Apple Watch Glances – Feature Information

Apple Watch Glances provide access to apps and display chunks of useful information. The Setting Glance shows Apple Watch status and enables you to turn on Now Playing Glance – for controlling playback, Do Not Disturb, Silent Mode, Airplane Mode, Heartbeat Glance, Battery Glance, and Glances from key apps such as Activity, Weather, Stocks, and Calendar.

Turning on Airplane Mode disconnects your Apple Watch from your iPhone. While on a flight, turn the cellular connection off on your iPhone, and leave Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. This way, you can still use your Apple Watch with your iPhone.

Apple Watch Glances

Lift your wrist, and when the watch face appears, swipe up to display the Glances screen. The default selection is the Settings Glance. To see a Glance other than the Settings Glance, swipe right until the Settings Glance appears. The Connected readout will show the Apple Watch is connected to an iPhone. Below you’ll see Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb or Silent Mode icons. You can tap to toggle the icons on or off.

How to Work with Glances

Apple Watch’s Glances display small amounts of useful information. They also provide easy access to apps.

  • Swipe left to see the Now Playing Glance. You can use the controls to manage playback on the Apple Watch or iPhone.
  • Swipe left, and the Heartbeat Glance will appear. You’ll see your current heart rate.
  • Swipe left twice, and the Activity Glance will appear, showing the progress toward the Move goal, Exercise goal, and Stand Goal.
  • Tap the Activity Glance to see the Activity app. You can swipe left to display the Move goalExercise goal and Stand goal separately.
  • Click the Digital Crown, and the watch face will appear again.

How to Choose Glances and Their Order

The Apple Watch comes with a default selection of Glances configured, such as the Settings Glance, Now Playing Glance, and Heartbeat Glance. The Apple Watch app helps you to choose which Glances appear on the Apple Watch, as well as the order in which the glances appear.

  • Press Home on your iPhone to display the Home screen.
  • Tap Apple Watch to open the Apple Watch app.
  • Tap My Watch to display the My Watch screen.
  • Tap Glances to open the Glances screen.
  • Tap the movement handle for a Glance and drag it up or down the list.
  • Tap Remove in order to see the textual Remove button.
  • Tap Remove and the Apple Watch app will move the Glance to the Do Not Include list.
  • In the Do Not Include list, tap Add. The Apple Watch app will add the Glance to the upper list. You can drag it to a different position if needed.

You can also tap and drag a Glance from the Do Not Include list to the upper list.

A Few Apple Watch Tips

Taking a Screenshot: Both the Apple Watch (first series) and the Apple Watch Series 2 can take screenshots. To perform the operation, hold down the digital crown and the action button below it at the same time. When you take a screenshot, images are saved to your camera roll on your iPhone. If your Apple Watch has been upgraded to watchOS 3, however, this feature is not set as default. In this case, to enable screenshots, you should go to the Watch companion app and from there go to General. There you’ll be able to toggle Enable Screenshots on or off.

Change Text Size: If you find yourself constantly squinting at your wrist to read the Watch’s notifications, you can change the text size. Go to Settings > Brightness & text size then configure to what’s comfortable for you.

Ping your iPhone: Lose your iPhone? Good thing you have your Apple Watch on because it can help you find your handset. Swipe up to bring up the Control Center, look for the “Ping iPhone” button and tap to be reunited with your iPhone.

Use Picture Watch Faces: Apple Watch selects images from the Favorites folder on your iPhone by default. You can tag some images in iOS by using the heart button at the bottom. When you use the photo album watch face it will randomly select photos from the folder. You can also tap the face to cycle through images.

Reply to Emails from Your Wrist: Replying to emails was not possible from the Apple Watch first series., as it was restricted to just SMS messages in watchOS 1. Now, however you can easily respond to emails. You can use the pre-ordained responses if you wish, or tap the microphone to dictate replies with your voice.

Force Restart: Apple says to tale this action as a last resort, so if you’re left with no choice, hold the Digital Crown and side button together for 10 seconds. Just like restarting your iPhone, the Apple logo will pop up and your watch should restart.


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  • Have never used this feature, but I admit Apple Watches Glances is a good addition, they apply the same feature in other watches as well.

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