters. Use the arrow on the top left for a caps lock and the X on the top right to backspace.
When you complete your message, select Send on the bottom right.
A new text message window will open with your message ready to go. Finish by selecting a contact at the top and then send the message.
Like FlickType, WatchKey has several settings you can adjust and features you can check out. Open the app on your iPhone to view the following options.
- Watch Tutorial : Watch a helpful tutorial with tips on the Home tab.
- Add Your Custom Text : Your Abbreviation: Enter abbreviations as shorthand to generate full text.
- Font : Browse through fonts. Choose a different font, with over 60 styles to give your keyboard a more personal look.
- Settings (gear icon): Access assistance.
You can close the app when you're finished. Any changes will apply to the app on your Apple Watch instantly.
On Apple Watch, open Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Keyboards . Put keyboard in pairing mode, then scroll down to the Devices section and select your keyboard.
Make sure your iPhone is using iOS 15.1 or newer, then open Settings > Notifications . Select Apple Watch Keyboard , then turn off Allow Notifications .
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6 Ways to Type and Enter Text on an Apple Watch
You’ve got lots of options for entering text on your Apple Watch, so there’s always a convenient way to type on that tiny screen.
You need to enter text on your Apple Watch to reply to messages, search for apps on the watchOS App Store, enter a location in maps, add a new reminder, and more. Despite the small size, it’s possible to easily type on your Apple Watch.
Don’t get us wrong, you won’t be using your Apple Watch to write long notes and paragraphs of text. But for brief replies and doing basic tasks, here are all the ways to quickly type or enter text on your Apple Watch.
1. Use the QWERTY Keyboard on a Series 7 or Later
If you have an Apple Watch Series 7 or later, you can use a miniature version of the full-QWERTY keyboard. This appears by default when you tap in a text field.
To use it, tap the keys to enter the text like you’re accustomed to on any other touchscreen. Plus, thanks to QuickPath, you can also swipe or slide your finger over the letters to enter words. As Apple puts it, the new keyboard "utilizes on-device machine learning to anticipate the next word based on the context, making text entry easier and faster."
You also have other handy icons on this keyboard, like emoji, dictation, numbers, a delete key, and a space bar. Compared to other methods, this one is the easiest and most familiar way to type on an Apple Watch.
2. Use Scribble to Enter Text
With Scribble, all you need to do is draw the letter or number you want to type on the tiny screen with one finger. Your Apple Watch will recognize it and type the correct entry when you lift your finger or finish drawing the letter. You can also enter periods, commas, dashes, colons, slashes, dollar signs, and other such symbols by drawing them with your finger.
The Scribble keyboard on Apple Watch works fairly well and, in most cases, you’ll have no problem entering text by scribbling. However, at times, letters like "o" for the word "com" may be tricky, as the Apple Watch could enter "0" (zero) instead.
While scribbling, if you want to use emojis or dictation, tap their respective icons. To exit, tap Cancel .
Related: How to Instantly Find Emojis on Your iPhone Using Predictive Emojis
How to Make Corrections While Using Scribble
While scribbling, if you misspelled a word, just tap the delete button to remove it. Then turn the Digital Crown to move the cursor to the desired place.
To delete an entire word, tap the word and it’ll have a green rectangle around it. After that, tap the delete button to remove it.
Scribble also lets you use predictive text. For this, tap a word and then rotate the Digital Crown to see suggested words. Once you find the right suggestion, stop turning the Digital Crown.
3. Use Dictation to Enter Text
When you’re out on a run or in a situation where it’s tough to type or scribble, dictating the text is a great alternative. To do so, tap the microphone button and say what you want to type. Your Apple Watch will show the transcript of your voice on the screen. When done, tap Send , Reply , Search , or the appropriate option.
The dictation feature requires your Apple Watch to be connected to the internet, whether independently (Wi-Fi or LTE on cellular models) or via a paired iPhone. It sends information like your voice input, contacts, and location to Apple for processing. Some dictation languages can also work on-device after your Apple Watch downloads the required data and saves it locally.
When your watch isn’t connected to the internet and an on-device file isn’t downloaded, it will say Dictation Not Available . In this situation, scribble with your finger or use the QWERTY keyboard to type.
4. Use Quick Replies on the Apple Watch
When you get a notification from the Messages app, WhatsApp, and other similar services on your Apple Watch, you’ll see short pre-written replies as suggestions. Tap one to reply instantly without having to enter any text manually. These suggestions are also available below the reply text field in Apple Watch Messages and Mail apps.
What’s even better is that you can use the Watch app on your iPhone to effortlessly customize these default Quick Replies and even add your own. The new and custom replies will show up almost instantly on your Apple Watch.
5. Use Your iPhone Keyboard to Type on Your Apple Watch
Suppose you start entering text on your Apple Watch. During this, if your iPhone is nearby and its screen is awake, you’ll get a notification that says Apple Watch Keyboard Input . Tap it. After that, you can type more comfortably on the big iPhone keyboard instead.
What you type appears in real-time on your Apple Watch screen. When done, tap the enter key on the iPhone keyboard or finish it on your Apple Watch.
This is similar to typing on your Apple TV using your iPhone .
6. Use a Third-Party Keyboard for Your Apple Watch
Besides the above methods, you can also try using a third-party watchOS keyboard.
However, almost all of them require payment before you can type with them. Plus, third-party Apple Watch keyboards only act as an app to type something and share it via Messages or similar services. You can’t use them as a system-wide Apple Watch keyboard to search for apps, add reminders, enter maps destination, and such.
In other words, the Apple Watch doesn’t have the same third-party keyboard support as an iPhone. Due to watchOS restrictions, third-party keyboards have limited functions. And, in most cases, you shouldn’t spend your money on them.
If you wish to try some despite that, here are some third-party keyboard apps for Apple Watch:
- FlickType (Free, in-app purchases available)
- WatchKey (Free, in-app purchases available)
- Shift Keyboard ($2.99)
As mentioned earlier, although the app may be free to download, you’ll have to upgrade to make use of it.
Entering Text on an Apple Watch
These are all the ways to enter text on your Apple Watch. Use them to reply to messages, send emails, and more from your wrist. If none of them feel convenient enough for you, you can also use Siri to do anything that requires entering text. For example, you can ask Siri to send a message or search for apps so you don’t even need to touch your Apple Watch, let alone type on it.
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How do you type a zero in apple watch scribble...
When it's part of a password, like for a WIFI, you can't turn the crown to change the "o" into 0. So now I can't fully use my apple watch because I can't download anything.
Edit: You have to tap on the "o" quickly before it turns into a dot. Then use the crown!
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- Apple Watch "keyboard" typing Does anyone know how to type the numeral 0 (zero) on the Apple Watch? I've tried to scribble a 0 with a line through it without success. I've come to the conclusion that it's not possible. Guess I'll have to change my Apple ID password again...... 2805 1
- Zero vs Letter o My watch wants me to enter my password which has a zero and it is recognizing it as the letter o. I can’t draw it on my watch so that it recognizes it as a zero. How can I draw a zero? 3610 2
- iPhone keyboard with Watch How do I use the iPhone keyboard to enter a complicated password on my Watch? Using the "scribble" feature is impossible for me. So far I have not run across how to link to the phone keyboard on purpose, but I have had it do that by accident that I don't seem to be able to repeat. I'm sure there is an easy way, Just can't find it. 670 2
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How to use scribble to write messages on your apple watch.
In the earlier days of the Apple Watch, when you needed to enter text, you had to either use a canned response, an emoji, a doodle, or speak your message aloud and hope the watch would transcribe it correctly.
In the earlier days of the Apple Watch, when you needed to enter text, you had to either use a canned response, an emoji, a doodle, or speak your message aloud and hope the watch would transcribe it correctly. However, that has changed with watchOS 3.
Scribble is a new feature in watchOS 3, and is available in apps where you can enter text. No, they haven’t built an entire keyboard into the small watch screen. Scribble allows you to actually write letters on your watch’s screen to enter text. As you write, your handwritten letters are turned into text. It's a little slow (Palm Pilot, anyone?) but it works.
We’re going to show how to use Scribble in the Message app, but you can also use it in email apps and other apps where you enter text. Press the digital crown to access the app screen and then tap the Messages app icon.
Tap on the conversation for the person to whom you want to write a message.
In addition to the usual buttons (voice, emoji, and digital touch), you’ll see the new Scribble button. Tap on it.
A screen displays with a dotted grid area. Write letters in this area, one at a time. You can do it quickly, writing one letter on top of the previous one.
The letters you write are converted to text above the grid area as you write. There’s a “Space” bar at the bottom and a backspace button in the lower-right corner to delete letters, if something wasn’t interpreted correctly. Once you’ve written at least one letter, the up and down arrow button becomes available on the right. Tap this button to access the predictive text list based on what you written so far. You can also access predictive text by turning the digital crown.
For example, we wrote “Test” and then tapped the button. The predictive text list displays and we turn the digital crown to scroll through the list until we find the word we want to use. Once you stop turning the digital crown, the word pointed to by the green arrow is automatically selected and entered for you.
Once you’re finished writing your message, tap “Send”.
The text of the written message displays on the watch’s screen (and on your phone) as part of the conversation, just as if you typed it on your phone…
…and the message displays on the recipient’s phone the same way.
You can access options for the Scribble feature by doing a force touch on the Scribble button in the conversation view.
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You can choose a language, although, for us, the only language currently available is English. Also, instead of trying to describe to someone where you are, you can send your location to them so they know exactly where you are. Tapping “Reply” simply returns you to the conversation screen (pictured above) so you can choose a method for sending your reply.
Tapping “Details” on the options screen, displays the contact options for that person, making it quick to change to a different method of contact.
Scribble is a really handy feature, allowing you to use your watch to communicate without having to speak when it’s not prudent to do so. And, it seems, we’ve come full circle now that 90’s technology is being integrated into the latest devices.
How to master the Scribble feature on Apple Watch
Scribble can be awesome. It allows Apple Watch users to discreetly scrawl text replies on their wrists, no iPhone keyboard necessary. For all its glory, in the wrong environment it can appear outright fiddly, especially on the smaller screen model and even more especially if uninitiated to the software. Oddly, there is not that much information out there on the sweet feature, which is inconsequential and not conducive to Scribble’s future place in watchOS.
Behind the curtain, Scribble has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that will appreciably lift your game at writing on the watch, both in terms of speed and technique. So no matter if you are a regular user of the feature or have abandoned it a while ago, let’s shine a light on a couple of knacks and see if it is going to better your relationship with Scribble.
Typing, or better drawing, on your Apple Watch can unquestionably give birth to a lot of frustration, most notably when the software flat-out refuses to comply. Nothing is more aggravating than watchOS recurrently mistaking your input for the wrong letters or having to start all over again since you want to make small changes in your wording. Luckily, there are smart solutions for most of those grievances. Not so luckily, Apple is a little cagey about them.
Not necessarily to steal a march on them, here are the tricks that will make you more adept at texting from your wrist:
Quickly correct letters Scribble misreads
Personally, letters such as I, J, L – especially at the beginning of a sentence – watchOS routinely misinterprets on my watch. It’s borderline infuriating to delete the first letter and write it again some ten times to absolutely no avail.
Thankfully, if and when there is no learning effect kicking in on Apple Watch, you can override Scribble’s interpretation by the use of one simple trick: write the character, wait for watch to register the input (wrongly) and you will notice two subtle arrows (pointing up and down) appear alongside the letter.
Now simply start twisting your Digital Crown and you will be able to skim through an array of alternative characters watchOS has picked up. Nine times out of ten, this will include the letter you were after originally. Scroll until the little green arrow on your left points at it and let go of the crown.
Correct words or let Scribble complete words
If you’re feeling lazy and cannot be bothered to type out a word in its full entirety, throw watchOS a couple of characters and start twisting the crown to complete the word for you. Naturally, the more characters you input, the more reliable the suggestions.
This for example makes it extremely swift to type daytimes: draw a ‘2’ and immediately start scrolling, for it will quickly suggest ‘2PM’ and ‘2AM’. Once adopted, this is an excellent shortcut to boost your technique.
Scroll sideways to fill in missing words
If you need to know your exact wording in an earlier sentence or want to rephrase, there is no need to delete your carefully edged words. Instead, touch anywhere on the string of words and swipe to the right to scroll backwards. Conversely, swipe left to move back to the end of your sentences. Tap anywhere in between your words in order to add words or missing punctuation. WatchOS does not boast the magnifying glass functionality you can find in iOS just yet.
Change words typed in previous sentences
Encore: double-spaces equal full stop
Caught somewhere between valuable advice and no-brainer, keep in mind that on both iOS and watchOS, hitting the space bar twice will result in a full stop. This is a minor knack that trickled down from your iPhone’s OS, but it again measurably speeds up your writing.
As soon as your first sentence is done, quickly double hit the SPACE icon at the bottom of the screen and uninterruptedly keep going. This way there is no need to draw a dot on the large input screen and wait for the period to be placed at the end of your sentence. This is a small one admittedly, however it does add up over time.
Some of these gestures are hopefully going to help you master Scribble (if necessary) or at the minimum curb the gripes you may have had with the writing tool.
Are you bearish or bullish on Scribble? Let us know in the comments!
How To : The Secret to Typing in All Caps on Apple Watch
There's no default keyboard on the Apple Watch , but watchOS has another way to let you type text out for emails, messages, music searches, and more on the small display, and that's Scribble. With it, you simply draw letters and other characters on the screen with your finger, then your watch converts that into plain text. However, it's not perfect, and getting the nuances of regular typing can be tough.
Typing Capital Letters on the Watch Can Be Difficult
If you've ever tried scribbling out words in all caps, you know what I mean. When watchOS thinks you drew a capital letter, that's what it displays, but it can confuse your capital letter with a lowercase one. The letters C, I, J, K, M, O, P, S, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z are particularly troublesome, and even F, T, and other characters can easily be mistaken as something else based on your scribble.
Many times, when watchOS confuses one of your capital letters as a lowercase character, it will then change part of the word — or even the whole thing — to lowercase.
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Traditionally, this is where the predictive text feature comes in handy. If your watch mistypes a word, you can either tap the up-and-down arrows next to the word or simply turn the Digital Crown to see a list of predictive alternatives to choose from. In the ideal capitalization scenario, your word will appear here in all caps, allowing you to conveniently select it and continue crafting your message.
Of course, that's not what often happens. Frequently, you'll scroll through the predictive text options without a single one in all caps, especially with longer words where the glyphs for the letter case look similar. For example, the majuscule "COMPOST" looks nearly identical to the minuscule "compost," and it's more likely to prefer the latter because of sentence casing.
Luckily, there is a fool-proof way to type in all caps every time on Apple Watch.
How to Guarantee an All-Caps Message
The trick to securing an all-caps message every time is to use the predictive text feature whenever watchOS decides to make a capital letter lowercase. If you were to type "SOMETHING," for example, and watchOS autocorrects the "O" to an "o," scroll up on the Digital Crown and choose the "SO" option.
Continue this strategy any time the system changes the letter or letters to lowercase, and by the end of the word, predictive text will give you all caps.
That's not to say that waiting until you're done typing will never work. On the contrary, it might work just fine for some words! But you could find the next word you type in all caps won't have the option you need in predictive text, forcing you to type to word all over again. If you're looking for guaranteed results, this trick is the way to go.
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The Apple Watch is a valuable communication tool if you know how to use it right! Texts can be received and read as well as sent directly from your wrist. You can respond by using Scribble, dictation, emojis, Memoji, Animojis, and Digital Touch. I will also teach you how to get a keyboard on Apple Watch and give you some troubleshooting tips.
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You can use your Apple Watch to send and receive texts. You can also view all your text messages directly on your iPhone. Any text that is on your iPhone’s Messages app will also be stored on your Apple Watch. To learn more about your Apple Watch, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.
If you have a Wi-Fi watch, you will need to have your iPhone within Bluetooth range to access its cellular service and the internet to be able to use your watch to send and receive texts and calls. A cellular Apple Watch can make calls and send messages without an iPhone. For tips on making phone calls on your Apple Watch, read this .
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There are several ways to send a text message from your Apple Watch. The most obvious way is to go through the Messages app where you can do cool things like use custom replies to save you time !
If you have Siri activated on your watch, you can use it to send a text to a contact. There are three ways to activate Siri on your Apple Watch .
When texts come in on your Apple Watch, there are several ways to respond. Keep in mind that you get notifications on either your watch or your phone. If your iPhone is unlocked, the text notification will appear there. However, you can still respond from your Apple Watch by opening the Messages app from your Home screen.
7 Ways to Respond to Texts on Apple Watch
When a new text message comes in, or you want to send one to a contact, there are several response options. If your Apple Watch stops receiving texts, check out this troubleshooting article .
- Send a Text Message Using Dictation
- Send a Message with Scribble
- Use a Preset Reply to Send an Apple Watch Text
- Create Custom Preset Replies for Quick Apple Watch Texting
- Send an Emoticon or Emoji as a Text Message
- Respond to an Apple Watch Text with a Memoji or Animoji
- Send a Text Message Using Digital Touch
1. Send a Text Message Using Dictation
My personal favorite is dictation because it is the fastest way to get your message across.
Pro Tip: You can punctuate your message by saying “exclamation mark” at the end of the sentence. You can do the same with other punctuation marks and symbols such as a hashtag or dollar sign.
2. Send a Message with Scribble
If you find yourself somewhere loud where dictation won't work or if you are in a public space and want to keep your text private, Scribble is an excellent option. It makes it possible to send a message discreetly, but it can be a little frustrating because you need to write one letter at a time.
3. Use a Preset Reply to Send an Apple Watch Text
Sometimes all you need to say is a simple “yes,” “no,” or “okay.” Or you want to quickly say, “I’m driving, and I’ll respond later.” You can do this easily on your Apple Watch.
4. Create Custom Preset Replies for Quick Apple Watch Texting
At iPhone Life, we use Slack to communicate, so if a colleague texted me about something work-related, I’d probably want to respond with, “I’ll slack you.”
Pro Tip: You can write a long message to use as a suggested response. This can be useful if you are on holiday and have customers or clients reaching out, and you want to refer them to a colleague and let them know when you are back from your holiday.
Edit Existing Suggested Responses
To edit existing suggested responses, open Default Replies under Messages in the Watch app on your iPhone and tap a reply to change it. If you tap Edit in the Default Replies setting, you can also reorder the replies as necessary.
5. Send an Emoticon or Emoji as a Text Message
Sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words, and a simple emoticon can convey all you want to say.
6. Respond to an Apple Watch Text with a Memoji or Animoji
Personalize your message with a cartoon version of your face in a fitting expression!
You can learn more about creating a personalized Memoji here .
7. Send a Text Message Using Digital Touch
Digital Touch is an animated drawing that will play a video of the strokes you make to create an image.
Apple Watch 7 and newer models have a full sized keyboard built-in that makes texting a breeze. But if you have an older watch and these seven existing methods of texting just don’t suffice, you can always download a keyboard app for Apple Watch! WatchKey: Keyboard for Watch (Free) is a great option. The app itself and the regular keyboard are free, but for a one-time fee of $9.99 or $3.99 monthly ($1.99 weekly,) you can get access to a T9 keyboard with a glide texting feature and more!
To send a message using WatchKey:
This Apple Watch keyboard app is one of many out there, but it has some of the best reviews. I still find it easier to use the built-in texting options, but it can be great for anyone who is patient enough to tap the tiny letters.
Since your Apple Watch needs to be connected to Wi-Fi and your iPhone or have a cellular signal, the first thing you should do is double-check your connectivity. It is also essential to make sure that your watch and phone are running on the latest software. If this doesn't help, follow these steps to troubleshoot Apple Watch not receiving texts .
Now you know several ways to send messages and respond to incoming texts on your Apple Watch. When a text comes in, there will be a red dot on your watch face. There is no specific text message icon but rather a new notification alert. Don't forget that you can still access them in the Messages app after you read new text messages. Next, learn how to delete your Apple Watch texts in bulk to free up some storage!
Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.
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How To Change Scribble To Keyboard On Apple Watch
The Apple Watch is a revolutionary device that offers incredible convenience, style, and functionality. With its intuitive design and powerful features, it's no wonder that the Apple Watch has become one of the most popular smartwatches around. One of the most exciting features of the Apple Watch is its ability to switch between Scribble and Keyboard input for text entry. With this feature, you can quickly and easily enter text with either your finger or Apple Pencil.
If you're an Apple Watch user who wants to take advantage of this feature, here's how to switch from Scribble to Keyboard:
1. Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch and select Accessibility > VoiceOver > Keyboards.
2. Put the keyboard in pairing mode by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and tapping on the keyboard under Devices.
3. To turn off Scribble input, open Settings on your device again and select Apple Pencil from the menu on the left side of the screen.
4. On the Apple Pencil settings screen, toggle Scribble off by sliding it to “Off” (or “None”).
5. Now when you open Messages on your Apple Watch, tap New Message, select Contact and Create Message as usual. When you're ready to type your message, tap the text field to bring up a Qwerty keyboard instead of a Scribble pad — this means that you can now use either your finger or an Apple Pencil for text entry!
6. If you want to convert handwriting into typed text using Markup on your watch, simply tap Handwriting (to the left of the pen icon) when composing a message — then write with an Apple Pencil as usual; Scribble will automatically convert your handwriting into typed text!
That concludes our tutorial for switching between Scribble and Keyboard input for text entry using an Apple Watch! We hope this guide has been helpful in getting started with using this convenient feature!
Using Keyboard on Apple Watch
To get a keyboard on your Apple Watch, you will need to go to the Settings app. Once there, select Accessibility and then VoiceOver. Under VoiceOver, select Keyboards and then put the keyboard in pairing mode. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on the keyboard under Devices. This will connect your Apple Watch to the keyboard and enable you to use it with your watch.
Turning Off Scribble Mode on an Apple Watch
To turn off the Scribble function on your Apple Watch, open the Settings app. Tap General, then select Keyboard. From there, toggle off the Scribble option. This will disable all Scribble features on your Apple Watch, including text recognition and handwriting shortcuts.
Using a QWERTY Keyboard on an Apple Watch
To get the Qwerty Keyboard on your Apple Watch, first open Messages. Then tap New Message and select Contact to create a message. Next, you'll need to enable the Qwerty Keyboard by pressing firmly on the screen with your finger and swiping up to reveal additional options. When you see the Qwerty Keyboard icon, tap it and the keyboard will appear. You can then type your message and navigate with the Digital Crown. When done typing, tap Done to send your message.
Troubleshooting Apple Watch Keyboard Issues
Your Apple Watch may not be showing the keyboard if you haven't enabled it. To enable the keyboard, go to your Apple Watch Settings app and tap on General, then tap Keyboard. You'll need to toggle on Allow Full Access and confirm your selection. Once this is done, you should be able to access the keyboard whenever you need to type something on your Apple Watch. If you still don't see the keyboard, swipe up from the bottom of your screen, then tap the Keyboard button.
The Inability to Use the Apple Watch Keyboard
Unfortunately, Apple does not offer a keyboard for any model of the Apple Watch. The only way to use a keyboard with an Apple Watch is to install a third-party app. The Apple Watch does not have the necessary hardware components, such as a full-size keyboard and Bluetooth connectivity, to support a keyboard. Additionally, the watchOS software is not designed to be compatible with keyboards. Therefore, if you want to type on your Apple Watch, you will need to use an app from the App Store or another third-party source.
Using an iPhone as a Keyboard for an Apple Watch
Using your iPhone as a keyboard for your Apple Watch is easy! First, make sure that your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected via Bluetooth. Then, when you're using an app on your Apple Watch that requires text input, you'll get a notification that says “Apple Watch Keyboard Input.” Tap this notification to open the iPhone keyboard on your iPhone. You can then type directly into the app on your Apple Watch using the keyboard on your iPhone. You can also access other functions, like copy and paste, from the same menu. When you're done, tap Done to close the keyboard and return to the app on your watch.
Typing Text on an Apple Watch
To type text on your Apple Watch, you can use Scribble or the Predictive Text feature. To use Scribble, you'll need to open the Keyboard by swiping up from the bottom of your watch face and then tapping on the Keyboard button. Once the Keyboard is open, you can use your finger to write out each character of your message. If you need to make any corrections to your message, you can turn the Digital Crown to move the cursor into position and then make your edit.
Alternatively, you can also use Predictive Text by tapping on a suggested word as it appears above the keyboard. You can keep tapping on suggested words until your message is complete.
Enabling Handwriting on Apple Watch
To turn on handwriting on your Apple Watch, open the message you want to reply to. Scroll down and below the message, you'll see the Scribble icon; tap it. You can then write your response using your finger as if it were a pen. To add a suggested response, tap the emoji icon at the bottom of the screen and select one of the suggested responses.
Does the Apple Watch Series 7 Feature Scribble?
The Apple Watch Series 7 does offer a feature called Scribble, which allows you to use your finger or the Apple Pencil to write on the screen. This feature can be used to quickly enter text by scribbling out words or letters. To enable Scribble, go to Settings > General > Keyboard and enable it. You can then use Scribble by tapping on the text field with the pen or finger and writing out whatever you want to type.
The Apple Watch is an incredibly useful tool for staying connected, staying active, and staying organized. It features a wide variety of features that make it easy to do everything from tracking your fitness goals to sending messages and e-mails. With the ability to customize watch faces and apps , you can make your Apple Watch truly your own. With its intuitive interface and long battery life, the Apple Watch is truly a revolutionary device that can help you stay connected and reach your goals with ease.
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For those who have an Apple Watch, you’ve likely used the Scribble feature to respond to messages or Siri commands. While this function is handy, sometimes typing out a message using a keyboard may be more efficient. In this article, we’ll explain how to change Scribble to keyboard on your Apple Watch.
Step One: Access Messages
To start, you’ll want to access the Messages app on your Apple Watch. Swipe up on your watch face to reveal your apps, then find the Messages app and tap on it.
Step Two: Create a New Message
Once you’re in the Messages app, you’ll want to create a new message by tapping on the green icon at the top right-hand corner. This will prompt a new message to populate.
Step Three: Tap on Scribble
Instead of using Scribble as your message input, tap on the Scribble icon to reveal a new option where you can switch to a keyboard input. This icon looks like a small pen next to the text box at the bottom of the screen.
Step Four: Choose a Keyboard
Now you can choose the keyboard input for your message. There are three options, each denoted by a different keyboard icon: QWERTY, letter-to-letter, and emoji. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
Step Five: Begin Typing
Once you’ve selected your keyboard input, you can begin typing your message. Your Apple Watch keyboard will look familiar, but with a few important differences. Namely, the keyboard is significantly smaller than those on your phone or laptop. As you type, your suggestions will appear above the keyboard, which can help you type more quickly and accurately.
Step Six: Send Your Message
Once you’ve completed your message, tap on the arrow in the blue circle at the bottom right-hand corner to send it. If you change your mind and want to switch back to Scribble, tap on the Scribble icon again to do so.
Changing Scribble to keyboard on your Apple Watch isn’t difficult, but it can take a bit of getting used to. By following these steps, you’ll be able to send messages on your watch more quickly and easily than ever before. So next time you need to reply to a message, give the keyboard a try and see how it works for you!
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How to type in an Apple Watch text field using your iPhone's keyboard
You don't have to type using the tiny watchOS keyboard!
New Apple Watches , including the Apple Watch Ultra , have larger displays when compared to some of their predecessors. Despite that, though, their screens are still relatively tiny, especially if you're attempting to type on the miniature keyboard included in watchOS 9 . And while you can use speech-to-text as an alternative to typing on the small display, that's not always convenient for users. Fortunately, you can use your iPhone's keyboard to type in a text field on your Apple Watch. This is handy in cases when your Apple Watch prompts you to input your Apple ID's password or if you're logging into a watchOS app that doesn't automatically log you in through its iOS counterpart. To type on the Apple Watch using your iPhone's keyboard, follow the steps we've listed below.
Typing on watchOS the iOS keyboard
- Make sure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on both your Apple Watch and iPhone.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Go to the Notifications section.
- Click on the text field on your Apple Watch.
- Bring your iPhone close to the smartwatch and unlock it.
- Tap the Apple Watch Keyboard notification and start typing. The text will automatically be transferred to the relevant field on watchOS in real-time.
This handy feature isn't designed for when you're merely replying to a message. After all, it makes much more sense to just type the reply in the Messages app on your iPhone instead of sending it through the smartwatch using the iOS keyboard. Instead, you can use it when you're forced to type something on your Apple Watch, such as the occasional Apple ID password confirmation or when connecting to a Wi-Fi network that iCloud Keychain hasn't yet synced from your iPhone to your Apple Watch.
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With advancements in technology, our devices are becoming smaller and more portable, allowing us to complete tasks on the go. The Apple Watch is a prime example of this, offering a compact and convenient way to stay connected. While it may have a small screen, the Apple Watch proves to be more capable than meets the eye. One of its impressive features is the ability to use a keyboard directly on the device, allowing users to type out messages and notes quickly and efficiently.
In this article, we will explore how to use the keyboard on the Apple Watch. Whether you want to send a text message, jot down a quick note, or respond to an email, the keyboard function on your Apple Watch can come in handy. We will guide you through setting up the keyboard, using it effectively, and even provide some helpful tips and tricks along the way.
So, if you’re ready to master the art of typing on your Apple Watch, let’s dive in!
Setting up the Keyboard
Before you can start using the keyboard on your Apple Watch, you need to ensure that it is set up properly. Thankfully, the process is simple and straightforward. Here’s how you can get started:
- First, make sure your Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone. The keyboard feature relies on the connection between the two devices.
- Next, open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and navigate to “My Watch.”
- Scroll down and tap on “General.”
- Select “Keyboard” from the list of options.
- Here, you can toggle on the “Enable Dictation” option if you want to use voice input on your keyboard as well.
- Additionally, you can choose to enable Auto-Capitalization and Auto-Correction for a smoother typing experience.
- Once you’ve made your desired selections, the keyboard will be set up on your Apple Watch.
It’s important to note that the keyboard feature is only available on Apple Watch Series 3 and later models, running watchOS 7 or later. If you have an earlier model or older software version, you may not have access to the keyboard functionality.
With your keyboard all set up, you are now ready to start using it on your Apple Watch. Let’s move on to the next section to learn how to make the most out of this feature.
Using the Keyboard
Now that you have the keyboard set up on your Apple Watch, let’s explore how you can use it effectively. Here are the key steps to using the keyboard on your Apple Watch:
- When you need to access the keyboard, simply open an app that requires text input, such as Messages, Notes, or Mail.
- To bring up the keyboard, either tap on the text field or use the digital crown to scroll down to the input area.
- You will see the keyboard appear on your Apple Watch screen. It may look small, but the keys are designed to be easy to tap.
- Use your finger to tap on each letter or character you want to input. The selected key will enlarge briefly to indicate your selection.
- As you type, the text will appear in the text field above the keyboard, giving you real-time feedback on what you’re typing.
- If you need to enter a number or special character, tap on the “#123” button to switch to the symbol keyboard. When you’re done, tap on the “ABC” button to return to the letter keyboard.
Keep in mind that the Apple Watch keyboard is designed for quick and concise messaging. It may not be suitable for composing long paragraphs or extensive emails. However, for short messages and quick notes, it is a convenient option to have on your wrist.
Now that you know the basics of using the keyboard on your Apple Watch, let’s move on to some tips for typing efficiently.
Typing on the Keyboard
When it comes to typing on the keyboard of your Apple Watch, efficiency is key. The small screen size calls for some techniques to make the most out of your typing experience. Here are some tips to help you type quickly and accurately:
- Use your fingertip or the tip of your fingernail to tap on the keys. This will provide better precision than using the pad of your finger.
- Take advantage of predictive text. The Apple Watch keyboard offers suggestions as you type, making it faster to select frequently used words. Simply tap on the suggested word above the keyboard to input it into your text.
- To capitalize a letter, tap on the shift key (the up arrow) before typing the letter. To enable caps lock, double-tap the shift key.
- If you need to input an uppercase letter in the middle of a word, tap and hold the shift key, then slide your finger to the desired letter. Release the key, and the letter will be capitalized.
- Utilize the “quick path” feature for inputting words. Instead of tapping on individual letters, you can slide your finger across the keyboard, touching each desired letter, without lifting your finger. The Apple Watch will interpret the movement and suggest the word you intended to type.
- Remember to proofread your message before sending. Due to the small screen, it’s easier to make typos on the Apple Watch keyboard. Take a moment to review your message and correct any errors before sending it.
By incorporating these tips into your typing routine, you’ll be able to breeze through messages and input text more efficiently on your Apple Watch keyboard.
Next, let’s explore how you can insert emojis to add some personality to your messages.
Emojis are a fun and expressive way to enhance your messages and add a touch of personality to your conversations. Fortunately, you can easily insert emojis while using the keyboard on your Apple Watch. Here’s how:
- To access the emoji keyboard, tap on the emoji button located at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard. It looks like a smiley face.
- You will now see a selection of emojis to choose from. Use your finger to scroll through the available options.
- Tap on the emoji you want to insert into your message. It will appear in the text field above the keyboard.
- If you want to switch back to the letter keyboard, tap on the “ABC” button.
- Keep in mind that the emoji collection on the Apple Watch may be slightly limited compared to other devices. However, it still includes a wide range of popular emojis to suit your expressions.
- After inserting the emoji, you can continue typing your message or send it right away.
Emojis can help convey your emotions and make your messages more engaging, especially when words alone may not suffice. Experiment with different emojis to find the ones that best express your thoughts.
Now that you know how to insert emojis, let’s move on to the next section to learn how to edit and delete text while using the Apple Watch keyboard.
Deleting and Editing Text
While typing on your Apple Watch’s keyboard, you may occasionally make mistakes or need to edit your text. Thankfully, the keyboard offers a few helpful functions for deleting and editing text. Here’s what you need to know:
- To delete a character, tap on the delete key (the “X” icon) located at the bottom-right corner of the keyboard. Each tap will delete one character at a time.
- If you need to delete a larger portion of text, you can tap and hold on the delete key. This will enable a faster deletion mode, allowing you to remove multiple characters more quickly.
- If you want to edit specific parts of your text, you can tap and hold on the screen. This will activate the magnifying glass, which allows you to move the cursor to the desired location for precise editing.
- Once the cursor is in the correct position, you can start typing to add or replace text. The new text will appear at the location of the cursor, and the existing text will shift accordingly.
- If you need to select a specific portion of text, double-tap on a word to highlight it. From there, you can adjust the selection by dragging the start and end points as needed.
- Once you have selected the desired text, you can choose to cut, copy, or replace it by tapping on the respective options that appear above the keyboard.
These editing functions can be especially helpful when you need to make corrections or modifications to your text while typing on the Apple Watch. Take advantage of these features to ensure your messages are accurate and convey your intended meaning.
Now that we have covered editing and deleting text, let’s explore how you can utilize dictation as an alternative input method on your Apple Watch keyboard.
Typing on a small screen can be a challenge, especially when you’re in a hurry. Luckily, your Apple Watch keyboard offers dictation as an alternative input method. By utilizing dictation, you can speak your messages instead of typing them. Here’s how to make the most of this handy feature:
- When you’re in an app that requires text input, such as Messages or Notes, bring up the Apple Watch keyboard as usual.
- Instead of tapping on the keys, tap on the microphone button located at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard. It resembles a small microphone icon.
- Start speaking clearly and audibly. Your Apple Watch will listen to your voice and transcribe your words into text.
- As you speak, you’ll notice that the transcribed text will appear on the screen in real-time, just above the keyboard.
- Once you’ve finished dictating, you can review and edit the transcribed text if necessary.
- When you’re satisfied with the dictation, tap on the “Done” button to insert the text into the text field.
Dictation on the Apple Watch can be incredibly convenient, especially in situations where tapping on the keyboard is not feasible or efficient. Whether you’re on the move, exercising, or simply prefer a hands-free approach, dictation allows you to compose messages effortlessly.
It’s worth noting that dictation requires an internet connection as the audio data is sent to Apple’s servers for processing. So, ensure your Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi or a cellular network for optimal dictation performance.
Now that you’re familiar with using dictation on the Apple Watch keyboard, let’s explore how to change the language settings on the keyboard.
Changing Keyboard Language
The Apple Watch keyboard supports multiple languages, allowing users to type in their preferred language. If you need to change the keyboard language on your Apple Watch, follow these steps:
- On your Apple Watch, open the app that requires text input, such as Messages or Notes.
- Tap on the text field to bring up the keyboard.
- At the bottom-right corner of the keyboard, you will see a globe icon. Tap on it to access the language options.
- A list of available languages will appear. Scroll through the list to find the desired language.
- Tap on the language you want to use, and the keyboard will automatically switch to that language.
- You can now start typing in the selected language.
Changing the keyboard language on your Apple Watch allows you to communicate in different languages without the need for a separate input method. Whether you’re multilingual or simply want to send messages to friends and family in their native language, this feature can be quite helpful.
It’s important to note that the availability of specific languages may depend on your Apple Watch model and the software version. Additionally, some languages may have different keyboard layouts, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the layout if needed.
Now that you know how to change the keyboard language, let’s explore some additional keyboard accessibility features on the Apple Watch.
Keyboard Accessibility Features
The Apple Watch is designed with accessibility in mind, ensuring that all users can enjoy its features, including the keyboard. Here are a few accessibility features that can enhance your experience with the Apple Watch keyboard:
- Larger Text: If you find the text on the keyboard too small to read comfortably, you can adjust the text size on your Apple Watch. Simply go to the “Display & Brightness” settings on your iPhone and select a larger text size. The changes will reflect on your Apple Watch, making the text more legible.
- VoiceOver: VoiceOver is a powerful screen reader feature that provides spoken feedback to help users navigate and use their Apple Watch. It can assist you in accessing and using the keyboard by reading out characters, words, and suggestions as you type.
- Zoom: If you have difficulty seeing the keyboard, you can enable the Zoom feature on your Apple Watch. This will magnify the entire screen, making it easier to view and interact with the keyboard.
- Smart Invert: For users with visual impairments, enabling the Smart Invert feature can provide a higher contrast display, making the keyboard and other elements stand out more prominently.
These accessibility features can greatly improve the usability and accessibility of the keyboard on your Apple Watch. Experiment with the options to find the settings that best suit your needs.
Now that you’re familiar with the keyboard accessibility features, let’s explore some common troubleshooting tips for any keyboard-related issues you may encounter.
Troubleshooting Keyboard Issues
While the Apple Watch keyboard is designed to work seamlessly, you may occasionally encounter some issues. Here are a few troubleshooting tips to help you resolve common keyboard-related problems:
- Check connectivity: Ensure that your Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone. The keyboard feature relies on the connection between the two devices. If the connection is weak or disconnected, try reconnecting or restarting both devices.
- Restart the Apple Watch: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve minor software glitches. Restart your Apple Watch by pressing and holding the side button until the Power Off slider appears. Slide it to power off, then press and hold the side button again to turn it back on.
- Check for software updates: Make sure that both your Apple Watch and iPhone are running the latest software versions. Software updates often include bug fixes and improvements that can address keyboard-related issues.
- Reset keyboard settings: If you’re experiencing persistent keyboard issues, you can try resetting the keyboard settings on your Apple Watch. On your iPhone, go to the Watch app, select “General,” then “Keyboard,” and tap on the option to “Reset Keyboard Dictionary.”
- Contact Apple Support: If none of the above steps resolve your keyboard issues, it may be helpful to contact Apple Support for further assistance. They can provide personalized guidance and troubleshooting specific to your Apple Watch model and situation.
By following these troubleshooting tips, you can overcome most common keyboard issues and enjoy a smooth typing experience on your Apple Watch.
Now that we’ve covered troubleshooting, let’s summarize what we’ve learned and conclude.
The keyboard feature on the Apple Watch provides a convenient way to compose messages and input text directly on your wrist. Throughout this article, we’ve explored how to set up the keyboard, use it effectively, and take advantage of additional features like dictation and emojis. We’ve also discussed how to troubleshoot common keyboard issues that you may encounter.
By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can make the most out of the Apple Watch keyboard and ensure a seamless typing experience. Whether you’re sending quick messages, taking notes, or responding to emails, the keyboard on your Apple Watch offers a compact and efficient solution.
Remember to experiment with different typing techniques, such as utilizing predictive text and quick path, to enhance your speed and accuracy. And don’t forget to insert emojis to add personality to your messages.
If you ever run into any issues with the keyboard, try troubleshooting steps like checking connectivity, restarting your devices, or resetting the keyboard settings. If all else fails, reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.
Now, armed with the knowledge in this article, you can confidently use the keyboard on your Apple Watch to stay connected and productive while on the go.
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Here are three different ways to style your Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has a vast accessory market! Here's how you can use it to style your smartwatch
The Apple Watch is one of the best tools to accomplish your fitness goals and stay in the loop with your notifications. But if you look past the plethora of nifty Apple Watch tricks and features , another reason that makes it the best is the accessory market that exists for it and how you can style it; be it swappable straps, case options, or other add-ons, there's something for every person who owns an Apple Watch.
Here, we look at three ways to style your Apple Watch and customize its simple look without much of an added cost.
Change it up with a different Apple Watch strap
Using a different strap is the simplest approach to changing things up on your Apple Watch.
When it comes to first-party choices, Apple has always offered a variety of color options, so you're never short on options. And if the look of its standard sport silicone band isn't your cup of tea, you can always choose other first-party alternatives that use nylon or micro twill fabric (FineWoven) — previously leather.
But looking past the first-party offerings, you'll see that there are large collections to explore! You can pick up straps that use different designs, feature a mix of textures, or even add functionality.
For example, there's the i-Blason Cosmo Luxe, which you can pair with outfits perfect for a party or an occasion that needs dressing up. Then there's the Twelve South Action Band accessory, which takes the Apple Watch puck and places it into a sweatband — perfect for a day out on the court or the football pitch. In the case of the latter, while a silicone sport band would also complement your outfit, the sweatband introduces additional functionality.
To provide some inspiration, we've listed some of the unique third-party options we've seen in the market that you can explore below:
i-Blason Cosmo Luxe Apple Watch Band
In partnership with i-Blason
The i-Blason Cosmo Luxe might be a case, but it also comes with a unique band that matches the beautiful design of the Apple Watch. It's made of a soft flexible silicone strap, and the case protects the watch from scratches, drops, and falls. It's available in several color options for more customization.
PROATL Protective Bumper Case (Apple Watch)
PROATL Clear Apple Watch Band is a soft, breathable and lightweight accessory to pair with your Apple Watch. It features precise cutouts — enabling access to all buttons and the Digital Crown — while keeping your wearable safe.
Twelve South Action Band (Apple Watch)
While most Apple Watch bands work fine for sports, the Twelve South ActionBand makes that band more functional with its moisture absorbing terry cloth material. It's a convenient accessory to have if you're often out having an adventure and it's perfect to complete a sporty outfit. Plus, it arrives in a pair, so your other wrist doesn't feel left out!
UAG Nylon Sporty Apple Watch Band
The Urban Armor Gear Nylon Weave is crafted from top-notch materials and boasts stainless steel custom hardware, complete with a hook and loop fastener. It has a tough design that pairs seamlessly with the Apple Watch Series 9 and includes a 1-year limited warranty.
Spigen Modern Fit (Apple Watch)
The Modern Fit is made of premium stainless steel for additional durability and features a modern design. It's easily adjustable, and it comes with a metal clasp for a more premium feel. It's available in two different colors.
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Make it look rugged.
The next way to style your Apple Watch is to take away its simplistic square look and toss on a rugged exterior. This type of accessory completely changes the dynamic of the Apple Watch, making it look more in place if you often find yourself doing adventure sports — plus, there's the added benefit of increased protection.
Accessories like the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro or the Spigen Rugged Armor are great options for this look. They're simple snap-on cases with partnered bands to complete the look. On the SUPCASE there are even hints of a carbon-fiber finish to make it an extra bit appealing.
And focusing briefly on the increased protection they offer, if there's that odd day where you find yourself bumping into walls or hitting your wrist against gym equipment, this case will ensure the Apple Watch casing remains dent-free and the screen free of scratches or breaks.
Spigen Rugged Armor Pro
The Spigen Rugged Armor case provides excellent protection all around the entire smartwatch. It has a scratch-resistant and shock-absorbing material that provides a slim design, an adjustable band, and a metal clasp. The case has raised edges to provide even more protection for the display, and there are precise cutouts for the buttons and digital crown.
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Band
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The new UBP case from SUPCASE offers all the watch features in a rugged body. The bumper case provides rugged protection, and includes a scratch-resistant and fully adjustable watch band. The case has a snap-on design that can absorb shock, and the raised bezels can protect the display from scratches and damage.
Get simple protection and add other tidbits
The last style tip for the Apple Watch is to get a simple silicone case that lets you alter how the case looks! When buying an Apple Watch, you'll notice that the Apple Watch SE 2 model does not have as many color/case material options as the standard version, three compared to the eight options for the Apple Watch Series 9 (including the stainless steel version).
Hence, changing up the look or finding a model that feels more personal to you can be difficult. To solve this, you can purchase a silicone case for the Apple Watch to change how the outer casing looks while adding a bit of protection. After this, you can pick up tidbits that either go onto your wrist or the watch strap to give your Apple Watch a little more of a style factor.
Ringke Bezel Styling (Apple Watch)
The Ringke Bezel Stylish is stylish, elegant, and provides a clean and modern look for your Apple Watch. It's available in six colors, and it provides a high-quality stainless steel bezel that protects your screen from scratches and scuffs.
Ringke Slim (Apple Watch)
The Ringke Slim case supports Apple Watch 8 and 7 smartwatches, and they're lightweight, and slim, providing a seamless and unique design. The pack includes two cases of your selection, and they can be easily installed or uninstalled with a simple press.
Hontao Ultra Thin Soft TPU
The Hontao Ultra Thin Soft TPU is a simple yet effective solution for users to customize their Apple Watch and keep it protected from falls. It's also easy to install due to its soft build.
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With its expansive accessory ecosystem, the Apple Watch is one of the easiest wearables to pair with your outfits. With the options listed above, you can quickly change how your Apple Watch looks and feels while adding protection against damage.
How to turn off the Apple Watch Double Tap gesture
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If you don’t think the double tap gesture is helpful enough to be active all the time, you can always turn it off on your Apple Watch . First available for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2, the double tap gesture was released more widely with watchOS 10.1 alongside NameDrop.
Apple says that the faster Neural Engine enables this new double tap gesture, which processes data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical heart sensor with a new machine learning algorithm.
If you haven’t found the new Apple Watch feature useful, here’s how to turn it off:
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- Open the Settings app on your watch.
- Tap Gestures > Double Tap, then turn off Double Tap.
If you have an Apple Watch Series 8 or older, you can use a similar feature that works like double tap, although it’s not built into the system. Here’s how to turn it off:
- Open the Settings app on your Apple Watch or the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
- Tap Accessibility > AssistiveTouch > Hand Gestures.
- Tap to turn Hand Gestures off.
To be fair, I think the double tap gesture on the Apple Watch can be beneficial sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as useful as I hoped . I hope that, with time, Apple improves this feature. Currently, the company is testing watchOS 10.2, which brings on-device Siri for Health-related questions while also bringing a beloved gesture back.
Below, you can learn more about watchOS 10.2.
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How my Apple Watch helped me stop stressing about insomnia
A chance decision made early next year turned out to pay dividends some 18 months later: An Apple Watch worn overnight proved incredibly helpful when dealing with a bout of insomnia.
Specifically, it helped me through a common vicious circle with insomnia: You can’t sleep, you get stressed about the fact that you’re not sleeping, which makes it harder to fall asleep …
There are different ways of classifying insomnia, with two of the labels referring to how it is experienced.
Onset insomnia is when you have trouble falling asleep in the first place. I’m grateful that I’ve never suffered from this. If I’m very tired when I go to bed, I’m asleep almost as soon as my head hits the pillow. The rest of the time I’ll read last thing, and at some point realise my eyes have closed, put down the book and again be asleep within seconds.
Maintenance insomnia is when you fall asleep just fine, but wake at some point in the night, and then find it difficult to fall asleep again. This is the type I suffered, and its cause was no great mystery. Stress is a common cause, and I was going through some significant stress at the time. (The reason for that won’t be fully resolved for a few months yet, but thankfully is much reduced now.)
But whichever type you suffer from, that vicious circle very commonly kicks in. In my case, I’d wake in the early hours, not be able to fall asleep again, and then worry that if I didn’t fall asleep again, I’d only get 2-3 hours’ sleep, and be a zombie the next day. Regular sleep deprivation is also associated with increased risk of other health issues, and again concerns about that can add to the very stress that’s stopping you sleeping in the first place.
Enter my Apple Watch
Back in February of last year, I found I could buy a Series 5 Ceramic watch for about half the original price. It was something of an experiment, but as I’d struck it lucky on pricing, I knew I wouldn’t lose money if I decided to resell it. As it was, though, I fell instantly in love with it .
That left me with a spare Series 4. Since it turned out to be worth very little, I decided on another experiment: Keeping it as an overnight watch .
Sleep-tracking was my original motivation, though it wasn’t insomnia that prompted it.
I got COVID just before Christmas, and my energy has been slow to return. For a time, pretty much all I was doing was working and sleeping, and for several weeks afterwards I was still going to bed in the early evening. Things are slowly improving, but my bedtimes – and actual sleep times – are still very variable, so it’s helpful to have actual data on how much sleep I’m getting. But beyond that, many of us – perhaps even most – are not getting as much sleep as we ideally should, and without hard data, it’s easy to fool ourselves into thinking we are. So routine sleep-tracking is something I think has ongoing value.
That did prove useful. When I could see that I’d had two or three nights of getting less sleep than ideal, it would prompt me to be more disciplined around bedtimes to address the problem.
Addressing the vicious circle of insomnia
When maintenance insomnia hit, the pattern was that I’d fall asleep as normal, but would then wake at some point in the night, typically in the early hours. At that point, I’d feel wide awake, and struggle to fall asleep again.
When I woke in the middle of the night, my subjective sense was that I was wide awake for a long time before I finally fell asleep again. And the longer I was awake, the more stressed I’d get about the fact that I wasn’t sleeping.
I tried the 20-minute Test which is often recommended: If you haven’t fallen asleep again within 20 minutes, get out of bed and do something else for a while, until you feel tired again, then return to bed. That didn’t work for me: Once I was out of bed, I didn’t get tired again, even though I was following the advice to avoid screens.
But my Apple Watch – running Napbot – had the solution to the stress about sleeplessness causing more sleeplessness.
Each morning, I’d be presented with an overview of my sleep pattern. In some cases, it did indeed confirm that I was awake for a long time. In this example, I could see that I’d woken around 5.30am, and remained awake until sometime after 7am (on a weekend):
It also shows that I briefly woke at half a dozen other points in the night.
But there were other nights when I’d have that same subjective sense of being awake for hours, but the data showed me it was 30-40 mins, sometimes less.
It would also often reveal that my total sleep time was just fine, despite the interruption.
I was also curious about the phases of sleep, and whether or not my patterns were typical. I’d noticed, for example, that I seemed to get very little of what Napbot labels deep sleep.
But much Googling later, it turns out that the whole area is much less clear-cut than the pretty colors might suggest. While sleep-trackers like the Apple Watch are reasonably good (though far from perfect) at telling when we’re awake, and when we’re in REM sleep, they are much less reliable at distinguishing lighter from deeper sleep.
Additionally, there is some debate over how much deep sleep we need, with recommendations ranging from 25% down to 10%. Putting the two together, it seemed that my own mix of Core and Deep sleep was not uncommon, and the chances were good that I was getting enough of the latter.
Similarly, it’s far from unusual to wake in the middle of the night before falling asleep again. Indeed, there’s some historical data to suggest that two separate stages of sleep was actually very common in the days before electric lighting. And those really brief periods where I’m shown as being awake are also perfectly normal, and are usually so brief we don’t even really know we woke.
All-in-all, then, the combination of data and reading up on sleep turned out to be reassuring. My overall sleep looked to be fine, in spite of the insomnia. I was awake less than I thought I was. The patterns I was experiencing were not particularly unusual. And most insomnia is short-term in nature.
That completely removed the stress about insomnia, and while my sleep patterns are still not 100% where I’d like them to be, I do now feel confident that once the source of the stress is removed, then things will settle down.
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System requirements for Continuity features on Apple devices
Continuity makes it seamless to move between your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. These are the hardware and software requirements for each Continuity feature.
AirPlay to Mac
Auto unlock, continuity camera, continuity sketch and continuity markup, instant hotspot, iphone cellular calls, iphone widgets on mac, sms and mms messaging, universal clipboard, universal control.
To use Continuity with a Managed Apple ID , you need iOS 17 or later, iPadOS 17 or later, and macOS Sonoma or later.
AirPlay to Mac works best with these devices and operating systems.
You can AirPlay to Mac at a lower video resolution from older iPhone, iPad, and Mac models and operating systems if the supported Mac has the AirPlay Receiver setting in Sharing settings configured to allow AirPlay for either Everyone or “Anyone on the same network”.
Auto Unlock works with these devices and operating systems:
To use Auto Unlock with Apple Watch Series 3 or later, your Mac needs macOS High Sierra or later.
To use Auto Unlock to approve requests for your Mac administrator password, your Apple Watch needs watchOS 6 or later, and your Mac needs macOS Catalina or later.
If you're not sure whether your Mac supports Auto Unlock, press and hold the Option key while choosing Apple menu > System Information. Select Wi-Fi in the sidebar of System Information. On the right side, look for ”Auto Unlock: Supported.”
Continuity Camera refers either to using iPhone or iPad as a webcam for Mac or Apple TV, or using an iOS device to take photos and scan documents on Mac.
Using iPhone as a webcam for Mac
Using iPhone as a webcam for Mac requires these devices and operating systems.
Using iPhone or iPad as a webcam for Apple TV
Using iPhone or iPad as a webcam for Apple TV requires these devices and operating systems.
Using an iOS device to take photos or scan documents on Mac
Continuity Camera works with these devices and operating systems when using an iOS device to take photos and scan documents .
Continuity Sketch and Continuity Markup work with these devices and operating systems:
Handoff works with these devices and operating systems:
To hand off a FaceTime call, your devices need macOS Ventura, iOS 16, or iPadOS 16 or later.
Instant Hotspot requires one of these devices and operating systems:
You can then use Instant Hotspot to connect to your Personal Hotspot from these devices:
iPhone Cellular Calls requires any iPhone using iOS 8.1 or later and an activated carrier plan. You can then relay calls to and from that iPhone from these devices:
Any Mac using OS X Yosemite or later. Mac mini and Mac Pro require an external microphone or headset.
Any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iOS 8 or later.
To use iPhone widgets on Mac, your iPhone needs iOS 17 or later, and your Mac needs macOS Sonoma or later.
Sidecar works with these devices and operating systems:
SMS and MMS messaging requires an activated carrier plan on any iPhone using iOS 8.1 or later. You can then send and receive SMS and MMS messages from these devices:
Any Mac using OS X Yosemite or later.
Universal Clipboard works with these devices and operating systems when copying text, images, photos, and video from one Apple device to another.
To use Universal Clipboard to copy entire files from one Mac to another, each Mac requires macOS High Sierra or later.
Universal Control works with these devices and operating systems:
9 new movies and shows to watch this weekend on Netflix, Apple and more (Dec. 1-3)
Posted: December 1, 2023 | Last updated: December 1, 2023
The year may be winding down, but streaming isn’t! There’s no shortage of new shows and movies to watch this weekend on Netflix, Apple TV Plus, Prime Video and other streaming services.
This weekend, tune into the return of several fan-favorite shows, including Virgin River season 5 part 2 and Slow Horses season 3. A few new series make their premieres, as well: the gambling comedy Bookie, the action comedy Obliterated and the Charles Dickens spinoff Artful Dodger.
The movies side is sizzling, with two holiday-adjacent family films in Candy Cane Lane and The Family Switch, as well as the melodrama May December, based on a scandalous true story. Here’s our guide on the new shows and movies to watch this weekend.
Virgin river season 5 part 2 (netflix).
Virgin River season 5 gets the split-season treatment, as Netflix has begun doing with its biggest shows. Part two comprises two special holiday episodes following up on the installment that dropped in September.
They will follow up on the astonishing info Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) learned as she and fiancee Jack (Martin Henderson) were decorating for Christmas — her father might be a resident of Virgin River. Turns out that Mel’s mom had an affair with a man in the small town that she coincidentally moved to after leaving Los Angeles. Mel grapples with the implications of this revelation, while also considering whether to try to get pregnant again or explore surrogacy or adoption.
Premieres Thursday, Nov. 30 at 3:01 a.m. ET on Netflix
Slow Horses season 3 (Apple TV Plus)
Gary Oldman’s “Tinker Tailor Failed Spy” series returns for a very welcome third season. This is one of the best shows on television and if you’ve missed out so far — where have you been?! It’s a blend of thriller, action and mystery, with super-sharp dialogue and stellar performances.
Oldman’s sardonic spymaster Jackson Lamb is back to shepherd his team of disgraced MI5 agents in another case. A romantic liaison in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. Lamb and the other misfits are dragged into the fight and they find themselves caught in a conspiracy that threatens the future not just of Slough House but of MI5 itself.
Streaming now on Apple TV Plus
Sitcom uber-creator Chuck Lorre returns with his first new show since 2019’s Bob Hearts Abishola, this time teaming up with comedian Sebastian Maniscalco to aim for darker, edgier laughs. Veteran Los Angeles bookie Danny is facing the loss of business if the potential legalization of sports gambling in California goes through.
With the help of best friend and former NFL player Ray (Omar J. Dorsey), side-hustling sister Lorraine (Vanessa Ferlito), and reluctantly reformed drug dealer Hector (Jorge Garcia), Danny tries to get his increasingly unstable clients to settle their debts — even as he places some risky bets of his own.
Streaming now on Max
The creators of Cobra Kai are behind this action comedy set in Sin City. After an elite, highly-trained special forces team thwarts a deadly threat to Las Vegas, they celebrate with a lot of booze, drugs and sex. But then they discover the bomb they deactivated was fake. The real bomb is still out there, and unless the team can find it, the entire city will be obliterated. An already tough task is made even harder by all the alcohol and other substances still in their system. Think The Hangover movie, except instead of looking for a missing friend, they are racing against time to prevent a nuclear explosion.
Streaming now on Netflix
The Artful Dodger (Hulu)
The most fascinating character in Charles Dickens’ classic novel Oliver Twist gets his very own irreverent spinoff. Set in 1950s Australia in the colony of Port Victory, it follows Jack Dawkins (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), aka the Artful Dodger, who once deployed his fast fingers as a pickpocket and now uses them as a surgeon.
But Jack’s past returns to haunt him with the arrival of Fagin (David Thewlis), who attempts to lure him back into criminal mischief. Then there’s Lady Belle Fox (Maia Mitchell), the governor’s daughter who’s determined to become the colony’s first female surgeon. Jack will have to be more nimble than ever in protecting his heart, body and soul.
Streaming now on Hulu
Sweet Home season 2 (Netflix)
When the Korean horror series debuted in 2020, it made for apt, if very dark, pandemic viewing. Now, it’s back for a second season, and though real-world circumstances are very different, the story still hits hard. Whereas season 1 focused on Hyun-soo (Song Kang) and other survivors barricaded in their apartment building Green Home, season 2 will follow them into the outside world. There, they will have to contend with more monsters. But equally terrifying are the other humans they encounter.
Candy cane lane (prime video).
It’s quite surprising that Eddie Murphy hasn’t made a holiday comedy until now. He plays Chris, a man on a mission to win his neighborhood’s annual Christmas home decoration contest. To better his chances of winning, he makes a deal with mischievous elf Pepper (Jillian Bell) — without knowing the zaniness that will follow.
Pepper then casts a magic spell that brings the 12 Days of Christmas to life, wreaking havoc on the entire town. At risk of ruining the holidays for everyone, Chris, his wife Carol (Tracee Ellis Ross) and their three kids must race against the clock to break Pepper’s spell.
Streaming now on Prime Video
Family Switch (Netflix)
Think Freaky Friday, but double the trouble! This romp features Jennifer Garner and Ed Helms as Jess and Bill Walker, parents who are doing their best to try to stay connected to increasingly independent and distant teens CC (Emma Myers) and Wyatt (Brady Noon). If only the parents could really understand the kids’ issues … and vice versa.
Then, a chance encounter with an astrological reader causes the family to wake up to a full body switch on a critically important day in each of their lives. They’ll have to work together to ace a promotion, college interview, record deal and soccer tryout.
May December (Netflix)
Remember Mary Kay Letourneau, the sixth-grade teacher who had sex with her 12-year-old student, was convicted of rape and had his child in prison? Todd Haynes’ latest melodrama is loosely based on that true crime. Twenty years after their notorious romance, Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Julianne Moore) and 23-years-younger husband Joe (Charles Melton) are facing their twins’ high school graduation. Hollywood actress Elizabeth Berry (Natalie Portman) visits to better understand the controversial woman she is portraying in a film. As she gets to know them, the family’s dynamics begin to unravel under an outsider’s gaze.
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Did you notice the time, Post readers?
It’s time to get a watch.
While we’re on the subject, have you noticed the date? After weeks of waiting, Cyber Monday is finally here, so it’s the perfect time to invest in an Apple Watch, and pick one up at a fraction of the original price.
With Thanksgiving in the rearview, it’s time to get down to business: holiday shopping. And what better time to start than Cyber Monday, offering thousands of dollars in savings on anything you can think of: TVs , tools , toys , travel, baby needs, beauty products, laptops, headphones , video games, and much more, including (most importantly) Apple Watches.
Below, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Apple Watch deals we could find this Cyber Monday, featuring savings across several Apple Watch generations.
Scroll down below to find this Cyber Monday’s best Apple Watch deals and accessories. But act now. As you’ll soon know (thanks to your brand-new Apple Watch), time is of the essence!
Shop the best Cyber Monday deals below, and to make sure you don’t miss out on any savings, visit the New York Post Shopping homepage . You’ll find the latest Cyber Monday sales from retailers such as Amazon , Target and Walmart , as well as deals under $50 to help you save even more money.
Refurbished Apple Watch Series 7 45mm GPS + WiFi
Experience the latest in wearable tech with the refurbished Apple Watch Series 7. Boasting a 45mm display, GPS, and WiFi capabilities, this sleek device seamlessly integrates into your active lifestyle, offering health monitoring, notifications, and a stylish design.
Refurbished Apple Watch Ultra GPS & Cellular 49mm
Elevate your connectivity with the refurbished Apple Watch Ultra. Featuring a 49mm frame, GPS, and Cellular capabilities, this device ensures you stay connected on the go. Enjoy advanced health tracking, customizable watch faces, and the reliability of Apple’s renowned craftsmanship.
Refurbished Apple Watch Series 8 – GPS + GSM Cellular 41mm
The refurbished Apple Watch Series 8 redefines smartwatches. With a compact 41mm design and both GPS and GSM Cellular connectivity, it offers advanced communication and fitness features. Seamlessly integrate it into your daily routine for a personalized and efficient experience.
Apple Watch SE 2nd Generation (GPS) 40mm
The Apple Watch SE 2nd Gen (GPS) in 40mm size combines convenience and performance, offering a spectrum of features like fitness tracking, notifications, and seamless integration with iOS, all within a compact, stylish frame. Its bright display and diverse watch faces cater to varied preferences, ensuring an engaging experience for users seeking a balance between functionality and portability.
Apple Watch SE 2nd Generation (GPS) 44mm
The Apple Watch SE 2nd Gen (GPS) in a 44mm size amplifies the experience with a larger display and enhanced interaction possibilities. Catering to those who prefer a more expansive view and increased touch responsiveness, this model maintains the SE’s signature features in a more spacious design.
Apple Watch Series 9 (GPS) 41mm
The Apple Watch Series 9, downsized to a 41mm frame, packs a punch in a smaller form factor. Retaining all the robust health-tracking capabilities, app functionalities, and GPS features, this model targets users who prefer a more compact and lightweight wearable without compromising on performance.
Apple Watch Ultra 2 [GPS + Cellular 49mm]
Introducing the Apple Watch Ultra 2, boasting an impressive 49mm size and a blend of GPS and cellular capabilities. Its larger display offers enhanced readability and interaction, making it a powerhouse for seamless connectivity, extended battery life, and an imposing presence on the wrist.
Apple Watch Series 8 [GPS 41mm]
The Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm) prioritizes efficiency and functionality, catering to users seeking core GPS-based features in a compact size. Its streamlined design, essential health tracking, and compatibility with various apps make it an ideal companion for daily activities and fitness monitoring.
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