During setup, you will be asked to enable things like SOS and automatic watchOS updates, and it’s a good idea to enable both. SOS allows you to Quickly call local rescuers by holding the crown of the watch down until you hear an alert and see a countdown. If your watch is not a cellular model, remember that your phone must be nearby to make calls from your wrist.
You can also activate fall detection which will contact you with emergency services and preset contacts when it detects that you have fallen. Don’t worry, you will have the option to confirm before such a call is made, but like the SOS feature, it is better to set everything up in advance instead of looking for them in an emergency.
Health and Fitness Settings
Updating updates automatically will ensure you have the latest features and security fixes. With the latest version of watchOS, for example, you’ll have access to Apple’s new Fitness + video service. You’ll get a three-month free trial with your watch, and the programs are worth checking out, especially if you’re a beginner. The workouts are easy, the instructors are friendly, and the Apple Watch integration is great.
One of the best things about the Apple Watch (and smartwatches in general) is their ability to keep tabs on our health and activity. During the setup process, you will be prompted to choose your activity goals. At this point, it’s good to use what Apple recommends, like 30 minutes of exercise per day and a 10-hour Stand Goal (or Roll Goal, for wheelchair users). You’ll likely change them over time as you begin to understand your body and your preferences better. To adjust these settings, swipe your finger to the bottom of your summary page in the Fitness app on your watch and select “Edit Goals”.
If you need extra motivation to close your rings, you can also activate reminders to get up and move when you’ve been inactive for too long. Better yet, add a few friends (if they’re other Apple users) to send and receive alerts when someone finishes a workout. It adds a touch of competitiveness, a touch of guilt and opens up the possibility of bragging. If you don’t like that, you can just turn off those items.
For those who exercise a lot, turning on the start / end workout reminders can help make sure your sessions are recorded by suggesting you start or end a workout when the watch detects changes in your. heart rate and your movements. It’s a bit of a workaround, instead of proper automatic exercise detection, but it can still help you stay accountable. Activate these reminders by going to the Workout section of the Watch app on your phone. You can also get suggestions for initiating guided breathing sessions throughout the day to help you anchor yourself.
Another important part of your well-being is the amount of sleep you get. With watchOS 7, Apple has added sleep tracking to its wearable devices to help you understand your sleep. While other devices like Fitbits and Samsung Watches better automatically detect when you’ve fallen asleep and analyze which sleep zone you’re in, Apple Watch can still help you understand your sleep patterns.
Be sure to set a bedtime and wake-up time, as well as the target sleep duration. If you don’t get enough hours before you wake up in the morning, Apple will suggest you go down a little earlier. It’s important to set your sleep schedule because, at least during our testing, it appears the watch is using this information to detect when you’ve gone to bed. Auto sleep detection isn’t the most sophisticated yet, but having prompts to go to bed can be helpful.
You can also activate a vibrating alarm (by activate silent mode) if you sleep with a partner or are hard of hearing. If you prefer to take your watch off when you fall asleep, night table mode activation (Watch app> General> Bedside table mode) will turn the device into a bedside clock. It will darken most of its screen, but if you need to see the time, you just need to lightly push the device (or even your table) and the screen will wake up.
Finally, the watch can help you stay healthy by making sure you follow the recommended guidelines for washing your hands. Activating the hand washing timer will start a 15 second countdown every time the watch thinks you have washed your hands for 5 seconds. This isn’t always useful, as sometimes you just wipe off dirt and don’t need to lather for 20 seconds, but it’s not too intrusive and is useful when you’re on the go.