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Apple Watch FAQ: Everything you need to know about your smartwatch

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The Apple Watch the most comprehensive smartwatch currently on the market, and owning one opens up a world of possibilities to your wrist.

But with great potential also comes a great deal of questions. While it's fairly easy to set up the Apple Watch and navigate the basics, there's plenty of tricks hidden within the menus and tabs.

That's where we come in. Below, we'll provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Apple's smartwatch line. Be sure to check back as we answer even more queries, and throw any you have into the comments section below.

Apple Watch FAQs

Apple Watch FAQ: Everything you need to know about your smartwatch

Which Apple Watch is best?

This really comes down to personal preference, but there are a number of key distinctions between each device that will help you narrow down which is the best fit for your wrist. We won't get into the finer details here, but head to our Apple Watch buying guide for more help on which Apple Watch is best for you.

What can the Apple Watch do?

This isn't exactly an easy one to answer. In a word, lots. With the smartwatch one of the more rounded in the entire industry, there's something for everyone — whether that's in activity tracking, health monitoring, notification support or simply its time-telling capabilities. For more on the basics, read our Apple Watch super guide.

What size can I get the Apple Watch in?

All generations of the Apple Watch until the Series come with the same sizing options — a case of 38mm or a 42mm. Now, that's jumped to 40mm and 44mm. Within the box, you'll also receive a small band attached, as well as the medium/large equivalent. But if you need help choosing, head to our Apple Watch size guide.

Apple Watch FAQ: Everything you need to know about your smartwatch

Where is the Apple Watch battery indicator?

Similar to how you can swipe up and down through iOS, watchOS also allows you to do this in order to access certain settings of the Apple Watch. If you swipe down, you'll notice a percentage icon on the left side, alongside tabs for Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, Vibration, Sound and Waterproofing.

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If you don't fancy swiping every time you want to check your battery, you can install the battery widget on certain customisable watch faces. And if you need help on saving juice, read our tips on how to improve battery life on Apple Watch.

How can I view my Apple Watch workout and activity?

While the Apple Watch's Workout app will give you a brief look at your last session and the three rings give you an insight into daily progress, you can only dig into your history through the iPhone's Activity app.

From here, you can view the calendar to remind yourself how you performed on that morning run last week, or simply how many days in a row you were able to close all your rings. For more on this, read our Apple Watch Workout and Activity guide.

What are the best Apple Watch bands?

Though Apple's own bands are varied, and strong options for you to take a look at, there's also a boatload of third-party Apple Watch straps for you to consider. And keep in mind that no matter which Apple Watch you're rocking, bands should fit all models - even with the new case sizes on the Series 4. You just need to decide if you're going small (38mm and 40mm) or large (42mm and 44mm).

Apple Watch FAQ: Everything you need to know about your smartwatch

How does the Apple Watch count steps?

Through the daily wear and when using the Workout app, your Apple Watch tracks your arm motion, measured by the built-in accelerometer.

Can the Apple Watch play music?

Yes. All models of the Apple Watch can play music, but to what extent depends on which model you opt for. If you choose the Series 3 or Series 4, you can stream on demand from Apple Music, though older generations will see you either tethered to your phone or needing to transfer a playlist over through the Watch smartphone app. Find out how to play music on the Apple Watch.

Is the Apple Watch compatible with my smartphone?

The minimum requirements for an iPhone user are that you have an iPhone 5 or later running at least iOS 8.2. Android phones are not compatible with any Apple Watch.

Can the Apple Watch connect to Bluetooth headphones?

Yes. Simply head into the settings section of the Watch, before selecting Bluetooth and the device that you're looking to pair. We've found some issues with the Watch pairing to headphones when a set is already known to our iPhone, but this has varied depending on which headphones we've been using.

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Apple Watch FAQ: Everything you need to know about your smartwatch

How can I add watch faces to the Apple Watch?

You can add faces to the Apple Watch by heading to the Watch app in your iPhone and hitting the Face Gallery tab at the bottom of the screen. Here, you can pick from a range of faces, which you can then personalise with complications (such as your battery percentage, or a shortcut to Strava) through the Watch itself. You can also edit which watch faces appear through the My Faces section of the app.

If you want to add something from your Photos, simply add it to the Favourites album. Once done, it will appear for syncing in the Face Gallery section of the app. Need some inspiration? Check out the best Apple Watch faces and complications.

How do I add complications to the Apple Watch?

Firstly, you'll need to make sure you're selecting a watch face which already has complications for you to edit. From there, simply hold down the screen on your Watch, tap which green box you want to edit and use the Digital Crown to scroll through which options you want on your face.

Can the Apple Watch charge wirelessly?

No. All models of the Apple Watch are only able to charge through a magnetic charging dock system. Apple, as well as many third-party sellers, offer docks for you to charge your Watch and hide the cable, but the Apple Watch doesn't conform to the Qi Wireless Charging standard like the latest iPhone devices, for example.

Apple Watch FAQ: Everything you need to know about your smartwatch

How does the Apple Watch LTE work?

The Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 4 both have a built-in eSIM, essentially giving you the same cellular capabilities as on your smartphone — even when that's not around. Both devices will share the same phone number, and you'll get all the same notifications you would when connected to your iPhone over Bluetooth.

For example, if someone calls you and your phone is miles away, you can still answer the call and speak through your Bluetooth headphones. If someone texts, you can also text them back from the wrist.

And if you want to listen to music, you're able to use your regular data plan to stream music from your iCloud library. It's like having a phone on your wrist, basically. Read our Apple Watch cellular guide for more information.

Can I use Apple Pay on the Apple Watch?

Yes. No matter which Apple Watch model you have, double-tapping the side button will bring up your card and a tap of the reader will let you utilise Apple Pay on the device. Through a recent software update, Watch users can now also send money to their friends using Apple Pay Cash. For more, including how to set up Apple Pay, read our guide on how to pay using an Apple Watch.

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