Wearables were more of a fad than a must-have until Apple joined the ranks of companies in that space. In typical Apple style, their smartwatch release kickstarted a revolution – inspiring legions of iOS fans who might have otherwise been satisfied with laptops, tablets and smartphones to grab up wearables like they were going out of style. Now experts predict the wearables market will be worth $31.27B by 2020, in part because of the convenience and emerging style of smartwatches and smart jewelry.
Chances are Apple will command a hefty share of that growing market considering that its Apple Watch claimed over 50 percent of smartwatch sales in 2015. If you bought one last year, or are poised to join the ranks of Apple Watch lovers, here are just some of the ways you can enhance your smartwatch experience:
Take Control of Notifications – customize which apps can send notifications to your Watch Depending on how many apps you have, this can be time consuming but it’s worth doing because every app on your iPhone will notify you with push notifications if don’t change the settings.
Change Your Wrist Raise Action – turn on the Wrist Raise feature in the settings menu and toggle Last Used on to return to whatever app you were using when your Watch went into power save mode. Or change your settings on your iPhone by going to General > Wake Screen > Resume Last Activity.
Make Apple Pay Even Easier to Use – you can add credit or debit card payment options in the Watch app on your phone and make payments right from your Watch— even if your iPhone is not with you. It’s fairly simple. To enable Apple Pay on your watch, you create a four-digit passcode using the companion Apple Watch app. The passcode is then used to authorize Apple Pay when you put the watch on your wrist, and it even knows when the Watch has been taken off.
Find a Better Data Deal – carriers like T-Mobile are offering free data for their customers, and your Apple Watch happens to connect to your iPhone, it’s a win-win. Why? Because surveys have shown that wearable fans tend to also be heavy data consumers.
Sync your Music and Photos – there is plenty of storage available on the Apple Watch so you can enjoy your tunes and snapshots when even you don’t have your phone with you. Sync a few photos, or even a few of your favorite albums. It’ll be like having a photo album write in the palm of your hands!
Invest in Protection – you’ve already shelled out quite a bit of money for your Apple Watch, so you are going to want to keep it in perfect condition for as long as you can. Nobody wants to see a scratch on the screen of their watch; so avoid that possible annoyance by investing in a screen protector. There are many options out there, from high-grade plastic to tempered glass protectors too.
Answer Emails – you can now choose preset responses, create your own preset responses or tap the microphone to dictate longer, more specific replies. You can also now choose to send an emoji as a reply to an email!
Pair Bluetooth Headphones – if you’ve synced your favorite music playlist, the next thing you’ll need is to pair it with Bluetooth headphones or a speaker. This will allow you to listen to music wirelessly while you workout, commute on the bus, or when you’re at work, even without your iPhone. A variety of manufacturers carry great Bluetooth headphones that pair well with a smartwatch.
Hand-Off Tasks to your Phone – smartwatches are amazing when you’re waiting for notifications, or need to check off quick tasks, but there are some to-dos best completed on a bigger screen. That’s what Handoff is for! With this enabled, you can easily transfer mail, maps, messages, reminders and calendar items from the watch to your iPhone.
And that’s just a sampling of what you can do to enhance your Apple Watch experience. You can also use the watch to find your lost iPhone by having it trigger your phone to make a sound or use it to control any Apple TV box, for instance. There are so many ways to customize and also optimize this versatile device, so don’t be afraid to experiment and make your Apple Watch uniquely yours.
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