How to Configure the Contacts App on Apple Watch

On Apple Watch, the Contacts app enables users to get in touch with their contacts and to see who is contacting them. It is possible to configure the Contacts app and to control the sort order and display order of contact names by using the Contacts screen in the Apple Watch app on iPhone. User can also shorten names that are too long to fit on-screen.

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How to Configure the Contacts App

Press Home on iPhone, and the Home screen will appear.
Tap Apple Watch to open the Apple Watch app.
Tap My Watch, and the My Watch screen will appear.
Tap Contacts, and the Contacts screen will appear. The list will show the settings Contacts is picking up from iPhone (note that by default Contacts uses the Mirror My iPhone settings).
To customize Contacts settings, tap Custom. Otherwise, skip the remaining steps.
The Sort Order button, Display Order button, Short Name button will show,
Tap Sort Order to open the Sort Order screen.
Tap First, Last or Last, First to set the sort order.
Tap Contacts, and the Contacts screen will appear again.
Tap Display Order to view the Display Order screen.
Tap First, Last or Last, First to set the display order.
Tap Contacts again and the Contacts screen will appear again.
Tap Short Name to display the Short Name screen.
Set the Short Name switch to On to use short names.
Tap the short name format you like (such as First Name & Last Initial).
Set the Prefer Nicknames switch to On if you want Contacts to display Nicknames whenever they are available.

Best Sort Order and Best Display Order

The best sort order and the best display order for contacts depend on how you think of your contacts and how you use the Contacts app. If you tend to think of them by their first names, you might find that sorting by First, Last is more useful than sorting by Last, First.

Unless you have many contacts and need to parse them by last names, the First, Last display order produces a more useful list than the Last, First display order.

Just try with the settings to determine which order suits you best.

Apps for Sharing Social Media on Apple Watch

Facebook by Facebook, Inc.: Keeping up with friends is faster than ever, see what friends are up to, share updates, photos and video, get notified when friends like and comment on your posts, watch and interact with live video, play games and use your favorite apps (Note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Facebook doesn’t run GPS in the background unless you give us permission by turning on optional features that require this).

Meetup by Meetup: Meetup brings people together in thousands of cities to do more of what they want to do in life. It is organized around one simple idea: when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best. And that’s what Meetup does. It brings people together to do, explore, teach and learn. For example, people run marathons, thanks to running Meetups. They write, thanks to writing Meetups. They change their careers, thanks to career Meetups. Because at Meetups, people welcome each other. They talk, help, mentor, and support each other – all in pursuit of achieving their life goals.

Twitter by Twitter, Inc.: See what’s happening in the world right now. From breaking news and entertainment, sports and politics, to big events and everyday interests. If it’s happening anywhere, it’s happening on Twitter. Get the full story as it unfolds, with all the live commentary. Be part of what everyone is talking about and get videos, live footage and Moments, direct from the source. Join in on all the action by sharing what’s happening in your world. On Twitter you can post photos with stickers, GIFs, videos, and even stream live video with the Periscope button. There is no better way to have your voice heard.

Glide – Live Video Messenger by Glide: Send lightning fast video messages, see responses live or when it’s convenient! Glide is the fastest live video messenger app on the planet. It combines the convenience of texting with the expressiveness of video chat. Now you and your friends/family can share real moments as they happen, and enjoy quality facetime. Review your videos before sending, or tap to stream live – whichever fits you best Share videos with friends and family from everywhere to anywhere with a tap. Snap a photo in real time or upload from your device Emoticlip messages are short, animated videos with fun characters – try them out.

Tweetings for Twitter: Tweetings is a Twitter client for the iPhone. Reimagined for iOS 7 and fully supports iOS 8, 9 & 10, including iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen sizes. It has an extensive feature list including lists, push, geolocation and syncs your timeline with your Mac or iPad! Follow your friends tweets, share your photos & videos, view conversations, who’s nearby and find out what’s trending at the moment. Send a new Tweet using Siri. Apple Watch support. View your home timeline, mentions, direct messages, compose new tweets, tweet what you’re listening to, reply and retweet. – Inline photo viewing & view your timeline in photos, including Animated Gif support. Instant push notifications for direct messages, @ mentions, when you are retweeted or liked with highly customisable options.

Twitterrific 5 for Twitter by The Iconfactory: Browse Twitter free from the clutter of promoted tweets. Use Muffles to hide tweets containing words, phrases, people and hashtags from the timeline that you don’t want to see. Customize fonts, avatar sizes, image thumbnails and more via the theme panel. Quickly respond to tweets, change accounts or view conversation threads with a minimum of effort using gestures. Rich media support including multiple images & Twitter animated GIFs. Apple Watch Features: Track your Twitter stats in real time. Receive notifications for Replies, Mentions, RT’s, Favs, DM’s & more. Handoff passes user profiles, composed tweets and more to the iOS app. Reply to Mentions, Replies & Direct Messages. Get info on new followers, follow them back or block them. Force press to compose new tweets via Siri Dictation.

Pinterest: The world’s catalog of ideas. Find and save recipes, parenting hacks, style inspiration and other ideas to try. Find everyday ideas you love—what to make for dinner, what to put on your walls, what to wear and more ideas for every part of your life. Save ideas for later—organize ideas you save by topic, so they’re always easy to find. Collaborate with friends—save ideas together for your next group trip, party or project. Search for an idea even if you don’t know what it’s called—built-in search guides help point your search in the right direction. Save ideas you find around the web—just use the Pinterest’s Save button on your mobile browser.


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This post currently has 3 responses

  • Hello,

    I Can create and configure list of contacts on Apple watch, but I rarely use it, no need.

  • Totally agree why should we use app contacts on Watch if we hold the iPhone in the hand.

  • Why? Because some of us have apple watch with cellular and don’t have to lug the phone around to make and receive calls. That’s why the contacts app on the watch is important.

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